By Matthew Davis
Lexi Alexander scored 18 points Genevae Adkins scored 10 as the Champlin Park Rebels beat the Osseo Orioles 61-54 on Thursday, Jan. 30.
“We played great team defense with exceptional effort by senior Kelli Heytens and freshman Sydney Hilley,” Rebels coach Jake Kuppe said.
Their defense helped the Rebels hold a strong Orioles offense from cracking 60 points. An 11-0 run in the second half by the Rebels also made a big difference in the outcome. Seniors Olivia Fulton, Taylor Severn, Adkins and Mariya Sampson all sparked that run.
“It was a game of spurts with us taking control with five minutes left in the second half,” Kuppe said.
The Rebels (9-7, 7-5 Northwest Suburban) moved to a game behind fourth-place Osseo (10-7, 8-4 NWSC) in the conference standings with the win. The Rebels will play at Coon Rapids (3-14, 1-11 NWSC) on Friday at 7 p.m., and the Rebels will host Blaine (5-10, 2-10 NWSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Rebels lose to Cards in finale
Maggie Cragg got Champlin Park started off on the right skate with a first period goal, but the Rebels mustered no more offense in a 3-1 loss.
Coon Rapids scored three unanswered goals to hand the Rebels a loss in their regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Champlin Ice Forum. Sydney Peluf assisted on the lone goal for the Rebels (10-15, 7-11 Northwest Suburban). Rebels goalie Hannah Goettl had 28 saves with a .933 save percentage.
The Rebels lost by a goal the day before on Friday, Jan. 31 when they fell 3-2 to Robbinsdale Armstrong-Cooper. Gabby Paulsrud and Abbey Dokken each had goals for the Rebels. Marjie McNamara and Kaylee Wood each assisted on goals. Goettl stopped 33 shots, and she had a .909 save percentage.
Rebels snap losing skid
Champlin Park ended their six-consecutive game losing streak on Saturday, Feb. 1 in a 4-2 win at Coon Rapids.
Anthony Donato had two goals for the Rebels, and Luke Dalman and Max Turgeon each put one in the net. Bryce Plunkett, Michael Borrell, Derek Smith and Turgeon all had assists in the win. Rebels goalie John Brey had 22 saves and a .917 save percentage.
It also ended two-consecutive games of scoreless hockey for the Rebels. They lost 7-0 to Andover on Thursday, Jan. 30 and 3-0 to Centennial on Jan. 25.
Racing Rebels boys finish seventh, girls finish eighth
Champlin Park’s Nordic ski teams took seventh and eighth on the boys and girls sides respectively in the Northwest Suburban Conference meet.
They raced at Theodore Wirth Golf Course in Minneapolis with the 10-team field. The Racing Rebels will compete at sections this week.
Rebels go 2-1 at Kennedy invite
Champlin Park won a couple of duals in a 2-1 showing at the Bloomington Kennedy Invitational on Jan. 25.
The Rebels beat Irondale 46-18 and Saint Paul Highland Park 45-24. The Rebels ran into No. 4 Hastings in their lone loss, 70-12.