Hill-Murray freshman Emily Pohl scored twice as the No. 2 Pioneers defeated top-ranked Minnetonka. Pohl is shown above competing against Stillwater. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

NO. 2 PIONEERS KNOCK OF TOP-RANKED SKIPPERS

BY JACKSON BOLINE

The Minnetonka Skippers have held the top ranking in Girls Class AA hockey all season, but that could change this week as No. 2 Hill-Murray defeated the Skippers 5-3 on Saturday.

It was the matchup of the weekend between the top two teams in Class AA, No. 1 Minnetonka played host to No.2 Hill-Murray.

Mankato State University commit Lauren Goldsworthy got the scoring started for the top ranked Skippers but the Pioneers scored three unanswered goals from Emily Pohl, University of St. Thomas commit Chloe Boreen, and Jaycee Chatleain. After a total of five goals scored in the middle frame between both teams, Hill-Murray’s Pohl scored her second of the game giving the Pioneers the 5-3 win over Minnetonka. 

Goldsworthy, Grace Larson, and Providence University commit Lauren Mack all scored in the loss for Minnetonka. 

Pohl ended the game with three points, adding a helper to her two goals,  Chatleain and  Boreen each had a goal and assist, and Cornell University commit Josie Skoogman had a goal in the Pioneers win. Hill-Murray stays undefeated, while Minnetonka drops their first game of the year falling to 7-1. 

Dani Strom could be a early candidate for girls hockey senior goalie of the year after an incredible start to the year for No. 6 AA ranked Maple Grove. She was perfect again in the Crimson’s 2-0 win over Eden Prairie stopping all 20 shots she faced, and improving her stats to a GAA of 0.87, and a save percentage of .960 this season. Maple Grove moves to 7-1 on the year, with a big game coming up Wednesday against No. 3 ranked Edina. Grace Erickson had two points with a goal and assist, and Bella Shipley had a goal in the win for Maple Grove. Tegan Swanson stopped 30 of 32 in the loss for Eden Prairie. 

Strong goaltending continued in Apple Valley, as Freshman Finley Engfer had 42 saves for No. 18AA Apple Valley and Claire Bronson made 27 stops for No. 17AA Lakeville South in the 2-2 overtime tie. The Eagles were the lone team to score in the first period with an Avery Ryan goal. Emma Swenson and Ella Fowler scored in the middle frame for Lakeville South and Annabelle Cozy scored for Apple Valley in the second period. 

Kaiya Sandy was the top scorer in No. 3A ranked Warroads 5-1 win over No. 14A ranked Delano/Rockford. Taylor Reese had two goals and one assist, Karlee Kalbrener, and Alexis Anthony both scored in the Warriors win. Mckenzie Perry scored the lone goal for Delano/Rockford in the loss. 

Other scores around the state: 

Tenley Behr had two points in Luverne’s 4-3 overtime win against Mankato East. 

Cassie Solheim scored three points for No. 12A ranked Crookston’s 7-2 win over International Falls. 

No. 11AA Lakeville North squeezed by Rosemount 4-3. 

Callie Voeltz scored twice in No. 20A Minnesota River’s 6-0 win over Worthington. 

Greer Hardacre, and Marion Omann both had five points in Mound Westonka/SWC’s 13-0 route over Morris/Benson Area. 

Hutchinson took down Windom 5-1. 

Natalie Bergman scored a hat-trick and Nola Kwiatkowski stopped all 18 shots she faced in Rock Ridge’s 10-0 win. 

Blake wins a close game against Minneapolis 4-3. 

Grace Bickett, and Allie Pleimann both scored two goals in No. 1A Orono’s 7-1 win over Chaska/Chanhassen. Minnesota State-Mankato commit Zoe Lopez, Anna Rausch, and Lyllian Belgarde all scored in the Spartan’s win. Chloe Davey scored the lone goal for Chaska/Chanhassen in the loss. 

More scores around the state:

Marshall and Waseca skated to a 1-1 tie. 

Visitation fell to Osseo/Park Center 9-1. 

Bemidji took down Buffalo 3-1. 

Becca Brendalen had two goals and one assist for Bloomington Jefferson’s in their 5-4 overtime win over Waconia. 

Cretin-Derham Hall squeezed by Mounds View/Irondale in overtime 3-2. 

Prior Lake took down Eagan 5-1. 

Taylor Kressin had 28 saves for No. 7AA Moorhead’s 3-1 win over Elk River. Addi Brandt was busy in net for the Elk’s, stopping 37 shots in the loss. 

Eighth grader Jenna Goblirsch scored two goals in No. 15AA Famington’s 5-3 win over Eastview. 

No. 6A Dodge County peppered New Ulm’s goalie, Ava Brennan throwing 58 shots on net in Dodge County’s 2-1 win. Abby Simons and Maysie Koch scored for Dodge County in the win, while Mya Hornick scored the lone goal for New Ulm. 

No. 3AA Edina had 55 shots in their 5-1 win over North Wright County. NWC’s Katie Lemke had 50 saves in the loss, and Kaylee Idrogolam had two goals in the win for Edina. 

Hastings fell to White Bear Lake, 3-1. 

Mankato West lost to Winona 6-3. 

Mallory Hartl stopped all 27 shots she saw in Moose Lake Area’s 3-0 shutout win over Hopkins/Park. 

St. Cloud State University commit Payton Remick had five points, with four goals and one assist for No. 2AA ranked Roseau’s 8-3 win over St. Cloud. 

No. 10AA Holy Family takes down Gentry Academy 6-2. 

Minnesota State-Mankato commit Audrey Garton scored four goals in No. 2A Holy Angels 7-0 win over New Prague. 

Gracie Ambright stopped 23 of 23 shots in No. 14AA Woodbury shutout win over East Ridge, and finally No. 8AA Stillwater took down Roseville/Mahtomedi 6-2.