River Hawks beat Bluejacket girls

North Wright County remained in control of Mississippi 8 girls hockey with a 7-1 win over Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City Jan. 10. Shelby Slylvester had the Jackets leading 1-0 late in the first period, but the River Hawks put up a five-pack in the second.

Coach Jeff McCann: “We once again started out the game with a strong first period.  We were moving our feet and getting strong goaltending.  Shelby Sylvester got a nice feed from Alex Nelson and got us on the board first with a nice backhand upper corner shot.  In the second period we got away from our systems, and it cost us on the scoreboard.  They were a fast team, good with the puck and were able to get past our D a few times and also scored on a couple of soft goals. I sure liked the way the girls finished strong in the third.  We got back to what we do well by moving our feet and out-working the opponent.”

CIMPC 2, St. Francis 2

In a rivalry home match with the Saints Jan. 7, Holly Guerin put the Jackets on the board with a second-period goal. The Saints rallied to take the lead, but Carly Armstrong scored the tying goal with 1:10 left in regulation.

“Scoring that late goal was big for us because this was a game against a Section 7AA team where we are battling hard to get one of the top four seeds in section playoffs,” commented CIMPC Coach Jeff McCann.

M-8 Girls Hockey

North Wright Co. 3-0, 10-6-1; Buffalo 2-1, 8-5-2; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 2-2, 7-9-1; Rogers 1-3, 11-5-2; Princeton 0-2, 8-9.

Jacket boys beat Panthers

The Bluejackets upped their overall record to 4-8 with a 6-2 non-conference win over the Panthers Jan. 7. Cody Horbacz scored twice in the first period, and Peter Storlie scored twice in the second period for the Bluejackets to help create a 4-1 lead. Adding Jacket goals in the victory were Elliott Simon and Matt Derby.

Rogers 4, C-I 2

The Bluejackets dropped their M-8 Conference opener to the visiting Royals Jan. 5. Rogers led 3-0 before C-I’s Jordan Locken scored with two minutes remaining in the second period. Locken added a second goal two minutes after the Royals upped their lead to 4-1 early in the third period. Jared Knutson made 35 saves in the Bluejacket net.

• On Jan. 10, Champlin Park defeated C-I 8-1. Skye Hunt-Schuft got the Jackets’ lone goal.

M-8 Boys Hockey

Rogers 2-0, 7-5; Buffalo 2-1, 5-8; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 8-4; Monticello-AML 1-2, 3-10-1; Becker 0-1, 5-6; Cambridge-Isanti 0-1, 4-9.