Andover’s goaltender Amanda Pelkey gets the shutout Tuesday night in a Northwest Suburban Conference rivalry game against Maple Grove. The Huskies beat the Crimson 3-0 in Maple Grove. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Andover senior goaltender Amanda Pelkey spent the last three seasons backing up now-graduated Cassidy Stumo. This year is Pelkey’s first season as a regular starter in net for the Huskies.
How is she doing? Well, she’s riding a shutout streak of 124 minutes, 45 seconds after her second-straight shutout for the undefeated Huskies, a 3-0 victory over Maple Grove on Tuesday at Maple Grove Community Ice Arena.
Being the No. 1 goalie is definitely more fun, Pelkey said.
“I love being able to play in these big games like this,” Pelkey said. “I feel a lot more pressure now that I’m actually going out to play, instead of Cassidy going. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s amazing.”
The Huskies' Madelynn Jurgensen (22) scores Andover’s second of the night in a 3-0 win over Maple Grove, helping the Huskies remaining undefeated. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
In a battle of unbeatens, Andover got its lucky 13th victory to remain perfect this season.
The Huskies (13-0-0, 9-0-0) defeated Maple Grove 3-0 for their sixth shutout of the season — their second in as many games — in a battle of Northwest Suburban Conference rivals Tuesday at the Maple Grove Community Ice Arena.
The Huskies, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, have now outscored opponents 84-9; Andover came in allowing 0.75 goals per game while scoring an average of 6.75 goals per contest.
The game was scoreless into the third period. Huskies junior winger Peyton Hemp had already been buzzing around the offensive zone with her teammates early in the third. When they got their first power play, she shot into the goaltender’s glove, which was at least her third solid scoring chance of the third period.
Next time she got the puck, she capitalized.
Hemp scored an unassisted power-play goal right off a faceoff only 23 seconds into the power play and with about 11 minutes left in regulation to break the scoreless tie. It was Hemp’s 13th goal of the season and her 32nd point, a category where she ranks among the state leaders.
Andover junior Madelynn Jurgensen made it 2-0 with 6:27 to play when she cleaned up a rebound near the crease. An empty-net goal came from freshman Isa Goettl with 39.7 seconds left.
Senior goaltender Amanda Pelkey made 18 saves for the Huskies, while junior Brooke Cassibo from No. 6-2A Maple Grove (9-1-1, 6-1-0) stopped 34 shots.
Both teams are coming off Class 2A state tournament appearances last season. Though both teams are searching for another step forward; Andover took fourth after an overtime semifinal loss, while Maple Grove won the consolation championship. Neither team has won a girls’ hockey state title.
Maple Grove's Sam Nordstrom takes a power-play shot on goal in the second period but is denied by goaltender Amanda Pelkey. The Crimson lost to Andover 3-0 Tuesday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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