Titans and Hughes make one-goal stand


Tartan junior center Ben Engwer (26) and sophomore wing CJ Acker (23) take shots on goal in first period action against Henry Sibley. Engwer, 3 goals and an assist, helped lead the Titans to a 5-0 win at home Dec. 13. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan junior center Ben Engwer (26) and sophomore wing CJ Acker (23) take shots on goal in first period action against Henry Sibley. Engwer, 3 goals and an assist, helped lead the Titans to a 5-0 win at home Dec. 13.
A Sibley player takes on the Tartan goalie, Michael Hughes. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Behind the shutout goaltending of Tartan’s Michael Hughes, the Titans made a first-period goal stand up for a boys hockey win against South St. Paul to open Metro East Conference action.

It was an end-to-end hockey contest. Afterwards, coach Steve Romanchuk said, “I liked our defensive play tonight. We have been having trouble stopping teams at the blue line and giving up breakaways. Tonight we did a much better job up front.”

From the South St. Paul perspective, head coach Scott Macho commented, “We got off to a very slow start. I think we didn’t come ready to play.” However, he pointed out, the team started to coalesce as time went on, and just didn’t have the luck to get the puck past Hughes.

The lone goal came two-thirds through the opening session when CJ Acker fed the puck up ice to the blade of Sam Lindahl. The junior winger cruised into the circle to the left of the net. From the inside edge of the circle he fired a laser that found a hole on the short side at 11:28 of the opening session.

The Packers came close and had their best chance three-fourths through the second period when Cameron Buhl deftly worked his way around a couple of defenders in the slot. He broke free on goal and blasted a great shot on goal. An equally great save was made by Hughes to prevent the Packers from scoring.

Next up the Titans continue MEC play when they meet Hastings at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18 at Tartan Arena, before taking to the road to meet St. Thomas Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

The Packers will travel to Maplewood to meet Hill-Murray at 7:30 p.m. at Aldrich Arena Dec. 18 and then return to Wakota Arena Dec. 20, when they meet non-conference foe Johnson at 3 p.m.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com.

 

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