Top-ranked Duluth East brought it’s high-flying game to Isanti for the Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey home opener Dec. 1. The Greyhounds broke out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Jackets did a good job limiting damage the rest of the way in the 5-0 East victory.
Greyhound senior Dom Toninato and junior Ryan Lundgren both scored two goals in the opening period, with Toninato’s first coming short handed 3:36 into action. Senior Jake Randolph added the team’s final goal five minutes into the third period after the Jackets held East scoreless in the second stanza.
On Saturday, Duluth Denfeld slipped past the Jackets 3-2 when Alex Thompson scored on the power play with 19 seconds left in regulation. Ryan Epsen got C-I on the board in the second period, and Brennan Osen’s goal tied it midway through the third.
“The biggest key to the both games was we got outstanding goal tending from Jared Knutson. He was a rock back there, and the team rallied in front of him and played well in the defensive zone. We gave up a lot of shots, but a lot came from outside and the team did good clearing the rebounds and were physical in every zone,” said C-I Coach Chad Carlson. “In the Denfeld game, the boys really battled and fought to tie the game twice only to have a heartbreaking goal get scored late in regulation.”