After gaining a 2-0 lead over the Mahtomedi Zephyrs, the Tartan Titans boys hockey team squandered several scoring chances. Meanwhile, Mahtomedi scored five unanswered tallies - the last on an open net - and posted a 5-2 triumph.
“It was a case of missed opportunities,” said Tartan co-head coach Steve Romanchuk after the Friday, Jan. 10, game. “(The Zephyrs) are a good team. They’re well coached, and they played us tough.”
The coach then showed an iPad picture of a Tartan player missing a shot at a wide-open Mahtomedi goal.
Holiday tournaments behind them, area girls hockey teams were back on the ice Friday, Jan. 3. in Classic Suburban Conference action.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers, defending CSC champions, posted a 5-1 win over South St. Paul. North High gained a 3-2 win over Mahtomedi in overtime, and Tartan was victorious, 6-3, against Henry Sibley.
In a tense girls basketball game that went down to the wire, the Hill-Murray Pioneers pulled ahead in the late stages to ground the Totino-Grace Eagles Friday, Jan. 3, at the Hill-Murray Field House.
“It was a hard-fought game right to the end. That three-point shot by No. 10 (Olivia Graskewicz) was somewhat of a killer,” stated Totino-Grace head coach Bill Essma.
“Our shooting wasn’t what I hoped it would be. But they are a tough team. In the end, it came down to just shooting,” Essma said.
The Tartan Titans took their potent ice hockey forces to West St. Paul Arena Saturday, Dec. 14, and displayed their prowess in a Classic Suburban Conference clash with the Henry Sibley Warriors.
The final was an 8-0 whitewash of the Warriors that pushed the highly successful Titans to an overall mark of 7-1 and 2-0 in CSC boys hockey action.
Despite North High net keeper Marit Larson’s amazing performance in stopping 45 shots by the Hill-Murray Pioneers Friday, Dec. 13, it was the four that eluded her that cost her and her teammates the hockey game.
The Pioneers scored three goals in the first period of the game at Polar Arena and then were limited to just one more in the final 34 minutes.
The North High Polars traveled to Phalen Arena Tuesday, Dec.10, for a hard-skating, good end-to-end contest with the Johnson Governors and emerged on top, 4-1.
“It was a bit sloppy,” said North veteran mentor Jerry Diebel at game’s end. “But Johnson is that kind of club. They make you look ‘sloppy’ out there on the ice. But both teams played hard and gave a good effort.
A good second-period comeback by North High went for naught Thursday, Dec. 12, as the Tartan boys hockey team recorded a 7-4 triumph.
The loss dropped the Polars to 0-1 in the Classic Suburban Conference.
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.