By Bob San
Osseo-Maple Grove Sports
With many top players returning, the Maple Grove girls’ hockey team and coaches feel the Crimson can compete with any team they face this season.
“This season our team has a strong balance of talented upper and under classmen,” Crimson assistant coach Joey Olson said. “We are looking to practice and prepare for each game with a high energy and competition level. We are expecting the team to be able to compete with the top teams in the state this
The team is led by senior returning players Sarah Jackson, Sydney Sanford, Olivia Rosenow, Katie Josephson, Samantha Boonstra, Lexy Dorosh, and Summer Thibodeau. Other top returning players are juniors Hailey Herdine, Abby Larson and Lanie Baldwin and freshman goalie Breanna Blesi. The captains this year are Thibodeau, Josephson, Jackson and Baldwin.
Olson and the Crimson are looking to improve on last year’s 13-11-2 record. The Northwest Suburban Conference and the section look to be very balanced with no clear cut powerhouse.
The Crimson showed their competitiveness in the first week as they lost two close games to Edina 3-0 and to Centennial 4-3. In the Centennial game, they trailed 3-0 but scored three straight goals in the second period by Thibodeau, Payton Olson and Herdine to tie it. Centennial got the game-winner in the third period.
Maple Grove beat Coon Rapids 2-0 last Saturday for its first win of the season. The Crimson, now 1-2, next visit North Metro Saturday, Nov. 23.