Girls hockey season in full swing

With the high school girls hockey season in full swing, here's a look at where Mounds View and Irondale/St. Anthony Village stand.

Irondale/St. Anthony Village

The Knights got off to a slow start in terms of wins but have picked up the pace a bit since Thanksgiving. Irondale/St. Anthony Village won just once in its first seven games but enters this week having won three of the last five.

Irondale's most-recent victory was also its first shutout of the season. The Knights traveled to Brooklyn Park on Dec. 12 for a matinee tilt against Armstrong/Cooper and came away with a 2-0 victory.

Senior netminder Kalley Elwell stopped all 16 shots she faced to pick up the victory. Senior forward Maddie Hentges paced the Knights' offense with a pair of assists.

Irondale's other game last week was a home contest against Blake, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A. The Bears showed off why their highly-ranked by blitzing the Knights 8-0.

Irondale has two more games on its pre-Christmas schedule, including a home game against Totino-Grace on Dec. 19. The Knights then go out of conference on Dec. 22 when Rogers pays a visit to the Super Rink.

Over the holiday break, Irondale is playing in the Edina tournament at Braemar Arena. Joining the Knights and host Hornets are Breck, Grand Rapids/Greenway, Hopkins, Stillwater, Lakeville South and Maple Grove.

Mounds View

The Mustangs find themselves on the opposite of the ledger as Irondale. Mounds View won its first four games of the season but have just one victory in its previous five contests.

Beginning play last week, Mounds View was tied for first in the Suburban East Conference but dropped out of that tie after losing to Forest Lake on Dec. 12. The Lakers built a three-goal lead, which the Mustangs' couldn't overcome, and pulled out a 3-2 victory.

Trailing by three in the second period, Mounds View scored twice in the final minute. Junior forward Rachel Anderson tallied an unassisted goal with 31 seconds left in the period and provided an assist on senior Sydney Brodt's goal 17 seconds later. Senior Courtney Conlin added the other assist on Brodt's score.

That would the extent of the scoring as neither team could find the back of the net in third. Mounds View freshman goalie Teagan Johnson made 26 saves in the losing effort.

Mounds View peppered Forest Lake netminder Kaylee Remington with 36 shots.

The Mustangs' other game last week was a 2-2 tie in a non-conference game against Spring Lake Park/Coon Rapids.

Mounds View faces a pair of conference foes this week as it travels to Park-Cottage Grove on Dec. 15 and hosts Cretin-Derham Hall on Dec. 18. The Mustangs close out their pre-Christmas schedule with a visit from Benilde-St. Margaret's on Dec. 22.

Over the holiday break, Mounds View plays in the Kaposia Classic at South St. Paul's Doug Woog Arena on Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Among the teams in the field along with Mounds View and the host Packers are two-time defending Class AA state champion Hill-Murray, Jefferson/Kennedy, Roseville, Hibbing/Chisholm, Elk River/Zimmerman and Blake.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Northwest Suburban Conference girls hockey standings
  Conf. Overall Points
Elk River/Zimmerman 7-1-2 8-1-2 16
Anoka 5-3-3 7-3-3 13
Centennial 6-3 8-4 12
Maple Grove  5-2 8-1-2 10
Blaine 5-2 8-2 10
SLP/Coon Rapids 5-3 7-3-1 10
Andover 5-3 7-4 10
Irondale/St. Anthony 3-5 4-8 6
Champlin Park 2-4 3-7 4
Totino-Grace 1-6 2-9 2
Armstrong/Cooper 0-5-1 4-6-1 1
North Metro 0-9 0-10-1 0

 Suburban East Conference girls hockey standings
  Conf. Overall Points
Stillwater 5-3-1 5-5-1 11
Cretin-Derham Hall 5-1 7-3 10
Forest Lake 5-1 5-3 10
Mounds View 4-2 5-3-1 8
East Ridge 3-2-1  6-4-1 7
White Bear Lake 2-3 4-5 4
Roseville 5-3 7-4 10
Park-Cottage Grove 0-6 2-8 0
Woodbury 0-6 0-11 0


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