Boys hockey roars to two more victories
BY DAVID PEDERSEN
The recent loss to No. 1-ranked Minnetonka obviously did not discourage the area girls hockey team, rebounding to upset No. 4-rated Wayzata 3-2 last week.
The Bison got a big spark when Katie Rooney scored two goals on her second shift of the game coming just 32 seconds apart. Goaltender Lindsey Hartfiel took over from there by making 23 saves.
Coach Ray Dahlof said the first goal was a result of a great break-out play by defender Allison Roethke, who passed to Lindsay Roethke and on to Rooney for the score.
On the ensuing face-off Ashley Effertz cycled the puck in the corner to Lindsay Roethke, who found Rooney in front of the net.
Wayzata scored with 30 seconds left in the first period when both teams had 10 shots on goal.
The Bison and Madi Jewell got the all important next goal early in the second period. After the Trojans switched goalies, they picked up the tempo and scored late in the period, closing the gap to 3-2.
That set up an exciting third period. Wayzata kept the heat on when getting a five on three four power play in the first two minutes of the period.
“We weathered their power play opportunities and settled into a nice pace for the rest of the period,” adds Dahlof. “It was high tempo for the last 12 minutes with each team getting some good chances. It was a great win for us over a top team.”
The team that includes players from Delano, Rockford and Buffalo improved to 8-2 on the season, losing only to defending state champ Minnetonka and North Wright County.
It is on to the Armstrong-Cooper Holliday Classic Dec. 27-29 at New Hope Arena. The first game is at 7:15 p.m. Thursday against Woodbury.
The Delano-Rockford boys hockey team improved to 7-2 with a 5-0 shutout of Spring Lake Park and a 6-2 triumph over St. Michael-Albertville last week.
Four first-period goals set the pace against SLP. Mike Kruger netted two goals with one each by Levi Peterson, Chet Halonen and Eric Ylitalo. Adam McLain had two assists and goalie Aaron Grangroth made 11 saves to post the shutout.
McLain scored three goals with two assists against STMA. Justin Oja had a goal with three assists, Nate Meyers and Ylitalo both scored a goal and Kruger added two assists. Brent Norling worked in goal.
The team heads to Duluth for the Hilltopper Holiday Classic, playing games on Dec. 27, 28 and 29.