Centennial/SLP quietly continues their winning ways
There’s a sneaky team lurking in the top 10 in Class AA hockey. Centennial/Spring Lake Park doesn’t make headlines like perennial powers Edina, Andover and Hill-Murray. But they quietly won their 12th consecutive game Tuesday and improved to 17-1-2 on the season with a hard-fought 4-1 win over No. 14AA Champlin Park/Coon Rapids.
Madeline Wolter got the scoring going at 6:34 of the first period, assisted by Grace Laager and Teagan Kulenkamp. Laager made it 2-0 in the second period with Brooke Ueland assisting. Champlin got on the board before the second buzzer on a goal by June Semling. But Ellie Newpower’s power play goal in the third gave them a 3-1 cushion and Laager added an empty netter to secure the win. Champlin Park/Coon Rapids fired 39 shots on goal, but 38 of them were turned away by senior netminder Kaitlin Groess. Groess has now stopped 510 shots on the season and has a save percentage of .960.
The Cougars have allowed just 21 goals in 21 games and have scored 77. The goal allowed Tuesday night was the first goal allowed in their last five games. Strong defense, superior goaltending and depth up front has been the recipe for success for the Cougars who have not lost since Nov. 11 when they fell 1-0 to Maple Grove. They tied Rosemount Nov. 25 and Andover Dec. 5.
They will try and keep their win streak alive Saturday when they take on St. Cloud. Champlin Park/Coon Rapids (12-6-2) will host Mounds View/Irondale Thursday.
#1AA Minnetonka 2, North Wright County 0
Lauren Goldsworthy and Lindzi Avar scored second-period goals to lead the top-ranked Skippers past North Wright County 2-0. Avar, Lauren Mack and Grace Larson added assists for the Skippers, who improved to 16-2-1. Katie Lemke was strong in goal for NWC with 48 saves. Minnetonka will host No. 4AA Edina Saturday in a top-5 match up.
#2AA Andover 11, Osseo/Park Center 1
Hannah Christenson had a hat trick and two assists, and Julia Gerdes and Mackenzie Jones both scored twice to lead No. 2AA Andover to a 11-1 win over Osseo/Park Center. Reese Ruska scored the lone goal for OPC. Andover (13-3-3) will travel to No. 18AA Grand Rapids/Greenway on Saturday.
#4AA Edina 6, #16AA Eden Prairie 0
Hannah Halverson had two goals and an assist and Whitney Horton added a goal and two assist as No. 4 Edina made easy work of No. 16 Eden Prairie. Tegan Swanson had 42 saves for the Eagles. Edina improved to 16-4-1 and will take on top-ranked Minnetonka Saturday in Minnetonka. Eden Prairie (11-9-1) will host Wayzata Saturday.
#6AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 8, Minneapolis 0
The Red Knights got a hat trick from Kendall Hassler and three assists from Ella Pasqua to improve to 13-3-1 on the season with an 8-0 win over Minneapolis. B-SM will travel to Proctor/Hermantown Saturday for a battle against the No. 6 team in Class A.
Roseville/Mahtomedi 4, #11AA Woodbury 3 OT
Ruby Eskin scored the overtime winner as Roseville/Mahtomedi upset No. 11AA Woodbury 4-3. It was Woodbury’s second loss of the season. Olivia Hartman scored twice for Roseville/Mahtomedi who improved to 13-8-0. They will take on Elk River Saturday. Woodbury fell to 16-2-1 and will host No. 13AA Stillwater Saturday.
#12AA Maple Grove 4, Anoka 1
Maple Grove fired 68 shots on goal, and Anoka’s Gretchen Paaverud was up to the task with 64 saves. But it wasn’t enough as the Crimson defeated the Tornadoes 4-1. Maddie Elfstrand scored twice and Bella Shipley had two assists as the Crimson improved to 13-6-1. They will host Alexandria Friday night.
#13AA Stillwater 6, Park of Cottage Grove 0
Fresh off her stint playing for Team USA in the U18 World Championships, Josie St. Martin scored twice and added an assist as the Ponies defeated Park of Cottage Grove 6-0. Jospehine Lang added a goal and four assists as the Ponies improved to 14-6-0. Addy Finn and Brooke Nelson each added a goal and assist and Lily Timmons stopped all 14 shots she faced to earn the shutout. The Ponies will travel to No. 11AA Woodbury Saturday in a big Section 4AA match up.
#18AA Grand Rapids/Greenway 8, Superior (WI) 3
Minnesota State commit Mercury Bischoff scored four goals and Opal Anderson added two goals as Grand Rapids/Greenway made easy work of Superior. Bischoff now has 32 goals and 51 points on the season (20 games). Last year she finished with 44 goals and 73 points in 28 games.
#19AA White Bear Lake 5, Forest Lake 0
Ava Johnson and Talia Domschot each scored twice as No. 19AA White Bear Lake shut out Forest Lake 5-0. Gabriella Casa De Calvo stopped 23 shots to earn the shutout.
Simley 3, #20AA Apple Valley 2 OT
Ella Sanders scored at 5:35 of overtime to give Simley a 3-2 win over No. 20AA Apple Valley. Taylor Ralston and Courtney Kurowski also scored for the Spartans. Mia Dahl and Molly Hentges scored for Apple Valley.
#1A Academy of Holy Angels 3, New Prague 0
Academy of Holy Angels, coming off a big win over top-ranbked Orono to secure the No. 1 spot in Class A, rebounded with a 3-0 win over New Prague. New Prague hung close with the Stars, trailing just 1-0 after two periods as goalie Maezie Lock stopped 34 of 35 shots. She faced 18 more in the third and the Stars got goals from Aislin Lacher and Harper Poehling. Poehling’s was an empty netter giving Lock 51 saves on the night. The Stars improved to 14-2-3 and will host Thief River Falls Friday.
#2 Orono 4, Chaska/Chanhassen 1
Orono has wreaked havoc on some of their AA opponents this season. Their latest victim was Chaska/Chanhassen in a 4-1 win where they outshot the Stormhawks 55-9. Macy Rasmussen, Grace Bickett, Maddy Kimbrel and Gabi Lopez scored the Spartans. Evelyn Lundeen scored Chaska/Chan’s lone goal. Stormhawk goalie Maverick Margraf had 51 saves on the night. Orono improved to 14-5-1 and will take on No. 4A Dodge County Saturday in a highly anticipated match up.
#10A South St. Paul 8, Chisago Lakes 1
Alida Ahern had a hat trick and two assists and Lily Pachl had two goals and two assists as No. 10A South St. Paul rattled Chisago Lakes in an 8-1 win. Bailey Vesper added a goal and two assists and Julia Burgos Frias added a pair of assists as the packers improved to 12-8-0.
#11A Delano/Rockford 1, #12 Pine City Area 0
In a precursor to a potential Section 5A showdown, No. 11A Delano/Rockford scored the only goal of the game in the third period to squeak past No. 12A Pine City Area. Aubrey Wittwer scored 90 seconds into the third period and senior goaltender Kayla Simonson stopped all 38 shots to secure the shutout. Simonson has a .935 save percentage on the season. Iriss Sanftner stopped 29 shots for Pine City, who fell to 11-6-1 and will take on Chisago Lakes Thursday. Delano improved to 12-7-0 and will travel to No. 20A Hutchinson on Saturday.
#15A Albert Lea 2, #18A Luverne 1
Luverne outshot Albert Lea 28-13, but the Tigers finished ahead on the scoreboard 2-1 to improve to 14-3-0 on the season. Morgan Goskenson and Liley Steven scored first-period goals for Albert Lea and all Luverne could muster was a goal by Ellie Van Batavia in the second period. Albert Lea’s Rachel Dopplehammer stopped 27 shots to earn the win in goal.