C-I boys beat rival Saints 5-3

HOCKEY: Buffalo beats CIMPC girls 3-1

Cambridge-Isanti cracked the boys hockey win column at a good time, skating past host St. Francis 5-3 Dec. 8. The victory snapped a two-game loss streak to the Saints over the past two seasons.

Skye Hunt-Schuft got things started with an unassisted goal 2:58 into the game at the East Bethel Arena. Six minutes later, T.J. Pagel scored off passes from Jon Dummer and Mitch Renstrom.

Early in the second period, Hunt-Schuft netted his second goal to make it 3-0, but the Saints countered with two scores to keep things tight going into the third. C-I then lit the lamp twice on the power play to create a three-goal edge again, with Colton Miller and Brennan Osen scoring. Peter Storlie finished with a team-high two assists in the win, and Jared Knutson closed with 30 saves.

• On Dec. 13, section partner Cloquet rolled to a 12-3 victory over the host Bluejackets (1-3 overall).

Buffalo 3, CIMPC Girls 1

In the Bluejackets’ Mississippi 8 opener on the road Dec. 13, Kaity Ripp scored late in the second period to put Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City ahead 1-0.

But the Bison girls answered just 11 seconds later, then they netted two goals in the third for the 3-1 victory. Jessie Benson made 29 saves in the nets for the Bluejackets who finished with 26 shots on the Bison goalie.

North Wright County opened the season with the early lead in the M-8 after downing Rogers 4-3 that same evening.

N. Metro 3, CIMPC Girls 1

Host North Metro led 2-0 after two periods before CIMPC’s Holly Guerin scored on the power play 4:28 into the third period. The Stars answered back with their own power play goal four minutes later and held for the non-conference victory. AJ. Smith finished with 14 saves for the Bluejackets.

“This was a good, fast, up-and-down high school hockey game.  We were able to generate many good scoring chances but couldn’t crack their goalie,” described CIMPC Coach Jeff McCann.  “This was a tough one because the girls worked their tails off all three periods. We can’t ask for much more than the effort they gave us, so we have to keep our heads high and if they keep their minds to working like this, good things will come.”

The Bluejackets’ next conference game will be against rival Princeton at the Mora Arena Tuesday, Dec. 20.

M-8 Girls Hockey

North Wright Co. 2-0, 6-3; Buffalo 2-1, 4-3-1; Princeton 0-0, 6-5; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-1, 5-6; Rogers 0-2, 5-3-1.