Orono has had a lot to celebrate about this season.

Orono makes the most of their last Class AA-ranked matchup of the season

No. 2A Orono 3, No. 3A Edina 1

Orono made a late-season statement with a 3-1 win over Edina, a win that will certainly help with section seeding. The Spartans have won back-to-back games as the regular season nears a close. Orono improves to 17-6-1 and will finish the regular season against Bloomington Jefferson. Edina finished their regular season with an 18-6-1 record and the wait for seeding begins for the Hornets. Edina will head into the postseason sitting with the second-best record in Section 6AA, behind only Benilde-St—Margaret’s. 

It took just over a minute into the game for Maddy Kimbrel to find the back of the net, as she gave Orono a 1-0 lead, Allie Pleimann assisted the goal. The lead held until the 14:55 mark of the second period when Lorelai Nelson scored for Edina. Hannah Halverson and Taylor Gardner both had helpers on the Hornets goal.  Halvorson ended a great regular season with 21-22-43 in her 25 games. 

Vivienne Anderson secured her 11th win on the season after taking down Edina.

Kali Schmidt broke the 1-1 tie in the third period with an early goal, assisted by Kimbrel. The Spartans added to their 2-1 lead later in the final frame, when Schmidt struck again, this time assisted by Grace Bickett and Macy Rasmussen. Vivienne Anderson was excellent yet again in net, stopping 34 of 35 for the Spartans. Anderson is nearing the end of an incredible Freshman season, sporting an 11-5-1 record, 1.72 goals against average, 0.926 save percentage, and  four shutouts. Nora Hannan had 25 total saves for Edina. Hannan finished a really good junior regular season going 6-4-1 and sporting a 1.42 goals against average, 0.926 save percentage, and three shutouts. 

No. 2AA Hill-Murray 5, No. 1A Academy of Holy Angels 3

Hill-Murray won their second straight game after taking down the Academy of Holy Angels 5-3. The Pioneers improved to 20-3-0 with two games left in the season. They face Maple Grove on Saturday and Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Tuesday. Holy Angels fell to 18-3-3 and will finish their regular season on Saturday when they face Minneapolis. 

Jaycee Chatleain scored her 18th goal in Hill-Murray’s 5-3 win over Academy of Holy Angels. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

 

In the first period, Josie Skoogman got the scoring started for Hill-Murray, with assists from Maddy Morrell and Olivia Braunshausen. Holy Angels answered right back with a goal from Marci Jung assisted by Harper Poehling. Tied 1-1 in the second period, Emilie Anderson broke the tie on the powerplay for Holy Angels. The Stars didn’t hold onto the lead long as Elliana Engelhardt, Jaycee Chatelain, and Ella Hornung all scored for the Pioneers. Anderson scored again for Holy Angels later in the third period but Hill-Murray held a 4-3 lead after two periods. The lone goal scorer in the third period was Emily Pohl for Hill-Murray as they held onto the win over Holy Angels. 

No. 7AA Lakeville North 3, No. 20AA Apple Valley 2

In a crucial late-season Section 3AA clash, Lakeville North took down Apple Valley 3-2. The Panthers stayed red hot with their 10th straight win. They improve to 20-2-1 with two games left in the regular season, the first is at Prior Lake on Saturday, then at Shakopee on Monday. Apple Valley fell to 13-9-2 and will finish up their regular season hosting Eagan on Saturday. 

Lakeville North may be the hottest team in girls’ hockey heading into the postseason. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Lakeville North scored twice in the first period, off the blades of Ashley Wagenbach on the power play and Alexa Ruppert at even strength. The Panthers led 2-0 after the first and no score in the second period so they took the lead into the third frame. Early in the third, Makayla Moran struck twice for Apple Valley. The first goal came just 23 seconds in, and the other was just over two minutes. Nearing the end of the regular season, Moran in her junior season now has 33-24-57 in 24 games this season. 

Tied at 2-2 midway through the final frame, Addie Bowlby scored the go-ahead goal. The Panthers hung on to narrowly take down the Eagles. With just two games to play in her senior regular season, Bowlby now has 39-17-56 through 23 games. Kaia Weiland had 28 saves on 30 shots in net for Lakeville North. Weiland stays undefeated in her freshman year with a 13-0-0 record, and she sports a 1.44 goals against average, 0.923 save percentage, and four shutouts. 

Bowlby now has 39-17-56 through 23 games. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

No. 4AA Andover, 15AA Eden Prairie 0

Andover outshoots Eden Prairie 39-11 in a 5-0 win. The Huskies won the second straight and improved to a 17-4-3 record and will finish their regular season against Stillwater on Saturday. Eden Prairie finished their regular season with a 12-12-1 record and awaits Section seedings. 

Andover will finish their regular season on Saturday when they face Stillwater. They have a 17-4-3 record. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Wisconsin commit Mackenzie Jones got the scoring started for Andover in the first period, as they held a 1-0 lead after one. In the second period, Julia Gerdes and Maya Engler both scored as they gave the Huskies a secure 3-0 lead into the third. Andover got two more goals in the third period, the first from Merrill Delich and the second from Hannah Christenson as the Huskies skated away with the shutout win. Clairebella Hills stopped all 11 shots she faced en route to her eighth shutout on the season. 

No. 6AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4, No. 19AA Cretin-Derham Hall 1 

Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored three goals in the second period helping them past Cretin-Derham Hall 4-1. Lizzy Hamel was the game’s first goal-scorer for the Red Knights in the second period as they led 1-0 in the third. BSM’s Talla Hansen scored early in the final frame and Kendall Hassler scored back-to-back goals late in the game. BSM won their seventh straight game to improve to 19-3-1 on the season and play Waconia on Saturday then finish up their season on Tuesday against Hill-Murray. Cretin-Derham Hall finishes their regular season at 14-11-0. 

With an assist in the Red Knights win over Cretin-Derham Hall, Kaeli Koopman surpassed 100 career points.

No. 16A Moose Lake Area 1, No. 13A Pine City Area 0

Moose Lake Area ended their regular season on a high note taking down Pine City Area 1-0. The Rebels finished with a 13-11-1 record on the season winning their final two games. Pine City Area fell to 15-8-1 and will finish their regular season against Detroit Lakes on Friday. 

The lone goal in the game came in the third period when Katie Metzer scored for Moose Lake Area, assisted by Hallie Klavu and Jorja Jusczak. Piper Genereau stopped all 19 shots she faced for the Rebels. Iriss Sanftner had 30 saves on 31 shots for the Dragons in net. 

No. 18A New Ulm 2, No. 11A Albert Lea 1

Madalynne Olson and Mya Hornick both scored in the first period for New Ulm as the Eagles took down Albert Lea. Morgan Goskeson scored Albert Lea’s lone goal. New Ulm improved to 13-10-1 and will finish their season up against Windom on Tuesday. Albert Lea fell to 17-6-1 and their last game of the regular season is Saturday against Rochester Century/John Marshall. 

No. 5AA Northfield 8, Mankato West 0

The state’s leading scorer Ayla Puppe surpassed 100 points on the season with a goal and two assists for Northfield in the Raiders’ 8-0 routing of Mankato West. Northfield suffered their first loss against fellow Section 1AA Dodge County last week but rebounded with a Thursday night win to finish the season 24-1-0. 

No. 12A Willmar 3, St. Cloud 2

After three Willmar scored three straight goals in the first and second periods from Avery Olson, Sophia Quinn, and Avery Quinn as the Cardinals took down St. Cloud 3-2. Lauren Juncewski scored two unanswered goals in the third period for the Crush but Willmar held off for the win. Willmar finishes the season with an 18-7-0 record. 

No. 10A South St. Paul 4, Minneapolis 1

Alida Ahern scored four goals for South St. Paul en route to a 4-1 win over Minneapolis. SSP finished the regular season with a 16-9-0 record. Minneapolis fell to 6-16-1 and will play Academy of Holy Angels on Saturday. 

No. 18AA Grand Rapids/Greenway 7, Hibbing/Chisholm 1

Minnesota State – Mankato commit Mercury Bischoff had a three-point performance in Grand Rapids/Greenway’s 7-1 win over Hibbing/Chisholm. Bischoff finished the regular season with 37-20-57 through her 25 games. The Lightning finished the regular season with a 15-9-1 record. 

No. 14A Delano/Rockford 3, Buffalo 1

Mckenzie Perry scored twice in the third period, helping Delano/Rockford to a 3-1 win over Buffalo. Delano/Rockford improved to 14-10-0 and will finish the season on Saturday against Hutchinson. 

No. 9A Crookston 4, Thief River Falls 0

Kambelle Freije stopped all 18 shots she faced as Crookston took down Thief River Falls 4-0. McKenna Carr had a great game despite the loss stopping 41 of 45 in net for the Prowlers. The Pirates finished the regular season with a 16-8-1 record.