Clairebella Hills shuts out Red Knights in 5-0 win
No. 5 Andover met up with No. 3 Benilde-St. Margaret’s Thursday at Ridder Arena and the Huskies made a statement with a 5-0 win. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp and Clairebella Hills stopped all 20 shots to earn the shutout. Ella Thoreson, Nora Sauer, Hannah Christenson, Courtney Little and Hanna Olson all scored. Christenson and Thoreson added assists and Maya Engler had two helpers to lead the No. 5 Huskies. Shots on goal were even at 20-20, but Andover had the hot sticks in this one, scoring three goals in a three-minute span in the first period.
The Red Knights sticks heated up on Friday, however, with an 8-1 win over Bemidji. After a scoreless first period, their fourth straight without a goal, Ellie Stewart opened the floodgates with a goal 52 seconds into the second, assisted by Grace Bendickson. They would go on to score four more – Kenall Hassler, Talla Hansen, Kaeli Koopman, Josie Virnig – to finish off the period tiwht a 5-0 lead. Hansen and Virnig both scored again in the third along with Sienna Duffy. Emma Greiner scored Bemidji’s lone goal.
Stewart finished with a goal and three assists, Hansen with two goals and an assists and Bendickson and Ruby Ryan with two assists each. Benilde is now 7-2-0 on the season with both losses coming to Andover, who improved to 6-1-2 and takes on Blaine today.
In other Class AA action Friday No. 19 Green Rapids/Greenway got two goals and two assists from Mercury Bischoff and three assists form Molly Pierce in a 6-0 win over Hibbing/Chisholm. The Lightning are now 8-3-0 and have won seven of their last eight.
No. 20 Brainerd/Little Falls fell to Roseau 6-2. The Rams got a hat trick and an assist from Payton Remick and two goals and an assist from Lily Erickson. Kylee Bjerk and Summer Byfuglien each had two assists and Jasmine Hoda had a goal and two assists as they improved to 6-6-0 omn the year while Brainerd/Little Falls fell to 7-4-0.
In Class A No. 10 Crookston traveled to No. 17 Chisago Lakes on Friday and came away with a hard-fought 3-1 win. Addison Fee scored twice and Kambelle Frieje made 15 saves in the third period alone on her way to a 29-save effort. Brynley Coleman also scored for Crookston and Lexi Smothers scored the lone tally for Chisago Lakes. Chisago’s Brianna Ritter stopped 25 shots. Crookston improved to 8-3-1 while Chisago Lakes evened up to 4-4.
Another big matchup in Class A included a pair of top10 teams with No. 9 Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian battling No. 7 Breck. Once again the goaltenders played well with Mound coming out with a 3-1 win. Georgie Harmer got things going early with a first-period goal to give the White Hawks a 1-0 lead. Goals by Gisella Harder and Camryn Hargreaves made it 3-0. Breck got on board three minutes into the thirs when Mackenna Schlieman scored, but that’s all they could muster against White Hawk goalie Ashlyn Roth who stopped 22 shots in the win. Breck’s Mackenzie Abbott had 29 saves as the Mustangs fell to 7-2-0 and Mound improved to 6-4-1.
No. 5A Dodge County flexed their muscles against a AA team with a 5-0 win over Owatonna. They came out of the locker room with purpose, scoring four goals in the first period. McKenna LaFleur, Nora Carstensen, Zoe Heimer and Hannah Peterson all scored in the first and Daisy Harens added a second-period goal. The Wildcats are now 9-1-0 on the season and have eight players averaging at least a point a game: Peterson (10), Harens (12), Mollie Koch (14), Heimer (16), LaFleur (16), Maysie Koch (17), Abby Simons (19) and Carstensen (21).
In other Class A scores, No. 6 Proctor/Hermantown beat No. 13 Delano/Rockford 2-1.
No. 11A South St. Paul’s Alida Ahern had two goals and two assists and Lily Pachl had a goal and three assists in a 6-2 win over Hastings. Bailey Vesper added two goals as well as the Packers improved to 6-4-0. Pachl leads the team with 10 goals and 11 assists in the 10 games.
No. 19 Cloquet/Esko/Carlton defeated Sartell-St. Stephen 3-2.
Thief River Falls defeated Detroit Lakes 5-2. News also surfaced that Detroit Lakes Head Coach Scott Piepkorn resigned from his post due to issues with a couple players and parents. “I did not step away from my team for personal reasons or to spend more time with my family,” Piepkorn said in an email to the Detroit Lakes Tribune. “My hockey girls are my family. There was an issue with a couple of players and parents that, for the sake of the team, I decided to step away. I would like to thank Gretchen and Jeff Norby for stepping in to coach a great bunch of kids for the remainder of the season. This group has a lot of potential to do great things this season and into the future.”
Here is a recap of some of Thursday night’s action:
No. 17AA Apple Valley hosted unranked Shakopee, and after the Eagles shot off to a 2-0 lead in the second period with both goals off the stick of Makayla Moran Shakopee responded with an Allison Parker goal, making it 2-1 heading into the third. The third period was a frenzy of goals, started by Apple Valley, as they scored three early unanswered goals from Molly Hentges, Avery Ryan , and Olivia Priester, appearing as they were running away with the game, leading 5-1 with over half of the period remaining. However, Shakopee had other ideas, as they triumphed back scoring three of their own goals from Elisabeth Canny, Hannah Grabianowski, and Breklyn Skattum, getting them back within one, with a few minutes to play. The Sabres were unable to find the tying goal, leading to an Apple Valley 5-4 win. Mia Dahl, Katie Jensen, and Leila Korkowski all had one assist for Apple Valley, Annabelle Cozy had two helpers, and Moran added an assist to her two goals for the Eagles. Skattum and Canny both had two assists and a goal for Shakopee, while Callie Peterson had a helper, and Grabianowski had three assists to go along with her goal in the game.
No. 1A Orono had a goal and two assists from Zoe Lopez in a 7-0 win over North Wright County.
No. 2A Holy Angels got a pair of goals from Audrey Garton and three assists from Taylor Lesnar in a 5-1 win over Blaine.
No. 4A Duluth Marshall’s Ilsa Lindaman scored four goals, giving her a state-leading 26 in a 5-1 win over Superior. The Hilltoppers improved to 11-1-0. Lindaman has 41 points on the season.
No.10 A Crookston got a goal and two assists form Jocelyn Field and two goals from Brekken Tull in a 5-0 win over Detroit Lakes.
No. 20AA Brainerd/Little Falls went to overtime against No. 16A Fergus Falls and prevailed 2-1 on a goal by Lilly DeRosier.
Kaelyn Wittwer had a goal and two assists to lead No. 13 Delano/Rockford to a 3-2 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper.
Ashley Fischer, Brielle Newton and Jessica Eykyn each had two goals to lead Mankato East to a 13-0 win over Austin. Alexis Erickson, Reegan Steindl and Ella Fugazzi each had a goal and two assists.
Sophia Hess scored the overtime winner for No. 8 River Lakes in a 2-1 win over Sartell/St. Stephen. Senior goalie Kaydence Roeske stopped 16 shots in the win.
Lily Jorgensen had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win for No. 15A Willmar over St. Cloud.
No. 7AA Northfield coasted to a 11-1 win over Winona. The state’s leading scorer, Ayla Puppe, had two goals and two assists. Grace McCoshen had a hat trick and three assists and Emerson Garlie had a hat trick and an assists as Northfield improved to . Mia Miller added three assists and Isabelle Stephes had two goals and an assist.
No. 14AA Farmington got a pair of goals from Layla Garofalo in a 4-0 win over Eagan. Farmington netminder Makena Underwood stopped all 12 shots she faced.
No. 11AA Holy Family held off a pesky Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato squad 3-2 despite outshooting them 52-26. Ella Nonweiler broke a 1-1 tie in the third and Josie Linn added another goal. LDC’s Emma Grangroth scored a late goal for the Dragons but it wasn’t enough. Kira Kuechle had 49 saves for the Dragons.
In a battle of the Lakeville’s, No. 10 North and No. 15 South skated to a 1-1 tie. North led the shots battle 38-20, but South goalie Claire Bronson was up to the task with 38 saves. Addie Bowlby scored for North and Brynn O’Neill scored for South a minute apart in the second period. North is now 8-0-1 and South is 6-1-3.
Anoka routed Visitation 8-1 behind a four goal and two assist game from Katelyn Buth who boosted her season point total to 13. Minnesota State commit Audrey Garton (2g, 1a) had three points, and goalie Zoe Rimstad had 23 saves for No. 2A Academy of Holy Angels in their 5-1 win over Blaine. Ava Jovan had 34 saves for Buffalo and Maverick Margraf had 24 stops for Chaska/Chanhassen in the two teams 1-1 tie.
Afton Hulke had three assists to lead New Ulm to a 3-1 win over Minnesota River.
Anna Mollenhauer had two goals and two assists to lead Owatonna to a 9-0 win over Red Wing. Claire Dixon added two goals and an assist.
Chloe King had two goals and an assist to lead Northern Tier past Hopkins/St. Louis Park 5-1.
No. 18 A Pine City Area beat Northern Lakes 7-0 behind a hat trick from Abby Aagaard.