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Girls hockey: Achiever Academy downs Polars
Tartan drops season opener to Raptors
Achiever Academy 2 - North 0
Achiever Academy, a small school in Vadnais Heights devoted to hockey, made a trip to Polar Arena Nov. 14, and the Aces gave a skating lesson to the North High Polars.
Except for North goalie Marit Larson, who was just short of perfect, in goal, the Polars found getting into the Aces’ zone a difficult chore.
Larson turned aside 42 of the 44 missiles ticketed for the 24 square feet behind her. She held the opposition scoreless until the third period. Through the first 34 minutes of action, Larson had stopped 27 shots on goal.
Total shots on goal were a lopsided 44-10 in favor of the visitors.
Aces coach Chris Peterson said of his team’s effort, “We were able to dominate for much of the game. We work hard and try to have a balanced approach to our efforts.
“But give them (the Polars) credit. They never gave up. Though we owned a shots-on-goal advantage, of the shots they took, many of them were quality shots.”
The Aces, with their 2-0 win over North, improved their season record to 3-1.
The game-winning tally came at 1:13 of the third period.
A feed from the right of the North goal came from Katie Lynch. It slid into the slot where a charging Emily Antony put her stick on the puck to steer it into the back of the net.
Three and a half minutes later the Aces put the final touch on the game when Lizi Norton sent a feed through the crease to linemate Aly Tremblay. The junior winger scored at 4:37.
North will meet Cretin-Derham Hall Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. at Polar Arena and then travel to the Bloomington Ice Garden for a 3 p.m. game Nov. 30 against Bloomington Jefferson. North returns home to Polar Arena for an 8 p.m. contest Dec. 5 against Maple Grove.
East Ridge 6 - Tartan 1
The Tartan Titans, under the direction of new girls hockey coach Nick Fuerst, traveled to Bielenberg Arena Nov. 4 to do battle with the East Ridge Raptors of Woodbury.
When they Titans boarded the bus to return home, they were 0-1 on the season, as a result of a 6-1 loss.
East Ridge scored the first goal of the game at 4:20 of the first period.
Just over 1-1/2 minutes later, Taylor Bowlin dented the back mesh to knot the score at 1-1, 5:27 into the first 17 minutes of play.
Still in the opening period, the Raptors retaliated with what turned out to be the game-winner.
Brooklyn Pierre feathered a feed to the stick Katherine Scheibner who one-timed a blast into the Tartan goal. Scheibner’s tally came at 11:18 into the first period.
The dominance of East Ridge—the Raptors out-shot the Titans by 45-12—didn’t produce any second period goals.
The third period was a different story. Penalties plagued the Titans, and the Raptors made the most of their scoring opportunities. They had four goals in the period for the final, 6-1 score.
Tartan will next play three consecutive, non-conference home games at Tartan Arena. The first one will be on Nov. 21 at St. Louis Park.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at email@example.com.