Both goalies stand tall in a top Class A and Class AA battle
A battle of two top teams in their respective Class’ clashed on Tuesday night as No. 9AA Maple Grove took a trip to Orono to face the No. 1A Spartans.
The Crimson looks to get back into the win column after coming off a 4-1 loss against No. 8AA Centennial/SLP on Saturday. On the other side, top-ranked Orono has been red hot, winning nine of their previous ten games, and the only loss in that stretch came against No. 6AA Northfield.
The opening period was what you’d expect from two teams who average just over a goal allowed per game. Both the Crimson and Spartans created scoring chances but Maple Grove’s Dani Strom and Orono’s Vivienne Anderson were both perfect in net after one.
In the second period, it was all Orono as they were firing on all cylinders in the offensive zone, getting six quick shots on the net within the first five minutes. Thankfully for the Crimson, Strom was a rock in the net keeping the game scoreless halfway through the period. Strom’s been great all season, sporting a .950 save percentage, a 1.18 goals-against average, and she already has five shutouts in the young season.
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Orono continued their heavy pressure throughout the period, and after killing off an Anna Rausch minor penalty the Spartans finally got rewarded as the team’s point leader Zoe Lopez sent home a rebound goal off an Alexa Niccum shot giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead on home ice. Orono outshot Maple Grove 13-2 in the middle frame, looking in complete control against a top team in Class AA heading into the third period.
Goalies have a way of changing momentum in a game, and it seems Maple Grove’s Strom may have done that as the Crimson came out in the third period a different team. After seeing just two shots in the second period, Spartans netminder Anderson was peppered in the third frame, as she saw seven quick shots in the first couple minutes. The period evened out, with both teams having good offensive zone pressure and exchanging scoring chances but the only team to find the back of the net was Maple Grove. The Crimson were finally able to sneak the puck past Anderson as Maple Grove’s leading scorer Bella Shipley got in on the action, scoring her team-leading 10th goal tying the game at one apiece.
After 12 shots from the home team Orono, and 10 from Maple Grove in the third period, both goalies stood tall forcing a 1-1 tie after three periods and forcing overtime. It took just 34 seconds into the overtime period for the Spartans to get a great scoring chance as it looked looking like the Spartans had won the game after a shot rattled off the post but the officials waved it off saying it stayed out of the net.
Instead, it was Maple Grove who carried the puck deep into Spartan territory pinning it in Orono’s zone. The extended zone time eventually ended in a Kelsey Olson game-winning goal. At the 5:34 second mark of the extra period, Shipley found an open Olson in the slot with Orono’s Anderson being screened by two of her defenders, and Olson didn’t miss the open left side of the net. That goal was Olson’s fourth on the year, and it was Shipley’s 10th assist and 21st point.
Strom was the star of the night, stopping 30 of 31 shots for Maple Grove as they got back into the win column. Shipley and Olson each had a goal and assist, while Grace Erickson had an assist on Shipley’s third-period goal.
The Crimson improve to 8-2-1 on the season and will have a matchup against Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper on Wednesday. Orono Falls to 9-3-0 on the season and faces another top 20 ranked Class AA team in No. 13AA Holy Family on Thursday.
No. 2A Holy Angels (9-1-1) vs No.5AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s (7-2-0)
Benilde-St. Margaret forward Talla Hansen scored her ninth goal of the year and that was all the Red Knights needed as they held off No. 2A Academy of Holy Angels 1-0. Hansen’s goal came midway through the second period and Elie Hancock did the rest by stopping all 20 shots she faced. Benilde outshot the Stars 37-20. Stars goalie Zoe Rimstad kept them in the game til the end with 36 saves. Kate Zakrajscheck assisted on Hansen’s goal.
No. 8AA Centennial/Spring Lake Park (7-1-2) vs No. 18AA Apple Valley (8-3-1)
Coming off a big win over Maple Grove, Centennial/Spring Lake Park carried their momentum into his week with a 6-2 win over Apple Valley. Alexis Larsen had a goal and three assists, and Mia Sutch scored twice to lead the Cougars who also got goals from Katie Ball, Noelle Hemr and Sophie Shimabukuro. Makayla Moran and Makayla Gore each had two assists to lead Apple Valley on goals by Olivia Priester and Avery Ryan.
No. 15AA Farmington (8-1-0) vs No. 2AA Minnetonka (9-1-0)
The second-ranked Skippers took it to No. 15AA Farmington early with five goals in the first period on their way to a 9-0 victory. Lindzi Avar scored a hat trick and added an assist, Kendra Distad had a goal and three assists and Lauren Mack and Ellie Zakrajsheck each added two assists for the Skippers. Molly Ryan also scored a pair of goals as they won their 10th game of the season, outshooting Farmington 53-9.
Visitation (0-13-0) vs No. 5A Dodge County (9-1-0)
Zoe Heimer had two goals and two assists and Nora Carstensen two goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats to their 10th victory. Maysie Koch also added a goal and two assists.
Mankato West (5-5-0) vs Mankato East (7-3-1)
Grace Campbell had a hat trick and two assists and Jessica Eykyn had two goals and three assists to lead Mankato East to a 9-0 routing of Mankato West. Ava Tibodeau added a gaol and assist.
Detroit Lakes (4-6-0) vs Morris/Benson Area (4-6-0)
Haley Stattelman had two goals and an assist, Kaydence Thorteinson added a gaol and assist and Hadley Songstad two assists in Detroit Lakes 6-1 win over Morris/Benson Area. Elizabeth Day scored the lone goal for the Storm.
Alexandria (7-3-0) vs Wayzata (2-7-0)
Wayzata’s Jenna Britz scored two goals late in the third period to lead the Trojans to a 3-2 comeback win over Alexandria. Shyla Sanders got the scoring going for Wayzata in the first, but the Cardinals scored twice int her second period on goals by Jersey Severson and Lauren Hornstein. Kennedy Ellingson assisted on both goals. But Britz scored at the 11:27 mark to tie it and then with 22 seconds left to win it. Britz’s goals were assisted by Davy Mokelke and Nicole Britz. Wayzata’s Ella Podiak had 24 saves while Alexandria’s Rachel Mohr had 20.
No. 9A Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian (7-4-1) vs Waconia (6-6-0)
Gisella Harder and Greer Hardacre both scored twice in the first period as Mound Westonka/SWC throttled Waconia 8-1. Harder also had two assists and Marion Omann added two goals and an assist.
St. Paul/Two Rivers (5-3-1) vs No. 11A South St. Paul (6-5-0)
SSP’s Lily Pachl continued her torrid scoring with a hat trick as South St. Paul defeated Two Rivers 4-1. Pachl now has 15 goals on the season and 28 points. She also assisted on Bailey Vesper’s goal along with Eva Beck. Lilly Leitner had the lone goal for Two Rivers.
Prior Lake (6-5-0) vs Shakopee (1-10-0)
Jonni Anderson had two goals and an assist to lead Prior Lake to a 4-1 win over Shakopee. Abby Anthony and Kalli Disrud also scored. Paige Hillman scored for Shakopee assisted by Callie Peterson. Olivia Hansen stopped 28 shots for the Lakers.
Rochester Mayo (4-4-1) vs Red Wing (2-9-0)
Red Wing scored three goals in the third period to skate to a 4-4 tie with Mayo who built a 3-1 lead on goals by Madelyn Desjardins, Elle Roth and Natalie Campbell. Allison Kruger, Taya Cordes and Cheyenne Tyler scored for Red Wing and Tatum Zylka added a late goal to tie it. Both teams were scorers in overtime. Rochester Mayo outshot Red Wing 42-37 as both goalies played well with Mayo’s Grace Kober stopping 33 shots and Red Wing’s Allie Meyers stopping 38.
No. 12A Willmar (7-3-0) vs Princeton/Big Lake/Becker (2-9-0)
Avery Olson scored twice and Lauren Eilers had a goal and two assists to lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 win. Erin Eilers had 13 saves to earn the shut out. Alayna Boe had 43 saves for Princeton/Big Lake/Becker.
White Bear Lake (7-3-1) vs Park of Cottage Grove (5-5-0)
Gabriella Casa De Calvo stopped all 24 shots she faced and Gabby Hofeld scored twice to lead the Bears to a 4-0 win over Park of Cottage Grove. Hailey Dawe added a pair of assists. Lily Howard and Lyla Beck also scored for the Bears. Aubree Laska had 29 saves for the Wolfpack.
No. 16A Simley (3-4-1) vs Moose Lake Area (5-6-0)
Moose Lake knocked off No. 16A Simley 3-1. After a scoreless first period Gracie Hartl got the Rebels on board. It took until the 11-minute mark of the third for Katie Metzer to make it 2-0 and Hallie Klavu added an empty netter for a 3-0 win. Simley added a late goal by Ella Sanders.
No. 16AA Lakeville South (7-1-3) vs Blaine (5-4-1)
Claire Bronson stopped all 21 shots she faced and Lakeville South got goals from Ella Fowler, Senna Hoffmann and Josie Grossman to beat Blaine 3-0.
New Prague vs Bloomington Jefferson (3-7-0)
Jana Lesch’s goal in the second period proved to be the game winner as Jefferson goaltender Chloe Golden stopped 16 shots in the Jaguars 2-1 win. Ellie Schmidt made 34 saves for New Prague.
Rogers (3-7-0) vs Owatonna (4-6-0)
Lauren Barnacle had a hat trick to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win over Owatonna. Alexa Sherf and Kamryn Messer each added a goal and an assist and Avery Achterkirch had two helpers. Kaylee Butler scored the game’s first goal for Owatonna and it was her first varsity goal.
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Sartell/Sauk Rapids (1-10-1) vs Buffalo (2-8-2)
Brayley VanDenBerg had two goals and an assist to lead the Storm’n Sabres to a 3-1 win over Buffalo. Buffalo’s Avery Corbin scored their lone tally.
East Ridge (2-10-0) vs Forest Lake (4-6-0)
Forest Lake sophomore netminder Taylor Thompson stopped 26 shots to help the Rangers defeat East Ridge 3-1. Sami Poole had a goal and an assist and Abby Sklavenitis and Julia Williams also scored to lead Forest Lake. Sadie Roth had the lone goal for East Ridge.
No. 15A Fergus Falls (5-4-1) vs St. Cloud (3-7-0)
Hannah Johnson scored with a minute left in regulation to tie it and then scored two and a half minutes into overtime to win it as Fergus Falls outlasted St. Cloud 5-4 in overtime. The team skated to a 2-2 tie at the first buzzer on St. Cloud goals by Kylie Smith and Lauren Juncewski, Fergus answered with goals from Hannah Bye and Vanessa Vaughn.
St. Cloud took a 4-2 lead in the second on another goal by Juncewski and one by Teagan Ruprecht.
But the Otters answered in the third with McKenzie Sjolie making it a 4-3 game at the 11:16 mark and then Johnson scoring to tie it. The Otters won the shot battle 39-38 with Ana Jyrkas making 34 saves for Fergus and Abby Stevens making 34 for St. Cloud. Maggie O’Hara finished with two assists for St. Cloud. Maggie Greenagel had three assists for Fergus Falls.
Gentry Academy (2-7-0) vs No. 14AA Woodbury (8-1-0)
Woodbury improved to 9-1 with a 6-0 win over defending champion Gentry Academy. Laini Gnetz scored twice and added an assist and Hailey Graunke had a goal and two assists. Paige Fasching added a goal and assist in the win.
No. 8A Crookston (8-3-1) vs East Grand Forks (6-4-1)
Britlyn Rasmussen made 48 saves for East Grand Forks, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-0 loss to the No. 8 Pirates. Crookston scored twice 40 seconds apart int he first period on goals by Morgan Nelson and Addison Fee. Emma LaPlante scored on a power play in the third for enough cushion to earn the win.
No.14A Albert Lea (9-3-0) vs Rosemount (5-4-2)
Morgan Goskeson scored a short-handed goal in the final minute of regulation to lift No. 14A Albert Lea to a 3-2 win over Rosemount. Its as Gosekeson’s second goal of the game. She also assisted on the Tigers other goal by Haley Austinson. Aubrey Hansen and Annalee Holzer scored for the Irish and Sophie Stramel had a pair of assists.
Brainerd/Little Falls (7-4-0) vs No. 8AA Moorhead (8-1-1)
Moorhead prevailed in this one with a 3-0 win.
No. 11AA Stillwater (7-3-0) vs Cretin-Derham Hall
Josie St. Martin continues to put together a memorable senior season as she had six points in Stillwater’s 8-1 win over Cretin-Derham Hall.
No. 6A Proctor/Hermantown (6-5-1) vs Cloquet/Esko/Carlton (5-6-0)
Hannah Graves and Izy Fairchild each scored twice to lead Proctor/Hermantown to a 4-0 win over Cloquet/Esko/Carlton. Neelah McLeod had 14 saves for the shutout win.
Anoka (3-5-2) vs Hopkins/St. Louis Park (4-9-0)
Leah Amsler scored in overtime to lift Anoka over Hopkins/St. Louis Park 2-1. Lucy Mitshulis also scored and Kendall Rykelli had a pair of assists. Hazel Schenkelberg scored for Hopkins/SLP.
Minnesota River (7-6-0) vs Hutchinson (7-5-1)
Goals by Brooke Hagan, Elle Schweim and Addison Longie were enough for Hutchinson to defeat Minnesota River 3-2. Minnesota River got goals from Cristina Cruz and Macy Portner. McKenna Andresen had two assists and Annika Magelee recorded 25 saves.
North Wright County (4-7-0) vs No. 12AA Champlin Park/Coon Rapids (9-2-0)
Katie Lemke had 36 saves as North Wright County upset No. 12AA Champlin Park/Coon Rapids 4-2. Lelia Dalum and Lexie Schumm each had a gaol and an assist for NWC who also got goals from Roz Landkammer and Belle Leland. Sydney Burnevik led Champlin Park/CR with a goal and assist. Tessa Boden also scored, but it was Lemke who was the star of the night for NWC with her 36 saves.
No. 11A Breck (7-2-0) vs 18A Chisago Lakes (4-4-0)
McKenna Schleimen had a goal and two assists, Stella Strothman scored twice and Taylor Hall had two assists to lead Breck past Chisago Lakes 5-0. Mackenzie Abbott recorded 24 saves to earn the shutout.
Marshall (6-6-1) vs No. 19AA Eden Prairie (6-5-1)
Kate Petrie scored twice and Lauren Pottinger had a goal and assist to lead the Eagles to a 7-0 win over Marshall. Sara David, Addy Mitchell, Ella Pinnow and Gianna Kowalkoski also scored and Rylee Lorton had 13 saves to earn the shutout.
No. 17AA Grand Rapids/Greenway (8-3-0) vs Duluth (5-6-0)
Kylie DeBay had two goals, and Allie LeClaire and Mercury Bischoff each had a goal and two assists to lead the Lightning to a 6-2 win over Duluth. Kacie Romano and Adell Wormuth scored for Duluth and Duluth’s Ella Brisbois had 33 saves.
Chaska/Chanhassen (2-6-3) vs Minneapolis (2-9-0)
Evelyn Lundeen had a goal and an assist to lead Chaska/Chanhassen to a 3-1 win over Minneapolis.
Hibbing/Chisholm (3-8-0) vs Northern Lakes (1-8-0)
Kendall Gustavsson had four goals giving her nine on the season and Panella Rewertz scored twice as Hibbing/Chisholm defeated Northern Lakes 6-2. Karlene Haff and Jenna Stoerzinger each scored for Northern Lakes.
Hastings (4-6-0) vs Rochester Century/JM (4-8-0)
Jade Schauer, Sophie Thorkelson, Addie Seleski and Autumn Burt scored for Hasting in their 4-1 win. Annika Torbenson scored for Rochester.
Windom (3-8-0) vs Austin (1-9-0)
Windom defested Austin 6-1.