BY DAVID PEDERSEN
The area girls hockey team upset No. 10 rated and undefeated Anoka 3-2 last Thursday and should move up from being ranked No. 18.
“We knew it would be a great game,” said coach Ray Dahlof. “We had a chance to scout them twice, so we knew they had a very potent offense and good team speed. We had a great crowd and they were treated to a fantastic game.”
The team that includes players from Delano, Rockford and Buffalo started out strong in the first period by out-shooting the Tornadoes 16-6. Anoka’s goalie kept the puck out of the net.
Both teams scored twice in the second period. Ninth-grader netted an unassisted goal that was countered by Anoka just 44 seconds later. Ashley Effertz put the Bison in front 2-1 off a pass from Kirsten Olson. Anoka tied the game with no time left on the clock to end the period.
The game remained tied until the Tornadoes were whistled for a penalty with seven minutes left in the third period. It took the Bison six seconds to score on the power play goal by Emily Varner. The Bison power play has now scored on 80 percent of the chances.
Bison goalie Lindsey Hartfiel came up big for the Bison when Anoka went on the power play late in the game. She made 23 saves in the game while the Anoka net minder had 38 saves.
A big Mississippi 8 Conference game is set against North Wright County at home Thursday, Dec. 6. The Bison play at Cambridge Dec. 11 and home against Centennial Dec. 13.