I know, I know. I still have recaps from LAST WEEK to do. But let’s get a preview done. Here we go…
Delano/Rockford at Holy Family
After losing two in a row to end 2018 Delano tied undefeated Mound Westonka in their first game of 2019 and have continued that momentum in two nice wins over Hutch and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato outscoring those two opponents 9-2. Delano has two big guns in Anna Keranen and Emily Olson. Each of them with 34 points on the year.
Holy Family is off to a great start at 12-3-2. They are led by 8th grader Taylor Koeppl and sophomore Sadie Long. And they have added some additional upperclassman leadership in Minnetonka junior transfer Cecily Cronin. Harvard commit Alex Pellicci will get the start in net I’m sure as she has seen the better competition this year and has a 8-3-1 record with a .943 SV% and 1.70 GAA. Pretty darn good.
Holy Family 4. Delano 3.
Andover at Anoka
Andover smoked Elk River last game. They held Kelsey King and the rest of the Elks to zero anything. I’m not sure anyone has held Kelsey King to zero points in a game this year. I could go look but I am being a little lazy! Okay. I looked. It was like two extra clicks of the mouse Nope. No one. She had points in every game prior to Andover.
Anoka’s Maddie Mashuga is really good. She will play at Mankato with Kelsey King. If Andover can shut down Kelsey King they can shut down just about anyone including Maddie. If I were the Anoka coach, knowing Andover is going to key on Mashuga, I would tell Giddings to park it on the weak side dot in the offensive zone like Ovi and tell everyone to try to get her the puck, get the goalie moving across the crease, and let Giddings unload one timer after one timer.
Andover 5. Anoka 1.
Farmington at Blake
After losing three in a row Farmington has won 6 of their last 7 with the loss being a one goal game vs. Maple Grove. After a slow start, the Tigers are getting it put together. Freshman forwards Claire Enright and Samantha Moehle have carried the offensive load with 36 and 26 points respectively. Sophomore forward Carly Lancaster has 18 points. And sophomore defense Brenna Fuhrman and Jayden Seifert have 16 and 10. Their starting goalie, Ryleigh Furlong, is a sophomore. Yeah, that’s right. Their starting 6 have two more years together after this one.
Blake is Blake. But….they lost to Blake East last game…I mean Hill Murray. So could they lose to Farmington? Sure. But they won’t.
Blake 5. Farmington 2.
Edina at Wayzata
Edina had a heckuva contest vs. EP last game. Edina had to score the last two goals of the game to win by one.
Wayzata beat Minnetonka 4-1 in their last game. They scored 3 goals on their first 6 shots and scored an empty netter. Tonka outshot them 29-24.
What I am saying is that neither team played their best hockey last game.
Heads for Edina. Tails for Wayzata. Best two out of three. Flipping….tails. Flipping….heads. Flipping….heads. Edina it is.
Edina 4. Wayzata 2.