by Jason Olson
Anoka 1, Andover 0
Tornadoes junior Katie Johnson scored her 13th goal of the season, 37 seconds into the second period for the game-winner while teammate and goalie Samantha Ubl posted 17 saves for the shutout win in the District 11 rivalry game played Thursday night at the Anoka Ice Arena.
The win helps Anoka (5-0-0, 7-1-2) keep pace in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings with leader Coon Rapids (5-0-0, 7-0-0).
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 7, St. Francis/North Branch 0
After posting back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Saints returned to Earth, losing to Benilde-St. Margaret’s in a North Suburban Conference contest 7-0 at East Bethel. It was only the second time the Saints were shutout all season.
Blaine 4, Osseo 0
Two goals from Dylan Lambert keyed the Bengals (3-0-1) to Thursday’s Northwest Suburban Conference win against Osseo.
Blaine sophomore defenseman Michael Brodzinski’s powerplay goal 2:19 into the final period was set up by his brother Jonny Brodzinski for one of his two assists, to extend his team-leading scoring to 10 points.
Blaine goalie Nick Malvin posted his first shutout, turning away 27 shots.
Andover 5, Armstrong 0
Despite being outshot 34-31, Andover defended its home ice against Northwest Suburban Conference foe, Robbinsdale Armstrong, by shutting them out, due in part to converting 2-of-6 power play chances.
Andover junior Kyle Gausman busted out with his first points of the season, scoring twice on the power play and added another assist.
Huskies Davis Tollette assisted on three goals and Tyler Jokinen added two more assists as Chase Perry stayed busy in goal for the Huskies making 34 saves to post the shutout.
Andover took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after Calvin Rak scored first at the 7:52 mark before Gausman converted a power play goal for his first point of the season 11:49 into the game.
Chisago Lakes 4, Coon Rapids 2
The Cardinals struggled to contain the Tigers offense in a North Suburban versus Northwest Suburban Conference contest Thursday night at Cook Arena in Coon Rapids.
Coon Rapids fell to 0-4, despite outshooting Chisago Lakes 29-26.
Cardinals captain Sam Smith scored on the power play 4:49 into the game to take the early 1-0 lead. Brady Driste and Adam Stuhr set up the goal as the lead was short-lived. Chisago Lakes (4-1-0) converted its first power play chance, less than three minutes later and made it 2-1 two minutes later.
The Tigers pulled ahead 3-1 at the 5:54 mark of the second period before Driste pulled the home side within one goal one minute later.
Chisago Lakes made it 4-2 three minutes later, scoring its second power play goal of the game.
Coon Rapids junior goalie Patrick Drazkowski made 22 saves to fall to 0-4-0, lowering his saves percentage to .849 and a 4.79 goals against average.
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