Hockey teams meet their match after strong starts


Sophomore Rachel Stendahl rushes the puck for the area girls hockey team that is 3-1 on the season. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Sophomore Rachel Stendahl rushes the puck for the area girls hockey team that is 3-1 on the season. (Photo by Bill Nord)


After winning their first two games in dominating style, both area boys and girls hockey teams suffered their first loss of the season last week.

The boys had started the season with 2-0 and 9-0 victories before falling 7-4 to state power Breck. South St. Paul nipped the girls 2-1 Saturday.

Delano-Rockford boys did not help themselves when taking eight penalties to Breck’s four. The team did get first period goals by Adam Eskola and Chet Halonen, but Breck netted three in between. Also scoring was Ben Meyers and Justin Oja. Tyler Rizzardi stopped 28 shots in goal.

The next games are Dec. 5 at Victoria Arena against Chanhassen, Dec. 10 at St. Louis Park and Dec. 12 at home against Totino Grace.

The Delano/Rockford/Buffalo girls hockey team had outscored opponents by a total of 25-4 in three games to start the season. South St. Paul jumped to a 1-0 lead on a power play in the first period. The Bison answered with a goal by Abby Halluska.

The winning goal came near the end of the second period when the Bison outshot the packers 12-8 and were stopped on two clear breakaways. The local team also totally dominated the third period with a 15-1 edge in shots on goal but could not score.

Before facing SSP the Bison defeated St. Francis/North Branch 8-2. Kirsten Olson, Taylor Thompson and Ashley Effertz netted two goals each, with other goals scored by Rylan Bistodeau and Lindsay Roethke.

“We moved some players around for this game and it really paid off,” said coach Ray Dahlof. “We moved Madi Jewell to a center with Ashley Effertz at left wing and moved Kirsten Olson from defense to right wing on that line. We also put Rylan Bistodeau at center with Ciara Prodahl and Rachel Stendahl and brought Allison Roethke back to defense, her natural position. We had scoring production from all three lines and we did a good job in our defensive zone.”

The Bison had a season high 60 shots on net.  The girls play at Chisago Lakes Dec. 6, at Maple Grove Dec. 7 and are home in Buffalo arena to Princeton/Big Lake/Becker Dec. 10.