The Coon Rapids Cardinals faced off with the Maple Grove Crimson Thursday night at Cook Arena in Coon Rapids as the feature game on MyFoxHockey.com. Maple Grove’s big three, Josh Gross, Matt Dee and Tom Malone scored half of their team’s goals lifting them to a 10-0 victory in Northwest Suburban Conference play.
Dan Carlson opened the scoring with a deflection off an Alex Veldhuis shot that beat Maple Grove goalie Robbie Reski to the glove hand side. The Maple Grove net-minder was forced to deal with a steady stream of Crimson forwards that screened him and buried rebounds for the better part of 2 periods. Carlson’s goal came at 1:34 of the first period.
Gross scored two goals and Isaac Sinz added another for the 4-0 lead after the first period. They also fired an astounding 31 shots at Reski who was impressive in his positioning and athletic ability.
The Crimson were effective off the rush and when in an odd man situation converted to perfection. Consider they had a number of goals going to the net and off a rebound. The Crimson scored three more times in the second and third period to hammer home the victory.
Maple Grove goalie Sean Elmer was perfect on the 12 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season. The Crimson closed out the game with 64 shots on goal. Goalie Nick Terch closed out the third period for the Cardinals.
Gross finished with a hat trick and added two assists. His line-mate Matt Dee had a goal and two assists and Malone was good for a goal late in the third period. Veldhuis had his most productive game of his career in notching 3 assists. The win improved the Crimson record to 12-2-2 overall and 7-2-0 in the conference. They continue conference play this Saturday with the Anoka Tornadoes.
Coon Rapids record fell to 2-13-0 over all and 1-9-0 in the conference. Things will be a major challenge on Saturday as they face off with the Blaine Bengals.
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