Andover ends Maple Grove win streak with 1-0 win
There may not have been a hotter team in Class AA hockey than the Maple Grove Crimson. Having won eight straight games, including their last three over top-10 teams, the Crimson were looking to keep their win streak alive against Andover. But a first period goal by Andover’s Caleb Goar stood the test of time in Thursday’s battle between No. 6 Maple Grove and the 11th-ranked Huskies to snap the win streak. Andover’s Cal Conway stopped all 28 shots he faced, including 14 in the third period to help secure the win and improve the Huskies to 8-5-0. Maple Grove netminder Zach Price was equally impressive with 26 saves as the Crimson fell to 8-3-0. Maple Grove will play Blaine on Saturday while Andover will take on Osseo.
No. 8AA St. Thomas Academy 3, No. 4AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1
Cole Braunshausen’s goal with 15 seconds left gave No. 8AA St. Thomas Academy a 2-1 lead in a back-and-forth battle with No. 4AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Jimmy Zavoral fired in an empty netter for a 3-1 win. STA’s Luca Pedri scored midway through the second period to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead and it stayed that way until the 12:26 mark of the third when Red Knight A.J. Ulrich tied it. Benilde-St. Margaret’s won the shots battle 23-21, but could only get the one past Cadet netminder Cody Niesen. Mason McElroy stopped 20 shots for the Red Knights who fell to 8-2-1. They will host Moorhead on Saturday. STA won their sixth straight to improve to 9-3-1. They will travel play Tartan Saturday.
No. 1AA Minnetonka 6, No. 12AA Hill-Murray 0
Top-ranked Minnetonka continued their winning ways and did so once again in convincing fashion with a 6-0 victory over No. 12 Hill-Murray. They scored twice in the first and four times in the second period. The Skippers continued to get balanced scoring form all three lines. Luke Garry, Joey Mosiman, Sam Scheetz, Hagen Burrows, Ashton Schultz and John Stout all lit the lamp for Tonka who improved to 11-0-1. They outshot the Pioneers 36-17. Hill-Murray fell to 5-4-2 on the season. The Pioneers will hist Two Rivers Saturday while Minnetonka will host No. 6A Mahtomedi (5-7-0).
No. 2Aa Wayzata 7, Buffalo 0
No. 2AA Wayzata made easy work of Buffalo Thursday night with a 7-0 win to improve to 11-0-2 on the season. Luke Miller had a pair of goals and Cade De St. Hubert a pair of assists to lead the Trojans. Rhys Wallin added a goal and an assist as the Trojans outshot Buffalo 60-7.
No. 5AA Edina 2, No. 17Aa Lakeville South 1
No. 5AA Edina continues to win close games with strong defensive play. They have allowed two goals or less in 10 of their 12 games and have not allowed more than three. On Thursday they beat No. 17AA Lakeville South 2-1. Second-period goals by Freddie Schneider and Mason West overcame a first-period goal by the Cougars’ Jackson Ernst. West’s game-winner came on the power play in what was a penalty-ridden game with the Hornets taking eight infractions to Lakeville South’s seven. The Hornets successfully killed off a five-minute major early in the third as netminder Joe Bertram did the job in goal with 30 saves on the night. Lakeville South’s Carson Hauger also played well with 34 saves. Edina improved to 10-2-0 and will host No. 10Aa Holy Family Saturday at 7 p.m. The Cougars (6-5-0) will host Eagan for a 3 p.m. puck drop.
No, 9AA Rosemount 3, No. 20AA Eastview 3
A late goal by Luca Salak helped tie Rosemount’s game against Eastview with just over a minute to play in regulation. After a scoreless overtime the teams skated to a 3-3 tie. The No. 9 Irish scored twice in the first period when Salak opened up scoring at the midway mark. Hans Hedlund added a goal to make it 2-0. But Eastview responded with three straight goals. Second-period goals by Caleb Nelson and Ethan Hansen tied the game 2-2 and Cam Roth scored in the third for a 3-2 lead. Salak’s second goal of the game salvaged the tie for the Irish who won the shots on goal battle 35-22. Rosemount is now 10-3-1 on the season and will host No. 7 Shakopee (10-2-1) on Jan. 9. Eastview is now 6-6-1 and will host Lakeville North.
No. 3AA Chanhassen 8, No. 3A Delano 0
In a battle of No.3 teams, third-ranked in AA Chanhassen scored five second-period goals to throttle No. 3A Delano 8-0 in Chanhassen.
Eight different skaters scored for the Storm, who outshot the Tigers 42-11. Logan Smith, Andy Earl, Tyler Smith, Chase Borene, Ryan McPartland, Ben Curtis, Caden Lee and Nick Patka all found the net for the Storm. Earl and Jake Risch each added two assists as the Storm improved to 10-4-0. They will travel to play Duluth East (3-9-1) Saturday. Delano fell to 8-4-1 and host No. 7 Orono (8-4-0) Saturday.
No. 7A Orono 5, Providence Academy 3
In other Class A action, Providence Academy’s Owen Villagomez stopped 69 shots in a 5-3 loss to No. 7 Orono. Villagomez held the Lions in the game through the 10-minute mark of the third period when the Spartans tallied back-to-back goals by Joey Mugaas and Rory Kvren to take a 5-3 lead. The teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first despite Orono firing 23 shots on goal to Providence’s four. Louis Wehmann got the Lions on board in the second with his first goal of the night and 25th on the season. Orono took a 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by Jackson Knight and Tommy Lewin. Knight, a sophomore, has 11 goals on the season.
Providence Academy’s Gavin Sattler tied the game on a power play, but Kvren put the Spartans back up by a goal at the end of the second. Wehmann tied it three minutes into the third with his 26th goal. The goals by Mugaas and Kvren gave the Spartans a 5-3 lead and penalties kept the Lions a man short for the final four minutes of the game. Kvren and Mugaas each finished with three points and Knight added an assist to his goal as the Spartans improved to 8-4-0. They will travel to No. 3A Delano (8-4-1) Saturday for a 3 p.m. puck drop. Providence Academy fell to 4-10-0 and will travel to Breck next Tuesday.
No. 1A Hermantown 6, Rock Ridge 1
No. 1A Hermantown took on former Section 8A rival Rock Ridge and won 6-1. Rock Ridge is now playing in Section 7AA. Hermantown improved to 8-2-2 and will host No. 14AA Eden Prairie Saturday while Rock Ridge dropped to 8-2-1 and will travel to Princeton Saturday.
No. 5A East Grands Forks 4, No. 12A Thief River Falls 1
No. 5A East Grand Forks controlled play against No. 12A Thief River Falls, outshooting them 38-11 and beating them 4-1. Nick Corbett, Judd Pesch, Cooper Hills and Hunter Varnson all scored for the Green Wave. Spencer Hempel had the lone goal for Thief River. East Grand Forks improved to 9-5-0 and will take on No. 18A Detroit Lakes next Tuesday. Thief River Falls fell to 7-4-1 and will travel to No. 15 Northern Lakes Saturday for an afternoon tilt.
No. 14A Proctor continues to play well as they fended off a very good AA Duluth Denfeld team 3-1
The upset of the night came in Section 4AA with Stillwater shutting out No. 13 White Bear Lake 5-0.
No. 6A Mahtomedi took care of AA opponent St, Michael-Albertville with a 7-3 win.
No. 13A Hibbing-Chisholm shut out Greenway 8-0.
St. Cloud defeated No. 11A Alexandria 6-1. Aiden Yurzyck had two goals and an assist and Nick Bierschbach scored twice for St. Cloud. Henry Burkstrand also had a goal and two assists.