State girls hockey: Andover two wins from Class 2A repeat

As the numbers continue to astound, Andover’s important digit is now two.

That’s how many more wins the Huskies need to repeat as Class 2A state girls’ hockey champions.

The goal-scoring, lockdown-defense machine continued to hum on most cylinders in Saturday’s state quarterfinals, as Andover beat Farmington 4-0 at the Xcel Energy Center.

“They did a good job of just doing what they needed to do to win. I think we got a little bit more in the tank,” said coach Melissa Volk.

Ella Boerger scored twice and Grace Berg and Sara Kaiser once for the top-seeded Huskies (21-0-0), who will play in the semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m.
Joslin Mumm and Peyton Hemp each had two assists.

Hemp, a Ms. Hockey finalist, is aware of the target on Andover.

“We take it as a challenge. We think it’s a good thing because we get everyone’s best and it’s super fun and competitive. It’s a little more pressure, but, yeah, we can play up to it,” she said.

Courtney Stagman made a mere six saves for Andover, which has allowed just seven — yes, seven — goals this season and blanked 15 opponents.
Stagman set the tone less than 30 seconds in, thwarting a Tiger low in the slot.

“It gave us a good momentum boost,” Hemp said. “She saved us a little bit on that one, and I think she’s been playing super cool and confident. We’re super grateful to be able to have her back there.”

Hustle by Hemp led to the first goal 3:42 in as she outraced a defender to a loose puck below the goal line, crossed behind the net and centered to Boerger alone for a one-timer in front.

Three minutes later, a perfectly executed zone breakout went from Gabby Krause to Hemp to Boerger behind a pair of defenders. A deke later it was 2-0 Huskies.

“That was beautiful. The girls just move the puck so well and they play so selflessly. It’s just fun to watch,” Volk said.

Hemp leads the team with 33 goals and 44 assists, Krause is second in assists (35) and points (59) and Boerger, a sophomore, has 27 goals and 28 assists.

The youngster has fit right in centering the two seniors.

“She can keep up speed-wise with them and score goals and execute, but can also play a really good defensive game,” Volk said.

“It’s awesome to have her on our line,” Hemp added.

Dominating in both ends, Andover had as many second-period goals as Farmington (11-9-1) had shots, both coming before the Tigers put a puck on net.

A low shot from Berg went through traffic for a 3-0 lead, before a slick centering pass from Madison Brown set up Kaiser for an easy goal at 6:28.

Farmington had one shot in the final 17 minutes but came close a couple times to get on the board. Sadie Long’s attempted conversion of a feed from Liv Helleson hit a defender during a power play, and Helleson’s shot went just wide on a breakaway.

Ryleigh Furlong had 26 saves for the Tigers.

MINNETONKA 2 / ALEXANDRIA 1 (2OT)

Kayley Crawford scored 2:36 into the second overtime and third-seeded Minnetonka beat Alexandria 2-1.

The Skippers (16-3-3) are scheduled to face Edina (20-0-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. Edina advanced without playing because Centennial was sidelined with coronavirus issues.

Ella Westlund forced overtime by scoring on a rebound with 13.3 seconds left in regulation for unseeded Alexandra (14-5-2).

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