Here is a look at some key games in high school hockey Thursday night.
Marshall Everson scored 4 goals to lead the Hornets to a 5-0 win over Wayzata in Classic Lake Conference play. The power-play was deadly for the Hornets as they were 4-6 with the man advantage. Anders Lee had 4 assists and Connor Gaarder notched a goal and an assist of his own. Hornet goalie John Ankeny made his return to the lineup and made 28 saves in recording the shutout after taking to ill last week. Edina will travel to Hopkins Saturday while the Trojans will look to snap a two game skid next Thursday with Minnetonka.
Jordan Lovick had a goal and three assists in leading the Centennial Cougars over the Osseo Orioles. The Cougars notched 4 first period and 4 second period goals to seize control of the game. David Schreiner and Tyler Pitlick each scored two goals and Brett Larsen turned aside 21 shots for the victory in goal. Tom Windle scored his 9th of the season for the Orioles early in the second period to draw Osseo to 4-1, yet it was the Cougars who pulled away later in the second period. Centennial travels to Braemar Arena for an entertaining game with the Hornets next Tuesday while the Orioles have a road game with Andover on Saturday.
#3 Blaine 5 Andover 2
The Blaine Bengals defeated the Andover Huskies by a score of 5-2 to keep pace in the Northwest Suburban Conference. The top three teams in the conference won Thursday night as Centennial and Maple Grove each won. The victory improves the Bengals record to 8-0-1 in the conference and 14-1-1 overall. The Bengals face off with Coon Rapids on Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, the Woodbury Royals Ben Konrad scored the first goal of the game at 2:23 of the second period. The Eastview Lightning tied it just about 10 minutes later as Corey Hanson tied the game at. Konrad scored what would prove to be the game winner at 15:08. The goals were his 1st and 2nd of the season. Tony Pittman and Tyler Nowicki in the middle of the third period less than one minute apart to separate from the Lightning and pick up the 4-1 win. The Royals outshot the Lightning 40-18 for the game. Woodbury improved to 14-1-2 on the season and face off with Forest Lake on Saturday. The Bolts fell to 9-8-0 overall. Up next for Eastview is a game against another top ten team in the Eden Prairie Eagles. The game had major significance as the game had seeding implications for the Section 3AA.
#9 Minnetonka 7 Hopkins 0
Max Gardiner scored 2 goals and added two assists while Thomas Schutt scored a pair of goals lifting the Minnetonka Skippers to a 7-0 route over the Hopkins Royals. Derek Frawley opened the scoring at 15:22 of the first period and Tommy Lundquist scored :10 seconds later for the 2-0 lead. The Skippers added four second period goals to capture the early first place lead with Edina in the Classic Lake Conference. Both teams are now 1-0 in the early conference race. Minnetonka takes on Armstrong on Saturday and the Royals have the Hornets in at home on Saturday. Fortunately for Hopkins, they have given the Hornets fits at the Hopkins Pavilion in recent seasons.
The Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights defeated the Totino Grace Eagles by a score of 5-0 making the Red Knights the only unbeaten team in the North Suburban Conference. The Red Knights rode the crest of 5 different goal scorers and out-shot the Eagles 50-17 for the game. Goalie Rob Ankeny continued to turn heads as he pitched a 17 save shutout in winning his second start in a row and is now 4-0 on the season with 2 shutouts and a 1.19gaa. The Red Knights (13-3-0, 4-0-0) take on Irondale on Tuesday while the Eagles (10-4-2, 5-1-0) play host to the high scoring St. Francis Fighting Saints on Saturday.
A third period goal at :22 by Wesley Waytashek was all the Little Falls Flyers needed as the topped the Alexandria Cardinals 1-0 in a huge Central Lakes Conference game . Ben Hanowski set up the goal and goalie Michael Sperl made 26 saves for the shutout that was his 5th of the season. Sperl out-dueled Alexandria’s Matt Hemingway for the win. Little Falls improved to a perfect (14-0-0, 8-0-0) while the Cardinals fell to (11-3-0, 8-2-0). The Flyers will play Sartell-St.Stephen on Tuesday and Alexandria will square off with Willmar on Tuesday.
Tyler Larson’s 3rd goal of the season in overtime as the Moorhead Spuds defeated the Brainerd/Pillager/Pierz Warriors 2-1. Both Spuds goals came on the power play as Nate Thompson scored at 1:18 of the first period. Brett Jenkins was set up by Colby Ring to tie the game for the Warriors at 12:28, and ironically it was shorthanded. Goalie Michael Bitzer made 20 saves for the Spuds. Up next for Moorhead is a game with the red hot Warroard Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors are back it Friday with St. Cloud Appollo.
Owatonna 3 Rochester John Marshall 0
Logan Pirkl scored 2 goals to go along with Ben Hanson’s goal at 9:12 of the second period that were enough to defeat the Rochester John Marshall Rockets by a score of 3-0. Owatonna goalie Kory Reuvers turned aside 11 shots for the shutout. Owatonna takes on a solid Albert Lea club on Tuesday and the Rockets will face off with rival Rochester Mayo next Thursday.
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