Thursday, January 3rd Game Recap

So I bet a mythical $800. And I did not fare well. I ended up losing a mythical $326. I am not sure if I need to work on my handicapping skills or my prognosticating skills. Probably both…

Fergus Falls at Willmar

I bet the favorite here in Fergus Falls. My $100 bet won me $45 as Fergus Falls rolled in their victory over Willmar. As of right now the box score is not updated with names of goal scorers or assist makers in the Scoring Summary so I can’t give any summary as of this writing unfortunately. Fergus Falls had 8 goals so one can assume Sophie Rausch had at least 3.

Fergus Falls 8. Willmar 1.

Rochester Century vs. Rochester Mayo

I bet the underdog here in Mayo based on their starting goalie Makayla Pahl. But Makayla did not play for some reason so Century rolled scoring 9 goals on 25 shots. Century’s Victoria Johnson had 2 and 5 and Kylie Lund had a hat trick.

Century 9. Mayo 2.

Prior Lake at Burnsville

I bet Burnsville as the favorite in this one and they did not disappoint. The Blaze jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. They added one more in the second and two more in the third on their way to the victory. Allison Urlaub led the way with 1 and 2. Aubrey Nelvin and Kendra Distad each had 1 and 1. Kendra’s goal was the first of her varsity career. Congrats Kendra! Goalie Riley Pester pitched her 7th shutout of the season.

Forest Lake at Elk River/Zimmerman

I bet Forest Lake as the favorite in this one but for most of the game it looked like Elk River might pull off the upset. Or more specifically Kelsey King might pull off the upset. Kelsey King had the hat trick for the Elks and they took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. Forest Lake’s Breija Parent tied that game at 3s at 5:45 of the third before adding the game winner with just 1:00 left in regulation.

Forest Lake 4. Elk River 3.

Lakeville North at Farmington

This was a game between a team that has been overachieving this year in Lakeville North against a team that has been underachieving this year in Farmington. I bet on the overachiever but Farmington lived up to its potential in this one. The Tigers scored 2 in the first and put it on cruise control the rest of the way. They added a goal late in the third to seal the victory.

Farmington 3. Lakeville North 0.

Eden Prairie at Wayzata

The game plan for each team against EP should be to contain Sydney Langseth. Obviously that is a lot easier said than done. But Wayzata executed it perfectly. Coach Scott recognized that if they could focus on shutting down Langseth and keep it low scoring it would increase their already favorable odds of winning. This is contrary to Wayzata’s modus operandi as they average 5.29 GPG. But good coaches make adjustments when necessary. Everything offensively for EP runs through Langseth and if you shut her down you effectively shut the rest of the team down. If this game had turned into a track meet it would’ve given Eden Prairie a greater chance of winning.

Wayzata goalie Stephanie Garvis with the 22 save shutout. Addy Hackley with the game winner and Kaci Johnson with the insurance goal.

Wayzata 2. Eden Prairie 0.

Eastview at Shakopee

The Sabers gave me some heartburn in this one. I had them as the favorite in this one and bet on them as such. Eastview held a 2-1 lead after two thanks to goals from Brynn Swenson and Avery Chesek and great goalie play from Amelia Julian. In fact, they held that 2-1 lead all the way until the 15:23 mark of the third period when Shakopee’s Emily Roder tied it up. To add insult to injury Shakopee scored AGAIN in regulation with just 0:13 left in the game to win it. That is a tough way to lose. 2 goals in the final 1:30 of the game. Ugh. Shakopee’s Olivia Grabianowski with the dramatic game winner.

Shakopee 3. Eastview 2.

Minneapolis at Chisago Lakes

I had Minneapolis favored in this one based on their record of 11-5-1 going into this game and their nice showing at the Schwan’s Cup. But they were dominated by Chisago Lakes in this one. Chisago outshot Minneapolis 40-22. Chisago scored first and the two teams just kept trading goals. Chisago. Minneapolis. Chisago. Minneapolis. Chisago. And then the clock ran out. Chisago’s Claire Devries with the game winner.

Chisago 3. Minneapolis 2.

Notable Performances

Apple Valley defenseman Sydney Johnson had 1 and 2 in their 5-2 win over Rosemount.

Champlin Park/Coon Rapids goalie Baleigh Shuck had a 25 save shutout in their 2-0 win over Rogers.

Mankato East’s McKenzie Keller scored the game winner in their 3-2 win over their rival Mankato West.

Prairie Center’s Kylie Hopp had 5 and 2 in their 10-0 over Morris/Benson. That is Kylie’s second 5 goal game in her last 4 games.

Eagan’s Jenna Ruiz scored the OT game winner vs. Lakeville South.

Molly Illetschko had the hat trick in Simley’s 6-0 win over Woodbury.

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