Wayzata sophomore Vaughan Ahrens made 37 saves in Team Northwest's 3-0 victory over Team Northeast. Photo by Katherine Matthews
Vaughan Ahrens played for the Wayzata Bantams last season, when they finished third at the state tournament. Photo by Katherine Matthews
Vaughan Ahrens, a sophomore from Wayzata, stopped all 37 shots he faced and Minnetonka junior Jack Ramsey scored twice as Team Northwest continued its unbeaten start to the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League season with a 3-0 triumph over Team Northeast on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at New Hope Ice Arena in New Hope.
Ahrens, filling in for injured Aaron Dingman, a Wayzata senior, needed to make a series of stops in the closing minutes as Team Northwest killed off a 5-on-3 Team Northeast advantage that lasted more than a minute.
Travis Brown, a junior defenseman from Rogers, scored the lone goal of the third period.
Ramsey scored his goals in the second and third periods, with the final goal coming off a nifty deflection of a hard pass from Blaine’s Jesse Norling.
Team Northwest improved to 8-0-2 with the victory and leads the league with 18 points, three more than Team Southwest (7-0-1).
Team Northeast dropped to 2-7-1.
1. Jens Vaughan Ahrens, Team Northwest
Thirty seven shots, 37 saves. Not bad for a kid who was playing for Wayzata’s Bantams last season. Ahrens, however, hardly resembles a youngster. He stands 6-foot-2 and handles himself with the sort of composure you might expect from a battle-hardened senior.