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Tartan 2 — Mahtomedi 0
The Titans of Tartan took their girls’ hockey forces to the St. Croix Ice Arena Jan. 16, to play the Mahtomedi Zephyrs in a Classic Suburban Conference matchup.
In a close contest. neither team was able to produce a goal until the third period.
Just 27 seconds into the final session, the Titans’ Hannah Croonquist took a pass from Jordan Jackson and found pay dirt inside the Mahtomedi net.
Later in the final canto, it was Jackson who fed the puck to Ellie Tabaka who slipped the disc between the pipes for the final in the 2-0 Tartan victory.
Hill-Murray 5 — White Bear Lake 4
In a classic boys hockey game between a pair of classy hockey teams, fans at Aldrich Arena on Jan. 16 were treated to yet another thriller between the White Bear Lake Bears and the Hill-Murray Pioneers.
The game took overtime to settle the differences between the two prep hockey powers as the two fought three full periods goal-to-goal to gain an advantage.
In period one Hill-Murray put the first tally on the board when Tyler funk and Mikey Anderson relayed passes to Zach Mills who hit the mark at 4:15.
The Bears clawed back five minutes later when Wyatt Newpower and Hunter Lovdokken combined to feed the biscuit to Jake Wahlin. The junior winger sent a blast to the back of the Hill-Murray goal at 9:20.
In the second period the Pioneers again took a one goal led when Mills teamed with Joey Anderson to put the puck on the blade of Tyler Funk. The veteran forward slipped a shot through just 56 seconds into the period.
Just under three minutes later, the Bears cashed in when Wahlin picked off an errant clearing pass and scored an unassisted tally at 3:20.
The 2-2 level count stood until the third period.
Once more the Pioneers forged a one-goal leeway when Josh French and Dusty Krueger put together passes to Davis Zarembinski, who found the back twines of the White Bear Lake goal at 21 seconds into period three.
Again the Bears came back. On a power play, Jake Dittel and Wahlin sent a feed to the stick of Lovdokken. The senior winger put the 3-3 tying tally into the HIll-Murray back mesh at 5:05.
Then, on another power play, the Bears took their first lead of the game. Tyler Steffen sent to puck to Wahlin, who relayed the disc to Brady Anderson. Anderson made the score at 6:12 for 4-3 Bears margin.
It was Hill-Murray’s turn to take advantage of a power play. Mitch Slattery sent the puck across to Mills who hit French in the deep slot. French fired a laser shot inside the Bears’ pipes for the 4-4 goal at 9:15.
The teams then battled for the next 6:45 minutes. The game went into sudden-death overtime.
It took less than a minute for the Pioneers to bring their partisans to their feet.
Slattery sent a feed to Mills — who picked up his fourth point of the game (1-3) — who feathered a feed to the stick of Joey Anderson. Anderson’s blast sizzled the back mesh for the game-winner at 54 seconds and Hill-Murray had the 5-4 triumph.
Tartan 5 — South St. Paul 1
The Tartan Titans took their boys’ hockey prowess to South St. Paul Jan. 16, for a test against the South St. Paul Packers.
At 12:57 in the first period, Zach Ledman sent the puck across to Brady O’Sullivan, who passed to Rusty Axtman who sent a bullet blast into the Packers’ goal.
Tartan took their one goal leeway into the second stanza. Again it was the trio of Titans who scored, this time with Axtman and O’Sullivan feeding the disc to Ledman, who hit pay dirt at 4:57.
At 8:15 Axtman — on an unassisted effort — gained a goal for the 3-0 Tartan lead at 8:17.
It became 4-0 in favor of the Titans when O’Sullivan and Ledman teamed to feed the disc to Eric Geskermann, who banged a blast inside the pipes at 9:35.
The 5-0 tally came when Brady O’Sullivan sent a feed to Connor O’Sullivan who fed to Axtman who fired inside the pipes at 12:14.
The Packers picked up their only goal in the third period, on a power play, when Billy Marlow put the puck on the stick of Ted Frid who made good on a shot at 6:18 for the final in the 5-1 Tartan win.
In the game Axtman led the Tartan scoring with a 3-goal hat trick. He added an assist for a 4-point game. Picking up three points in the game were Ledman (1-2) and Brady O’Sullivan (0-3).
Hill-Murray 5 — Sibley 0
The Sibley Warriors took their hockey powers to Aldrich Arena Jan. 18, for a CSC contest against the Hill-Murray Pioneers.
Three first-period goals and one each in the second and third stanzas put the Warriors on a long ride back to West St. Paul.
Picking up points in the Hill-Murray whitewash were Mitch Slattery 1-1; Joey Anderson 0-2; Dusty Krueger 1-0; Tyler Funk 1-0; Tom Reilly 1-0; Zach Mills 1-0; Josh French 0-1; and Darby Regan 0-1.
North 7 — South St. Paul 4
In a CSC game at Polar Arena the North Polars prevailed in a wild, end-to-end contest over the Packers.
The Packers put the only first-period tally on the board when Ted Frid off an assist from Cameron Buhl found the back of the North net just 57 seconds into the game.
The second-period scoring belonged to the Polars as they outscored the visitors 4-1.
At 1:10 Jimmy Salava netted a shorthanded effort. At 3:27 Tony Bollman and Jack Murnane relayed feeds to Adam Hildebrandt, who fired a missile to the back reaches. It took 32 seconds for passes from Connor Cambell and Samuel Blees to Luke Kubiatowicz who found pay dirt at 3:59. The Polars took a 4-1 lead at 11:44 when Nathan Rubbelke and Maverick Meister combined to send the puck to Justin Oliver, who didn’t miss.
South St. Paul pushed the count to 4-2 when Billy B. Brandecker and Nick Jeroff pushed the biscuit across to Brenden Shanley. Shanley hit the back of the North goal at 13:14.
In the third canto North’s Oliver twins — Tyler and Justin — teamed up to send the puck over to John Anderson who sent a laser to the far reaches of the South St. Paul goal at 2:04 of the third period.
South St. Paul then mounted a comeback when B. B. Brandecker feed Shanley who’s blast made it between the North pipes at 7:16.
The Packers pulled to within a goal at 4-5 when Frid and Buhl assisted on a goal off the stick of Dan Pietruszewski at 8:37.
North retaliated at 13:11 on a goal by Jack Murnane after a feed from Tony Bollman.
The final in the North 7-4 victory came when Justin Oliver teamed with brother Tyler for an empty net tally that came just nine seconds before the final horn at 16:51.