by MATTHEW DAVIS
Champlin Park’s boys hockey team took its third-consecutive conference loss to second-place Blaine on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The Rebels’ 7-4 loss to the Bengals came a couple days after a tough home loss to Elk River, 4-1, on Thursday, Jan. 16. Three quick goals by the Elks early put the Rebels on their heels for the game.
Bryce Plunkett scored a power play goal late in the first to make the game 3-1 for the Rebels, but their offense would not find the net again. They had 15 shots for the game. Rebels goalie John Brey finished with 25 saves. The Rebels will look to get back on track when they host Osseo on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Crymble leads scoring, but Rebels girls hoops drops two straight
Champlin Park dropped their second straight in a 56-45 loss at No. 4 Minnetonka on Friday, Jan. 17.
Hanna Crymble had 15 points, and Sydney Hilley added 12 for the Rebels (7-6, 5-4 NWSC). South Dakota State recruit Alexis Alexander had 7 points in that loss.
She mustered 7 again against No. 2-ranked Park Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Pirates downed the Rebels 61-47. Crymble led the Rebels with 22 points in the post.
The Rebels will look to get back on track when they host Robbinsdale Armstrong (4-9, 1-7 NWSC) on Friday at 7 p.m. Then, the Rebels hit a tough stretch with first-place Centennial on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and third-place Osseo on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Close losses plague Rebels girls hockey
A heart-breaking loss to Blaine on Saturday, Jan. 18 ran Champlin Park’s losing streak to three.
Kaleigh Martinson had given the Rebels a 1-0 lead at 14:32 in the first period, assisted by Jordan Trapp and Marjie McNamara. They held the lead throughout nearly the remainder of regulation, but a Bengals goal with 36 seconds remaining tied 1-1 and forced overtime.
The Bengals scored the game-winner on a power play goal 1:19 into the overtime. Rebels goalie Hannah Goettl stopped 51 shots and had a .962 save percentage despite the loss.
Goettl and company had a close loss earlier in the week at Elk River-Zimmerman in a 2-0 loss on Tuesday, Jan. 14. She had stopped 28 shots in goal for the Rebels with a .966 save percentage. Offensively, the Rebels struggled with 14 shots in the game.
Racing Rebels take third in alpine ski meet
Champlin Park’s girls team finished fourth at their Northwest Suburban Conference meet on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Taylors Falls.
Lisa Dalman had the top finish for the Racing Rebels for fifth-place. Allison Phleger took 16th. On the boys’ side, Anson Kuznik finished third for the Racing Rebels, helping the team take seventh overall. Tony Kuznik took 12th.
Rebels wrestlers go 2-1 at home meet
Champlin Park wrestlers went 2-1 at their home invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18.
They beat Maple Grove 45-11 for the dual match win. The Rebels could not keep up with state power Apple Valley in a 39-3 dual match loss, and the Rebels fell to Hibbing 43-12.
Up next, the Rebels will compete at a tournament in Becker on Friday and Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday.
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