The South St. Paul Packers came to Polar Arena Dec. 7 to face off with the North Polars in the opening game for both in girls’ Classic Suburban Conference hockey.
In a display of dexterity and superior puck movement—the Packers out shot North 39-25—South St. Paul rode the bus home and across the river with a 4-1 victory in their collective duffel bags.
The Minnetonka Skippers sailed into Aldrich Arena Dec. 7 for a girls hockey contest with the Hill-Murray Pioneers.
When it was all over the Skippers had to feel lucky to board the bus with a 3-2 overtime win.
The North Polars girls’ basketball squad is approaching the coming season with much anticipation for improving on their better record when the smoke clears at the end of February.
Coach Andy Jacobson voiced confidence in his team’s dedication to improvement.
North High sophomore goalie Marit Larson (33) prepares to make the save in action against Maple Grove at home Dec. 5. (Linda Baumiester/Review)
The North Polars take to the ice this early season with some seasoned veterans up front on their lines.
Coach Allie Thunstrom has returned for a second year to her alma mater to take the reins of a team on which she once skated as a star.
Thunstrom says the Polars have experience, as well as a variety of skill sets, on their side.
Picture of ‘47 Johnson High State Hockey Champs (submitted photo)
The date of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Johnson High School boys hockey team is getting close at hand.
The celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 21, and things are beginning to really heat up for a get-together of East Siders that might prove hard to handle -- especially when it involves old hockey players, with old memories.
The event is billed as “The Pride of the East Side.”
Tartan players Victoria Orlando (8), Tara Bighley (14), and Jordan Jackson (21) swarm to defend as Maggie Straka (30) minds the goal. Wayzata was up 3-0 after the first period at Tartan Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
It was not unlike a game of cat-and-mouse Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tartan Arena when the Woodbury Royals girls hockey team faced off against the Tartan Titans.
Woodbury put the first goal on the board. Tartan countered with three and led 3-1 at the end of the first period.
North High senior forward Adam Hildebrandt (22) takes charge of the puck on the line with Justin Oliver (7) during second period action against Hastings. The Polars lost 5-2 at home Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hastings Raiders came to Polar Arena Tuesday, Nov. 26, and soon became opportunists at North High’s expense.
In all, the Raiders took advantage of half of the six North penalties when they scored three goals on power plays.
Hastings—which will be a regular visitor next season when the school becomes part of the newly formed East Suburban Conference —outshot North by 44-27 and generally enjoyed a territorial advantage.
The Tartan Titans boys basketball team hopes to be a power in the Classic Suburban Conference once again this season.
Coach Mark Klingsporn said recently, “We will return two starters (Brody Jackson and Tommy Hanson) and our entire front court players.
“We lost our entire back court to graduation, but we expect to fill any gaps back there from our highly successful JV and “B” squad teams.”
The Hill-Murray boys hockey forces opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory against the Burnsville Blaze at the Burnsville Ice Center Thursday, Nov. 21.
Though owning an 11-7 shots-on-goal advantage, the Pioneers were on the short end of a 2-1 score after the first period.