by Bob san
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Their record does not reflect it but the Osseo High boys’ hockey team has been playing much better compared to the first part of the season.
“We’ve been playing some pretty decent hockey lately although we haven’t been putting a lot of W’s in the win column,” Osseo co-coach Kevin Willey said. “We play in a tough conference, so it’s a battle each and every game. The boys have to be ready to go every night otherwise we will get beat.”
The Orioles did get their second conference win last Saturday when they won at Coon Rapids 3-1 in an outdoor game.
Osseo out shot Coon Rapids 36-10 but trailed 1-0 after two periods. Mason Hautala scored two goals within 3 minutes early in the third period to put Osseo up to stay and Jared Vance added the clincher late. Ben Christofferson, Cameron Perna, A.J. Lyons and Chase Funfar each had an assist and Connor Dahlberg was the winning goalie.
Prior to that, the Orioles lost to Maple Grove 4-2 June 14 and 4-0 to Andover June 16.
“In the Maple Grove game, we started out really slow in the first period,” Willey said. “We were puck watching too much and not moving our feet. The second and third periods were much better. The boys started taking the body and sprinting to loose pucks. They were more into the game. We need to keep working on taking care of the puck and eliminating turnovers.”
Rudy Alexander and Zach Heiser scored for Osseo.
Overall, Willey feels the Orioles have made good progress and are competitive.
“We’ve been improving over the past couple weeks,” he said. “We picked up a nice overtime win against Coon Rapids and were in games against Centennial and Elk River going into the third period.”
Dahlberg has been playing very well and keeping Osseo in most games. Offensively, Christofferson leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and five assists and Hautala had 10 goals and four assists. Rudy Alexander (three goals, eight assists), AJ Lyons (three goals, six assists) and Seth Younkers (one goal, six assists) are the other leading scorers.
Osseo next visits Champlin Park Thursday, Jan. 23 and travels to Blaine Saturday, Jan. 25.
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