Boys hockey roundup: Irondale drops the puck
By Ryan Schleicher – Sun Newspapers
Irondale (4-6-0; 1-3) who was a sleeper team in the North Suburban Conference lost a heartbreaker to Spring Lake Park 5-4 to fall in the conference standings.
Irondale led off the scoring when Alex Fredburg found the back of the net at the 7:09 mark in the first period. It wasn’t until 15 seconds into the second period until Spring Lake Park answered back with a goal of its own scored by Austen Long to knot the game at one apiece. Irondale rattled off three unanswered goals in a time span of just over six minutes.
Team Leader in goals Jack Tuomie scored added by another two goals from Logan Johnson had Irondale feeling good up 4-to-1 at the 12:00 minute mark of the second period. As quick as they came, Irondale squandered the opportunity to seize momentum as they allowed two unanswered goals by Spring Lake Park’s Deven Sunell and Gage Rickenbach to close out the third to bring the score back to 4-to-3 and capture all the momentum heading into the third period.
In the third, Spring Lake Park picked up right where they left off. Pressing, forcing the issue, keeping momentum on their side paid off when Brandon Richards scored 6:40 into the third to tie the game at four.
Irondale, had its opportunities but could not get luck to go their way and just as things seemed as though they’d be headed for overtime, Spring Lake Park drove the final nail in the coffin with just over a couple minutes left in the game when Austen Long scored a goal and won the game for his squad. Irondale now falls to fifth in the North Suburban Conference standings, four points behind first place St. Francis.
Eagles dominate Aces
Domination: Nothing else much to say in the Totino-Grace win over the Achiever N.E. Academy Aces. TG (6-1-1; 2-0) continued their blistering season by tossing up an 8-1 blowout.
Derek Lodermeier from TG continues his red-hot season by scoring two goals bringing him to 14-goals already this season while T.J. Roo piled on three more assists onto his already school record. TG sits second in the North Suburban Conference, only two conference points behind Saint Francis for the lead.