St. Cloud at Alexandria
St. Cloud has found a recipe that works for them and has been on a roll winning 4 of their last 5. Last night’s win was not pretty but they found a way to win and that is all that matters. Despite being outshot 26-9 through two periods they held a 3-0 lead. Junior goalie Ashlea Arvidson was outstanding in net making 34 saves on 35 shots.
Alexandria did not start Hailee Bailey in net for the first time this year. My guess is that with Mound Westonka, Fergus Falls, Brainerd, and Edina as their next 4 opponents the coach wanted to get her a little rest.
Final was St. Cloud 3. Alexandria 1.
Thief River Falls at East Grand Forks
This was an even game all around. TRF likes to shoot the puck but EGF was able to hold them to 23 shots total and only 11 over the final two periods. TRF took a 1-0 into the final period on a late second period goal by Kia McGlynn. They held that one goal lead for most of the third but EGF’s Aleah Hanhsleben was able to score the tying goal with just 2:35 remaining and Kara Ellis got the game winner :59 later to give EGF the dramatic upset win.
Final was EGF 2. TRF 1.
Cambridge/Isanti at Eden Prairie
Well. I thought this one would be a game. Not so much. EP’s Langseth had assists on 3 of the 5 goals. Grace Kuipers had 2 goals. Christina Spanier had 1 and 1. And Nora Wagner had 2 assists for the Eagles.
C/I couldn’t get much offense going as they only could muster 12 shots on net. EP was able to keep Skelton & Co. in check the whole night.
Final. EP 5. C/I 1.
Andover at Forest Lake
This one was as good as expected! Andover had a hard time getting the puck to the net through the first two periods as they only had 13 shots total through the first two frames. They didn’t help their cause by taking 5 penalties in the first 24 minutes of play. Forest Lake capitalized on the 5th penalty on a goal by Breija Parent and that is all it took. Andover turned up the heat in the third by getting 17 shots on net but Ranger goalie Ally Goehner stood her ground and got the shutout.
Final. Forest Lake 1. Andover 0.
Hutchinson at Mound Westonka
This was a goalie dual! 66 total shots. 62 total saves. A combined .940 SV%. Hutch sophomore goalie Hannah Ladwig did her best Taylor Smith impression and saved 33 of 35.
Hutch scored first on a first period goal by Britta Johnson. Hutch added to the lead 7:00 into the third on a goal by Alex Hantje. The Whitehawks were in an unfamiliar position being down 2 late in the game. Mound’s Sydney Hules came up huge with a shorty at 13:34 of the third to give the Whitehawks a spark. Brooke Pioske scored the game tying goal with just :48 left in regulation to force the OT session.
Hutch goes to 5-2-2 on the year and thanks to the late period heroics of Hules and B. Pioske Mound Westonka remains unbeaten at 11-0-1
Final was 2-2.