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Andover holds off league foe Maple Grove to remain undefeated

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 12/04/18, 12:30PM CST

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With the win, the Huskies took sole possession of first place in the Northwest Suburban Conference.

Andover's Kennedy Little (13) skates the puck into the offensive zone. The Huskies remain undefeated with a 2-1 win over the Crimson on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Andover's Kennedy Little (13) skates the puck into the offensive zone. The Huskies remain undefeated with a 2-1 win over the Crimson on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Gabby Krause (18) pulls the puck out of traffic in front of the Huskies' net. Krause, with assists from Jamie Nelson and Peyton Hemp, put Andover up by two early in the second period. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Gabby Krause (18) pulls the puck out of traffic in front of the Huskies' net. Krause, with assists from Jamie Nelson and Peyton Hemp, put Andover up by two early in the second period. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Andover, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, kept its perfect record intact, beating an opponent that also came into the night undefeated.

The Huskies defeated Maple Grove 2-1 Tuesday night at the Andover Community Center in a clash between Northwest Suburban Conference rivals. Andover (7-0, 3-0) scored early in the first and second periods before the Crimson (5-1, 2-1) added a late, short-handed tally (their first of the season) from junior Chloe Corbin with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining in regulation.

“Maple Grove is a great team,” said Andover coach Melissa Volk. “So I was very proud of our girls to have a good win.”

There’s a similar script for the Huskies this season — a young team with a dominant top line. They only graduated two seniors from last year and have three seniors listed on the roster for 2018-19, including goaltender Cassidy Stumo.

Last season, Peyton Hemp and Jamie Nelson were paired on the top line with Claire Butorac, who’s now a freshman at Minnesota State Mankato. Butorac, Nelson and Hemp tallied a total of 167 points in last year’s regular season. How impressive is that number? The rest of the roster — combined — registered 135 points.

First Report

Andover, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, kept its perfect record alive, beating an opponent that also came into the night undefeated.

Andover defeated Maple Grove  2-1 Tuesday night at the Andover Community Center in a contest between Northwest Suburban Conference rivals. The Huskies (7-0, 3-0) scored early in the first and second periods with goals from Kennedy Little and Gabby Krause before the Crimson (5-1, 2-1) added a late, short-handed tally off the stick of Chloe Corbin with 1 minute, 7 seconds remaining in regulation.

The win puts Andover in first place of the conference, breaking a three-way tie with No. 8-2A Maple Grove and Elk River/Zimmerman.

In goal for the Huskies, senior Cassidy Stumo made 16 saves. Senior Lucy Morgan stopped 33 shots for the Crimson.

Maple Grove goaltender Lucy Morgan stretches for the save. Morgan tallied 33 saves in the Crimson's 2-1 conference win over the Huskies. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Maple Grove goaltender Lucy Morgan stretches for the save. Morgan tallied 33 saves in the Crimson's 2-1 conference win over the Huskies. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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