by MATTHEW DAVIS
The Champlin Park Rebels moved to a 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Northwest Suburban Conference play through Dec. 7 with a pair NWSC wins.
“We are moving the ball better and playing as a team with five players almost averaging in double figures,” Rebels coach Mark Tuchscherer said.
The Rebels edged Maple Grove 64-61 in their NWSC opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
“It was a battle, but we held on to win the game,” Tuchscherer said.
Two days later, the Rebels had a big second half and ran past Robbinsdale Armstrong 88-65.
“It was a game of runs but we really tightened up our defense in the second half and used back to back dunks to spur our final big run to take control of the game,” Tuchscherer said.
Part of their early-season success has come from Brennan Witt’s big start. He averages 24 points and 10 rebounds per game. The Rebels will need that with a big slate of games this week.
They faced Centennial on Tuesday and will play Osseo on Friday night. The Rebels also take on Eden Prairie at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic at Minnetonka High School.
The Champlin Park Rebels fell to 1-0 Centennial on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Jacob Aberwald and Luke Dalman created scoring chances, but the Rebel came up short against the Cougars. Rebels defensemen Michael Borrell and Mason VanTuyl both had solid games, and goalie John Brey had good game in net.
“Our five-on-five play has been very good so we will need to play even strength as much as possible,” Rebels coach Pat Janostin said.
A 3-0 win at Coon Rapids has the Champlin Park Rebels heating up on the ice.
Three different Rebels scored in their contest on Saturday, Dec. 7, once in each period. Marji McNamara opened the scoring in the first period with a goal on an assists by Abbey Dokken and Kaleigh Martinson. Dokken and Martinson both assisted on the second goal when Bri Johnson put the puck in the net during the second period. Both Johnson and McNamara assisted on the third goal, which Maggie Cragg scored with the team short-handed. Hannah Goettl picked up her second shutout of the season with 26 saves in goal.
“We played a very steady game all night and got great play from Marji McNamara all night she set the tempo for the game,” Rebels coach Jim Koltes said. “We have won three of our last four games and are starting to find a groove.”
The Rebels have a three-game stretch at home, which started with Tuesday’s game against Andover. Maple Grove and North Metro will come to Champlin Park later this week.
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