Black team goalie Axel Roselund (Eden Prairie) gets a glove on the puck to stop a scoring chance by Red forward Jack Sabre (Blake) in the second half of Tuesday's game at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Photo by Drew Herron
A near disastrous start could not fully derail the Red team Tuesday as Team 8 battled back from an early three-goal deficit and amplified its game several levels in the second half to carve out an 8-6 victory over Black (1).
Black came out flying early on, effectively breaking the puck out of its zone was ease and feeding a transition that threatened to crush Red’s will from the onset. Cade Ahrenholz (Lakeville South) scored twice in the opening minutes, with scores from Francis Lindgren (Minneapolis) and Jake Saver (South St. Paul) mixed in as Team 1 quickly built a 4-1 lead.
However, as the first half wore on, Team 8 would shed its heavy boots and begin skating with, then at Team 1 as the Reds went about leveling the score. Charlie Strobel (Hill-Murray) scored the first of his two goals late in the period, then assisted on another by Paul Huglen (Roseau) before Sam Janski’s (Park-Cottage Grove) goal pulled the game with less than five minutes left before the break.
In the second half, Team 1 would twice reclaim the lead on goals by Saver and Mack Motzko (Minnetonka), though Red was pull away down the stretch using an aggressive forecheck and strong vertical passing.
Strobel led all scorers with four points (2-2-4), while Huglen (2-0-2), Jack Sabre from Blake (1-1-2) and Sam Janski (1-1-2) all finished with multiple points in the victory that moves Red’s record to 2-0 for the camp.
In net, Dane Couture (Little Falls) closed out the second half and allowed just a pair of goals to ice the victory after Jake Turek (North Branch) manned the crease in the first half, and overcame the rough start to settle in. - Drew Herron
White forward Henry Bartle battles for a loose puck on the doorstep while Royal Blue goalie Matt Syverson works to cover the puck. Photo by Drew Herron
Five different goal scorers would grace the score sheet as the White team (2) etched out a narrow victory over Royal Blue (7) Tuesday afternoon at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Day 2 of Model Camp.
Royal Blue got the scoring started early when big forward Brandon Reller (Maple Grove) skated the puck through the neutral zone and fired home a wrist shot from the high slot that would reach the far top shelf, though subsequent scores from White from Joseph Kerchner (North Branch) and Henry Bartle (Centennial) would flip the lead to Team 2 heading into the break.
Throughout a tense second half, the teams would swap a goal each, as Per Waage (Wayzata) would temporarily pull Team 7 even before White’s Jack Reimann’s (Blaine) late goal would prove to be the difference.
Victorious in net for Team 2 was Toby Hopp (Maple Grove) and Dominik Caspers (Marshall), both working a half in which they each allowed just one goal.
Goaltending has been a major asset for unbeaten White (2-0) through the first two games as Team 2 leads everyone with fewest goals allowed (4). - Drew Herron
Sky Blue forward Nate Stone (Edina) finished with three goals and an assist to help spark Team 3's big victory over Team 6 Tuesday night. Sky Blue scored eight unanswered goals to win 9-2. Photo by Drew Herron
Sky Blue forward Nate Stone (Edina) tallied three goals and four points as Team 3 rolled over the Yellow squad 9-2 Tuesday evening at Mariucci.
Tied 1-1 at the break, Sky Blue pounded in eight unanswered goals after falling behind early in the second in what turned out to be one-way traffic. Yellow scored first on a goal by Jack Hanson (Minneapolis), and held a narrow lead when Jacob Schneider (Wayzata) buried one early in the second half.
But from there, it was all Sky Blue as nine skaters would record at least one point, and four with finish with multiple points for the game. Drew Holt (Eden Prairie) finished with a goal and two assists, and Logan Gravink (Andover) scored twice and added an assist. Carson Peters (Wayzata) finished with a goal and an assist to round it out.
Stone and Holt are now part of a four-way tie atop the goal scorers lead for the camp, each with three through two games. Holt leads in total points with six. - Drew Herron