By Bob San
After a rough start, the young Maple Grove girls’ hockey team seems to have found its form. The Crimson beat Cooper 1-0 last Saturday for their fifth straight victory. They improved to 6-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference, just half a game behind 6-1 Andover.
The Crimson got off to a 1-3-1 start but started the winning streak with a 12-3 over Onalaska in the Maple Grove Tournament. They then won an away game at Blaine 5-3, and followed with a 4-1 win over North Metro, a 3-1 victory over Anoka and the 1-0 shutout over Cooper.
Senior captain Maddie Woo said the win over Blaine was huge. The Crimson trailed 3-2 in the third period but rallied for three straight goals from Katie Josephson, Paige Naasko and Woo (second in the game) to win. Sam Boonstra got the other goal.
“Prior to that game we had a rough few games,” Woo said. “Finally in that game we came together, everybody contributed and worked hard. We beat a team that was in first place in the conference and we shut them down on their home ice and did what we’re supposed to do. Hopefully it’s a turning point.”
It sure looks like it as the Crimson kept playing well as a team. Woo scored twice, Josephson and Abby Larson once in the win over North Metro. Against Anoka, Paige Naasko, Lexy Dorosh and Woo found the net. Boonstra scored the lone goal and Breanna Blesi made 20 saves in the win over Cooper. Blesi was in the net in all the five wins.
Maple Grove next hosts Champlin Park Saturday, Dec. 15.