By Matthew Davis
Two quick goals by Max Turgeon propelled Champlin Park to a 5-3 win over Osseo on Friday, Feb. 7.
Turgeon took the opening face off in the third period and put it past Osseo’s Connor Dahlberg for a 4-3 Rebels lead. Turgeon struck again 10 minutes later with a rebound, assisted by Luke Dalman and Bryce Plunkett.
“That really got us going for the rest of the period,” Rebels coach Pat Janostin said about the first Turgeon goal.
From there on out, the Rebels took control of a game where the Orioles had controlled the puck and won shooting battle throughout, 35-27. With two minutes left, the Orioles pulled Dahlberg to have an extra man advantage, but no amount of pressure could get the puck past Rebels sophomore goalie John Brey.
“That was our best period of the night,” Rebels coach Pat Janostin said. “We won that period 2-0.”
Despite a slow start for the Rebels, senior forward Danny Eggerichs got them on the board first 1-0 in the first period on assists from Jacob Aberwald and Nick Batemann. Seniors forward Luke Dalman put the Rebels up 2-0 early in the second period unassisted.
“Osseo did a really nice job of keeping us to the outside,” Janostin said.
Oriole puck control paid off when junior forward Josh Stromberg scored the first goal of the game for the Orioles on an assist from Tyler Stroh. Stromberg, a Park Center student, has 7 points on the year as a member of the Orioles hockey co-op.
“We definitely controlled the game, we out-shot them by about 10,” Stromberg said. “We played well, but they scored on their opportunities.”
The Orioles tied the game a minute later at 2-2 on a goal from Zach Heiser assisted by Ben Christofferson and Mason Hautala.
On a power play late in the period, the Orioles controlled the puck on the Rebels end for two minutes and punched in a goal from Cameron Perna to take the lead 3-2. Stromberg assisted on the goal.
The Rebels responded quickly with a goal off the ensuing face-off by Reese Woods. Danny Eggerichs and Blake Auer assisted on the goal, which tied the game 3-3.
“The real momentum killer was that 2-on-1 we gave up and they tied it up,” Orioles coach Kevin Willey said.
John Brey earned the win in goal for the Rebels with 32 saves and a .914 save percentage. Orioles goalie Connor Dahlberg had 22 saves as his team dropped to 4-18 overall and 2-14 in the Northwest Suburban.
“We battled hard, we played a good game, but we didn’t get the bounces,” Orioles defenseman and Park Center student Austin Ledin said.
The Rebels (9-13, 6-10 NWSC) won their third straight game in a week. A late goal by Bryce Plunkett put the Rebels past Robbinsdale Armstrong 3-2 on Thursday, Feb. 6. Anthony Donato scored two goals in the Rebels’ 4-2 win over Coon Rapids on Feb. 1.
“We’re winning games, but we’re still not playing to our potential,” Rebels senior defenseman Michael Borrell said.
With less than a week left in the regular season, the Rebels will look to improve their potential section seeding. They visit Elk River on Thursday at 7 p.m. and host Anoka on Saturday at 3 p.m. Last year’s run to the section finals is still a recent memory for the Rebels.
“We just want to get back and do better than we did last year,” Plunkett said.