Goalies stand tall in back-and-forth battle
No.1A Orono 1, No. 4AA Benilde-St. Margaret 1
The top team in Class A girls hockey Orono has seen their share of top Class AA teams, and that hasn’t changed into the new year as No.1A Orono traveled to No.4AA Benilde-St. Margaret on Thursday. The Red Knights got the scoring started with an Addie Morris goal at the 6:20 mark of the first period. BSM’s Ellie Hancock and Spartans’ Vivienne Anderson were both busy in the net through two periods, and they both stepped up and played great. Anderson stopped 23 of 24 through two frames for Orono, and Hancock was perfect through two periods with 20 saves for BSM. Orono finally got on the board midway through the third period with a Kali Schmidt goal to tie the game at one apiece. Schmidt, a Junior for the Spartans’ is in the midst of a great season, scoring 10-8-18 through 17 games. Neither team was able to score in the third, so there was extra hockey inside the St. Louis Park Rec Center. It was a defensive overtime period, as each team allowed just two shots each, none of which found the back of the net. Spartans’ goalie, Anderson was solid in net, stopping a total 36 of 37 shots. Anderson is having an excellent Freshman season, sporting a 1.31 GAA, and 0.939 save percentage and she has three shutouts, she is a name to look out for the next couple of years for Orono. On the opposite side of the ice, Hancock was almost just as good, stopping 30 of 31 for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Orono moves to 12-4-1 on the seasons and the Red Knights sport an 11-2-1 record. The top-ranked Spartans have another big test on Thursday when they face No. 3AA Andover. BSM’s schedule doesn’t get easier either as they face No. 6AA Northfield on Tuesday.
No. 11AA Stillwater 4, No. 19AA White Bear Lake 0
Stillwater’s Lily Timmons and White Bear Lake’s Gabriella Casa de Calvo both were perfect after the first period of a big Section 4AA matchup as Timmons stopped 10 saves, and Casa de Calvo stopped all 16 shots she faced for WBL. The second period had the Ponies score three unanswered goals, two from Providence commit Josephine Lane and one from Audrey Hackler. Lane, in her senior season, has 10-20-30 through 16 games. Riley Robinson netted her first of the season putting Stillwater up 4-0 which is what the score would stay, as the Ponies take down White Bear Lake 4-0. Brooke Nelson, and Belle McKenzie both had one assist. New Hampshire commit Addy Finn added to her great point total with two assists for the Ponies. Finn now has a stat line of 12-16-28 through 16 games and has five points in her last five games. Ponies senior goalie Timmons got her fifth shutout on the year after blanking the Bears with 26 saves. Despite the loss Casa de Calvo had 37 saves on 41 shots, and she continues her very good season with 1.93 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. White Bear Lake gets another shot at fellow Section 4AA Stillwater on Tuesday as these two teams face each other again.
No. 15A Pine City River 3, No.20A Chisago Lakes 2
Two top 20 ranked opponents faced off on Thursday when No. 15A Pine City Area faced No. 20A Chisago Lakes. After a scoreless first period, Section 4A Chisago Lakes got scoring started over a minute into the second period with an Alyson Vogelsang goal, but Rhiannon Ashworth answered for Pine City Area, scoring at the 7:39 mark of the middle frame tying the game at one. In the final period, the Dragons scored two unanswered goals, as Ashworth got another goal and Lena Roubinek netted PCA’s third goal. Ashworth has been riding a big hot streak, scoring a goal in five straight games, and she has 11 points in those five games, her season total is 13-9-22 through 14 games. Nora DeVries scored for Chisago Lakes but the comeback fell short as Pine City Area skated away with a 3-2 win.
Rosemount 5, No. 15AA Farmington 2
Talia Vescio, Sophie Stramel, and Aubrey Finn all scored for Rosemount as the three first-period goals proved too much to overcome for Farmington as the Irish upset Farmington 5-2. Lilly Samuelson and Maggie Erickson were Rosemount’s other goal-scorers. Stramel added an assist, while Madelyn Sundgren and Annalee Holzer had an assist for the Irish. Payton Blom and Paige Johnson were the goal scorers for Farmington. Layla Garofalo, Taylor Risch, and Lexi Giller all had one assist for Farmington. The Tigers will have another test on Friday when they face No.20AA Apple Valley, while Rosemound will look to go over .500 on the season when they face Eastview on Saturday.
No. 4A Duluth Marshall 6, Rock Ridge 0
Duluth Marshall took on Rock Ridge in a Section 7A battle on Thursday night and it was another Ilsa Lindaman masterpiece. The University of St. Thomas commit had the game’s first goal, which was the first of her five points on the night (2g, 3a), in the Hilltoppers 6-0 win over Rock Ridge. Nina Thorson’s performance can’t go unnoticed as she scored a hattrick, and the other Duluth Marshall’s goal was from Avery Lian, who also had an assist. Aubrey Johnson, Hailey Cummins, Annie Bachand, and Sarah Stauber all had helpers, and Aurelia Anderson stopped all 21 shots she faced. The Hilltoppers move to 16-1-1 on the season and have a big Section 7A tilt on Tuesday when they face No. 5A Proctor/Hermantown.
No. 16AA Lakeville South 3, Shakopee 2
Brynn O’Neill scored twice for Lakeville South in the Cougars 3-2 win over Shakopee. Emerson Young and Nadia Rylance got the scoring started for Shakpopee but Lakeville South fired back, scoring three straight to avoid the big upset. Emma Swenson scored the Cougars tying goal in the third period, Josie Grossman had two assists, and Lilly Hunst, and Ella Fowler both had an assist for South. Cougars goalie Claire Bronson had 16 saves of 17, while Liv Toczek was busy in net with 40 saves on 43 shots for Shakopee.
No. 10AA Maple Grove 2, Rogers 1
Grace Erickson had a goal and assist in Maple Grove’s 2-1 win over Rogers. Bella Shipley scored the game-winning goal at the 14:16 mark of the third period as the Crimson avoided a large upset. Avery Achterkirch was Rogers’ lone goal scorer, Claire Kinneberg stopped 33 of 35 in net for Rogers.
No. 9AA Lakeville North 3, Prior Lake 2
Addie Bowlby scored her 26 goal of the season with seven seconds left in the game for Lakeville North to take down Prior Lake 3-2. Makayla Lee, and Ashley Wagenbach were North’s other goal scorers, Grace Hanson had two assists for Lakeville North. Abby Anthony had a goal and assist for Prior Lake, while Tessa Ginkel had the Lakers’ other goal. Olivia Hansen stopped 38 of 41 for Prior Lake in net.
No.13AA Champlin Park/Coon Rapids 2, Blaine 2
Blaine’s Morgan Zenk stopped 38 of 40 shots and Madelyn Wostrel had 31 saves on 33 shots for Champlin Park/Coon Rapids in a 2-2 tie.
No. 17A Fergus Falls 2, No. 14A River Lakes 0
Aubree Nelson and Averie Tonneson scored for Fergus Falls while Ana Jyrkas stopped 32 shots she faced as the Otters shutout River Lakes 2-0.
Other Scores around the State of Hockey
No.5AA Edina 6, Cretin-Derham Hall 1
No. 19A Moose Lake Area 3, North Shore 1
No.2A Academy of Holy Angels 3, Gentry Academy 1
No.7A Mound Westonka/SWC 11, New Prague 1
No. 20AA Apple Valley 6, Eagan 2
Makayla Moran scored her 250th point Thursday night with two goals and two assists in Apple Valley’s 6-2 win over Eagan. Moran is committed to play at Minnesota State-Mankato. She has 21 goals and 22 assist this season in 16 games.
On a 2G-2A-4pt night, #18 Makayla Moran becomes the newest member of the 250 point club!
Mankato-State is getting a great one!
What an incredible accomplishment, MakMo! We are all so very proud of you!!
114GP) 140G – 111A – 251 points pic.twitter.com/6qrosoieK7
— Apple Valley Women's Hockey (@AVHSWHockey) January 5, 2024
No. 8AA Moorhead 11, Fargo Davies 1
Mankato East 8, No. 18A Hutchinson 1
St. Cloud Crush 3, Alexandria 2
Eastview 7, Metro-South 4
Duluth 7, International Falls 0
Visitation 4, St. Paul/Two Rivers 3
Fairmont 3, Worthington 0
Northern Tier 5, Princeton/Big Lake/Becker 0
Northern Lakes 3, Prairie Center 1
Rochester Mayo 8, Austin 0