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Class 2A titans clash as Andover slips past Hill-Murray

By Drew Herron, SportsEngine, 12/29/21, 6:30PM CST


The Huskies won in overtime thanks to an acrobatic goal from Cayden Casey.

Andover's Cayden Casey scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Hill-Murray Wednesday night. Casey also added an assist in the Huskies’ 2-1 victory over the Pioneers in Bloomington. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Kyle Law (15) sets up a screen in front of the Hill-Murray net during an Andover power power play Wednesday night. Law had a goal and an assist in the Huskies’ 2-1 overtime victory against the Pioneers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Andover junior forward Cayden Casey delivered a toe-drag back hand highlight reel goal in overtime to lift the Huskies to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Hill-Murray Wednesday night.

A tight and physical game went the distance and beyond before the decisive score that capped off a rare two-on-one in a game where time and space were at a premium. Andover (9-1-1), ranked No. 3-2A by the Let’s Play Hockey coaches’ poll, continues its roll through December with the hard-fought win over No. 5-2A Hill-Murray (7-3-0).

Hill-Murray struck 2:06 into game when Nate Hardy scored from mid-left circle to push the Pioneers out front early with a single assist to senior defenseman Leo Gruba.

Later in the period, Andover's Kyle Law netted the equalizer after burying a pass on a triangle tic-tac-toe, with assists from Gavyn Thoreson and Casey with 2:37 left in the period. 

Goaltending was stout at both ends, with Austin Brauns stopping 21 shots for Andover while his counterpart Nick Erickson stopped 17 of 19 for Hill-Murray.

Nate Hardy (10) scored the only goal for Hill-Murray in the Pioneers’ 2-1 overtime loss to Andover Wednesday night in Bloomington. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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