The Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Polar Arena featuring archrivals Tartan and North was a make-up game of an earlier contest postponed because of cold weather.
The Titans offset two early goals by the Polars to pull ahead in the third period and win going away, 7-3.
Tartan’s four unanswered goals in the final 17 minutes made the difference for the second time in two meetings this season. Tartan gained a 7-4 win in the first outing between the rivals on Dec. 12.
In a make-up girls hockey game Feb. 4, the South St. Paul Packers invaded Tartan Arena and left the Titans feeling as cold as the subzero temperatures that caused the weather-related postponement in the first place.
Though the Titans had a occasional sorties into the Packers zone, they could not penetrate the visitors’ armor and the result was a 3-0 setback.
Over the last four seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls hockey team has lost only two section playoff games. Both of those defeats came at the hands of Hill-Murray, which has quickly turned into the Raiders’ biggest post-season rival.
That rivalry is set to be renewed this week when Roseville and Hill-Murray square off in a Section 4AA semifinal on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Aldrich Arena.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers traveled to Tartan Jan. 29 for a Classic Suburban Conference boys basketball confrontation and ended up on the bottom side of an 85-70 final tally.
From the stands, it may have appeared there were two different teams playing two different games. The first half belonged to Tartan and the second half to the Pioneers, as they came back and outscored the Titans by 11. But for the Pioneers it was not enough to overcome Tartan’s domination in the first 18 minutes.
The Mounds View Mustangs came to Tartan Jan. 30 for a makeup boys’ hockey clash. In a rare afternoon start, the Mustangs rode home with a 3-2 victory.
It was a sweet success for Mounds View head coach Rick Thomas, who is rebuilding the team this year.
The South St. Paul Packers girls basketball forces headed to Hill-Murray Jan. 31 for a Classic Suburban Conference contest.
The Packers fought hard to the very end, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a determined Hill-Murray offense and a more stubborn defense.
The final result was a 55-32 CSC victory with Hill-Murray on the top side of the score.
For the past four years, the Section 4AA girls hockey championship has come down to Roseville Area High School and Hill-Murray High School. That streak will end this year.
The seedings for this year’s section tournament were released on Sunday and Roseville ended up as the fourth seed while Hill-Murray got the No. 1 spot. That means that if the two squads do square off in the post-season this year, it will be in the semifinals.