34 games on the calendar tonight.
BSM at Breck
Breck steamrolled Centennial this past weekend. The Lindsay sisters combined for 9 points in that game. Olivia Mobley and Shae Messner each had a hat trick. Those usual suspects will show up again tonight but I expect BSM to put up more resistance than Centennial.
BSM has some nice pieces. Boston University commit Olivia Haag will be their go-to this season. She is coming off a year in which she 7 and 15 for 22 total points. She could double that production this year. Most of their significant pieces are back- Maya Jones/Union, Sophie Melsness/Merrimack, Anna Podein/Vermont, Abby Hancock/Brown. They have a very strong sophomore class which includes Melsness, Emma Hoen, Mary Zavoral, Emma Peschel, and Lily Mortenson. From that same class they lost McKenzie Rich to Shattuck. I am curious to see who gets the start in net tonight- a healthy Carly Greene or senior Rose Beeman? Rose held a tight grip on the starting spot after Greene went down with an injury and performed incredibly well going 11-3-1 and posting a .934 SV% and 1.63 GAA.
Breck 4. BSM 2.
Fergus Falls at Prairie Center
Fergus Falls is coming off a season in which they won the 1A State Tournament Consolation Championship beating Lourdes 4-2. They lost their leading scorer Sophie Rausch to graduation. She has taken her talents to Hamline. But they return Ellie Anderson who had 51 points in 30 games. The Otters had a tough one to open the season losing to Jefferson 2-3 on their home ice. They outplayed the Jags but gave up 2 third period PP goals which cost them the W.
Prairie Center starts an 8th grader, Kennedy Lemke, in net. She has seen 97 shots over the first two games of the season. I expect she will eat a lot of rubber tonight, too.
Fergus Falls 6. Prairie Center 0.
Minnetonka at Lakeville North
So it turns out that the Antonakis sisters left LVN for Gentry Academy the same day as the Panthers first game of the season. That is a huge loss. LVN traveled to Minnetonka last year and blanked the Skippers 3-0. They will be looking for a similar result tonight. I am not sure they find it.
Minnetonka opened their season this past weekend with a 6-0 victory over Roseville. The Skippers like to shoot the puck. They also like to take penalties apparently. They put 50 shots on net and 10 in the box against the Raiders. Lacey Martin scored 3. Kylie Melz scored 2. Rory Guilday had 3 assists.
Minnetonka 4. LVN 1.
Rosemount at Chisago Lakes
Rosemount has only 1 senior on team. Ashley Tuttle. She’s a good one. They have 13 underclassmen including two 8th graders. Sophomore Whitney Tuttle/Minnesota St. will put on some points. She had 30 of them as a 9th grader. So will junior Ava Nugaard. She had 21 points her sophomore year.
Chisago Lakes has 4 Devries sisters on the team. Senior Claire, junior Grace, freshman Laine, and 7th grader Nora. How cool is that?! I wonder if that has ever happened. They also have USA 18 National Team member sophomore Dani Burgen/Minnesota St. and junior Jenna Lawry/UMD. Jenna and Dani combined for 108 points last year.
Chisago 4. Rosemount 3.
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton at Brainerd/Little Falls
CEC is 1 and 1 on the season. Their W coming against 1A juggernaut Proctor/Hermantown. They won 4-2 with all 4 goals coming in the first period. It wasn’t a fluke either. They outshot the Mirage 29-21.
This is Brainerd/Little Falls’ first game since the double OT thriller vs. Edina in the State Tourney Final last year. Who is going to fill the shoes of departed Olivia King? That’s not a rhetorical question. Brainerd hasn’t posted their roster to Star Tribune’s Hockey Hub yet.
B/LF 3. CEC 1.