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Andover overpowers Eastview 7-0 to set up 2A title defense

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 04/01/21, 10:15PM CDT

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The Lightning kept the score close for two periods before the Huskies scored five times in the third period.


Andover forward Sara Kaiser (3) tried to deflect an incoming puck while positioned in front of Eastview Lightning goaltender Angie Lombardi in the second period. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Andover girls’ hockey coach Melissa Volk made a rare demand of her players, holding a two-goal lead after two periods, to dig deeper. 

“We needed a little gut check,” said Volk, less concerned with scoring numbers than player effort, though aware the two are typically related.

Andover responded with a defending state champion’s pride, pulling away from Eastview in a 7-0 victory on Thursday in a Class 2A semifinal.

The Huskies earned a championship game rematch with Edina. The two undefeated powers faceoff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. The game features a combined 16 players committed to Division I hockey programs.

“We’ve been excited about playing this game since last year,” Volk said. “It’s finally here.”

Eastview goalie Angie Lombardi did her best to spoil the party. Andover (22-0) outshot the Lightning (16-5-2) by a 37-9 margin through two periods but led only 2-0.
Goals from Madelynn Jurgensen, her 14th of the season, and Madison Brown (18th) built the lead.

Defending state tournament champion Andover posted a 7-0 victory Thursday against Eastview and earned another meeting with Edina in the Class 2A state championship game.

The two undefeated powers faceoff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

Goals from Madelynn Jurgensen, her 14th of the season, and Madison Brown (18th) built a 2-0 lead after two periods.

Madison Clough blasted her 10th goal of the season into the net for a 3-0 Andover lead. Peyton Hemp assisted on the goal, giving her a school record 45 assists this season. And then Hemp, the Class 2A leader in points, scored a goal of her own for a 4-0 Andover lead.

The Huskies outshot the Lightning 47-11. Sophomore goaltender Courtney Stagman earned her 10th shutout of the season.

Andover (22-0) has now outscored its opponents 193-7 this season.

Check back later for more on the game.

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