Weekend Recap

Blake at Hill Murray

Only 4 combined goals?! Never in a million years would I have guessed that. Good goalie play on both sides of the ice. Blake’s Molly Haag saved 29 of 31. The Bears need more of that from her. And the Pioneers’ Rachel Kennedy saved 25 of 27. She was a perfect 8 for 8 in the OT session.

Blake got off to a uncharacteristically slow start having only 11 shots on net over the first two periods and even with that being the case the Bears held a 1-0 lead going into the second intermission on a Grace Johnson goal. Hill Murray scored two early period goals in the third and they were :55 away from the victory when Blake’s Lily Delianides tied it up to force OT. The extra session was all Blake with shots at 8-0 in their favor.

Blake 2. Hill 2.

Blake at Eden Prairie

After scoring 16 goals in their first two games this year and averaging 5.44 GPG last season Blake’s offense has gone a little cold. They are averaging only 2.25 GPG over their last 4 games. Over this recent 4 game stretch they have a 2.75 GAA yet they are 2-1-1. That is not sustainable so they are going to need to figure out how to put the biscuit in the basket. When you have Lily Delianides it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.

The Bears’ Molly Haag showed up to play for the second day in a row saving 27 of 29. She will need to continue to play great until the girls in front of her get back to scoring at a better pace.

Sydney Langseth and Grace Kuipers have combined for 31 of EPs 53 points YTD. That is 58.5% of the total production. For EP to have any sustained success the others are going to have to chip in. If not the game plan vs. EP is pretty simple.

Blake 3. EP 2.

Andover at Minnetonka

In typical fashion Andover got pucks to the net. In atypical fashion Minnetonka did not. This resulted in a shot differential of +30 that favored the Huskies yet they needed a Peyton Hemp ENG to seal the victory. The freight train that was the Skippers’ offense game to a grinding halt. Minnetonka goalie Brynn Dulac saved 39 of 41 and kept her team in the game until the final buzzer.

So much for a track meet…

Andover 3. Minnetonka 1.

Lourdes at Breck

In looking at the shots you would think that Breck dominated Lourdes in this game. But if you look closer you will see that Breck had 7 PP opportunities and converted on 3 of them. In fact Ava Lindsay’s third goal of the game and the game winner came on a PP with just :46 left in the third period.

Breck 6. Lourdes 5.

Brainerd at Forest Lake

21 penalties between the two teams! Good gawd. Does this bad blood go all the way back to 2015?! This game looked pretty evenly matched in the boxscore with the exception of the final score. Shots were 21-19 in favor of Brainerd but the Rangers’ Ally Goehner stopped all 21 for the shutout.

Forest Lake 3. Brainerd 0.

Notable Performances

Edina outshot Duluth 57-1.

Grand Rapids/Greeway’s Claire Vekich had a hand in all 5 of their goals in their 5-1 win over Cambridge-Isanti.

Proctor/Hermantown is 2-6. Is it time to hit the panic button?!

Orono is already at 4 wins. They had 5 all last season.

BSM outshot Buffalo 47-13 yet only won 2-1. Buffalo’s Isabel Varner saved 45 of 47 and then gave all the credit to her D.

CC and Roseau tied 6-6 on Friday. Lauren Spear had 4 points for the Hawks. Then the Hawks turn around and tie Warroad 3-3 on Saturday despite being outshot 49-15. Olivia Rinzel made 46 stops for CC.

Farmington is 0-3. Where’s that panic button?!

Rosemount beat Eagan 6-5 in OT. The Irish started the third period down 4 goals. Whitney Tuttle scored three straight to start the third then Ava Nygaard tied it up with :42 to play then buried the OT game winner just over a minute in to the extra frame.

Tied at 0s after three SSP’s Brynn Sexauer scored the game winner in OT to topple the Hilltoppers of Marshall.

Owatonna is good. I didn’t know that. They are 4-0 after blanking Mankato East.

Mounds View and Roseville skated 3 periods and an OT session without scoring a goal.

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