DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune04/01/21, 10:15PM CDT
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
When the Huskies blitzed Eastview for five goals in the third period, Lombardi, who finished with 41 saves, wasn’t to blame.
“Those pucks that went in — no one in the state is stopping those,” Lightning coach Herb Harvey said. Madison Clough blasted her 10th goal of the season for a 3-0 Andover lead. Peyton Hemp assisted on the goal, giving her a school record 45 assists this season. Then Hemp, the Class 2A leader in points, scored a goal of her own for a 4-0 Andover lead.
“She’s a selfless player,” Volk said of Hemp, a Ms. Hockey Award finalist. “She has set these records this season but all she really wants is the team to get a win.”
Sophomore goaltender Courtney Stagman earned her 10th shutout of the season. Andover has outscored its opponents 193-7 this season.
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Thu Apr 01, 2021 @ 8:00p Xcel Energy Center, Class AA Semifinals