After four straight wins, the Delano-Rockford boys hockey team was slowed by a couple of state-ranked teams. After losing 3-1 to Breck, the team was shut out 3-0 by St. Cloud Cathedral, another ranked team.
The offense broke free by overpowering New Ulm 5-3 Saturday. Delano-Rockford plays at St. Michael-Albertville Thursday, Dec. 20 and is home to Superior, Wisconsin, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
“Overall, we did some very good things against St. Cloud Cathedral, but were unable to put the puck in the back of the net,” said coach Steve Brown about how his squad was competitive.
Specifically, he pointed to the play of junior defenders Grant Prinsen and Lars Halonen. Senior Aaron Grangroth played well in goal against SCC, making 32 saves.
Facing not so much pressure at New Ulm, all three forward lines put pressure on the goaltender throughout the game.
Linemates Adam McLain, Justin Oja, and Eric Ylitalo each recorded at least three points. Ylitalo had three goals and one assist. McLain scored a goal with two assists and Oja added three assists.
Sophomore goaltender Brett Norling made 15 saves.
Delano girls basketball
The test against two state tourney teams from a year ago went well for the Delano girls basketball team last week.
After losing 58-51 to Monticello in a non-conference event, the Tigers won 50-39 at league rival Hutchinson.
Monticello hit on 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range in the first six minute to lead 22-11. Delano battled back to cut the margin to 34-27 at the half and tied the game at 43 in the second half. Monticello hit its free throws down the stretch.
Alex Wittinger scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and shot 64 percent. Brooke Lemke, who started in place of injured Katie Emmer, scored 11 points and had five assists.
Poor shooting did not help Hutchinson’s cause. On the other hand, Delano took care of the ball and used a balanced scoring attack.
Wittinger scored 13 points with seven rebounds. Kalley Koch started for the first time, producing eight points and five rebounds.
Tayler Hedtke had eight points and four rebounds. Savanah Bettin, Lemke and Darian Sowers had six points each. Sowers also had five rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and no turnovers.
On the season, Wittinger is averaging 15.6 points and 11.6 rebounds. Lemke averages 10.7 points per game.
The Tigers are home against Norwood-Young America Thursday, Dec. 20.