Totino-Grace couldn’t find a way to skate closer to stealing that second place conference position this past weekend as they fell to Spring Lake Park 2-1.
The Eagles (10-9-4, 5-4-1, 11 pts.) sit three-points from a Benilde-St. Margaret’s who currently occupies the second position in the North Suburban Conference. In the Eagles matchup with the Panthers, scoring came at a premium Logan Knip from Totino-Grace and Mackensay Kelley from Spring Lake battled one another not allowing a puck to get by through the first period.
Abby Huber from Totino-Grace was the first to find the back of the net when she scored a goal assisted by Catherine Hegedus and Marie Sedesky at the end of the second period. The Eagles opened the third period with a one goal advantage but had to start down a player due to Hegedus getting called for an interference penalty as time expired in the second period. The Eagles who are killing off nearly 81-percent of opponent power plays almost successfully took care of being shorthanded to open the third until Taylor Turnquist from Spring Lake Park scored with nine seconds left on the power play.
The Eagles went shorthanded again at the twelve-minute mark when Hannah Johnson got called for tripping, and less than 20-seconds later, Turnquist again found the back of the net to give the Panthers a one-goal lead that happened to be just enough as the Panthers downed the Eagles by a score of 2-1. With only two regular season games left, a Friday matchup between Totino-Grace and Benilde-St. Margaret’s should prove to be very interesting as there could be major conference tournament seeding implications.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. inside the Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.
Knights continue to shine
Irondale is good, plain and simple. The Knights continue to dominate the North Suburban Conference by having a four-point lead over their closest competitor, Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Irondale, (16-7-1, 9-3-0, 18 pts) has gone 2-0 in their last two games outscoring their opponents 13-1.
Their first win of these two came against a reeling St. Louis Park team who has had trouble finding any consistent momentum this season—Irondale handled them with a convincing 7-0 shutout. Then came the Chisago Lakes Wildcats who Irondale also had the treatment for pouncing all over the Wildcats with a 6-1 victory. Alex Toupal, Sena Hanson, and Samantha Donovan from Irondale have all had an unbelievable last two games. Toupal has scored three goals to go along with her two assists, Hanson has five goals and two assists, and Donovan who has been a shining star all season has recorded four goals and two assists of her own over the last two contests.
Saturday is an all-important rematch with Chisago Lakes as Irondale has the possibility of securing the number one seed in the North Suburban Conference. Game time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. inside the National Sports Center in Blaine for anyone who is interested.