BY DAVE PEDERSEN
The Delano/Rockford/Buffalo girls hockey team got a one-two punch from sophomore forward Abby Halluska and junior goalie Kendra Carlson in the 3-0 victory over Roger in a battle of league leaders.
Halluska netted all three goals and Carlson stopped all 24 shots she faced. Both teams entered the game undefeated in Mississippi 8 Conference play. The second goal was scored when the Bison were playing shorthanded and the third when on a power play.
“We have done a great job on the penalty kill, with a 90 percent kill percentage and we have three or four short-handed goals,” said coach Ray Dahlof. “Both special team units have been very effective with the power play percentage above 35.”
More players contributed to the offense in a 7-1 win over Princeton in league play Friday in Delano. Senior co-captain Lindsay Roethke provided a spark by scoring just 1:38 into the first period. Ashley Effertz and Halluska also netted first-period goals.
Taylor Thompson scored two goals and Halluska one in the second period and Halluska finished another three-goal hat trick with a third period score. Carlson made 14 saves to earn her sixth win of the year.
The Bison tried to get back up to full speed the next day when traveling to Plymouth Saturday to face No. 7 ranked Eden Prairie as part of the Lake Conference Showcase. The Bison were invited to even the field.
Eden Prairie won 4-0, earning a 29-16 edge in shots on goal. Carlson made 25 saves and Karly Schmidt had four. The team is 7-3 overall.
After 10 games Lindsay Roethke leads in points with eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points. Halluska has 15 goals and eight assists for 23 points. Carlson has a 1.66 goals against average and a save percentage of .928.
The girls play at Centennial, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 and are home at Buffalo Arena to Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
Boys hockey splits games
The Delano-Rockford boys hockey team played two games last week where in both cases the losing team had more shots on goal.
Despite out-shooting St. Louis Park 39-32 Delano-Rockford lost 2-0. One goal came on a power play and the other into an empty net.
“Certainly we felt like it was a game we should have won and we carried the bulk of play in their zone,” said coach Steve Brown. “St. Louis Park got a terrific performance from their goaltender as he stopped us on five breakaways as well as four to five point blank chances.”
Brown adds how it was one of those games where the team walks away feeling ok about the approach, the effort, the play and the chances, but disappointed in the results. Plus, the team does not get shut out very often.
Delano-Rockford rebounded to defeat a very good Totino-Grace team 4-2 at home Thursday.
“Junior Tyler Rizzardi was real solid in goal, taking care of the first shot and letting his defenders clear out rebound chances,” said Brown. “Senior defenders Lars Halonen and Grant Prinsen were outstanding all night as they made life very difficult for a physical Totino-Grace team.”
Halonen had six blocked shots and earned a plus 3 rating. Prinsen blocked 11 shots. Junior defender Nate Meyers had a plus 2 rating and blocked five shots.
Up front, senior Justin Oja had his most productive offensive game of the season with two goals and one assist. Ninth-grader Benny Meyers had a goal and two assists. Nick Pogue scored the fourth goal. Rizzardi made 22 saves.
Improving to 3-2-1 on the season, the team is home at Delano Arena against Waconia Thursday, Dec. 19, before heading to the Duluth tournament Dec. 26-28.