Stella Retrum (10) shoots for Maple Grove, scoring a goal for the Crimson in the second period. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
Maple Grove top-line forwards Stella Retrum and Bella Shipley set a goal for themselves this season, something a little less obvious than win a state championship, which is no doubt on the table, too.
“Me and Bella decided that we want to break the school record for most shorthanded goals in a season,” Retrum said. “So we’re starting with one.”
That one came only 52 seconds into the second period in their third game of the season Tuesday night at Blake School Ice Arena. In a 1-1 game with the Crimson on the penalty kill for a full two minutes to start the middle period, Shipley, a junior committed to Minnesota State Mankato, chipped the puck out of the defensive zone to a streaking Retrum at center ice.
Retrum, a senior headed for Penn State next season, was off to the races on the breakaway and fired the puck five-hole for a 2-1 lead the Crimson (3-0), ranked No. 5 in Class 2A in a Let’s Play Hockey poll, didn’t give up in the eventual 6-1 victory over the Bears (2-3), ranked No. 8-2A.
Ella Olson (3) of Maple Grove, fights for possession of the puck with Blake's Remy Abraham (4) in the Crimson's zone. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
Blake scored first, but once Maple Grove’s Pim Wilhelmy tied the game in the final minute of the first period, the floodgates opened.
The Crimson (3-0), ranked No. 5 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, scored four second-period goals on their way to a 6-1 victory over No. 8-1A Blake on Tuesday night at Blake School Ice Arena. Three of the Crimson goals came off special-teams play, going 2-for-2 on the power play after a shorthanded goal.
Maple Grove senior Stella Retrum bookended the second period with goals, first with a shorthanded breakaway 52 seconds into the middle frame, and then grabbing a bouncing puck on the side of the crease with under six minutes left in the period.
The two teams last met on a Tuesday evening one year ago at Maple Grove, with similar results. The Crimson won that matchup 6-2, with a three-goal second period and a pair of empty-netters. Retrum also scored a pair of goals – including one shorthanded – that night.
In goal, Maple Grove junior Dani Strom made 34 saves. The first-period goal to give Blake a 1-0 lead was the first goal Strom surrendered in the first three games this season. For the Bears (2-3), senior Abby Ziehl started in net, allowing the first four Maple Grove goals and made 11 saves. Once it was 4-1 in the second period, freshman Janie McGawn played the rest of the way and allowing two goals and making 12 saves.
Suzy Higuchi (7) battles for the puck for Blake in the first period. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
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