The was abuzz with hockey activity on Saturday as both the Spartans boys and girls varsity teams hosted back-to-back non-conference matchups.
Richfield Boys Get Big Win
It was a productive day for the Richfield boys, who on the season with a 6-1 defeat of St. Paul Academy/Mounds Park Academy in their home opener.
Spartans forward Grant Bischof opened the scoring at 6:23 of the first period before forward Tyler Martinez boosted Richfield's advantage to 2-0 with another goal at 14:07.
The game was on in the second period as forward Tim Harris scored at 5:59, followed by another Martinez score at 8:20 and a third goal coming from forward Jon Hauri at 15:16 to give Richfield a 5-0 lead heading into the third period.
St. Paul Academy/Mounds Park Academy avoided a shutout with a goal at 10:16, but Richfield forward Mick Dhein recorded the last goal of the game at 11:05 to bring the score to its eventual 6-1 count.
Spartans goaltender Jon McGinness made 13 saves in the game to earn his second victory of the year.
Next up for Richfield is a trip to the State Fairgrounds Coliseum on Tuesday to take on St. Paul Como Park at 8 p.m.
Spartan Girls Claim Second Tie of the Season
A sleepy 2-1 game after two periods turned into a score-fest with a five-goal final frame as the Richfield girls got their with a 4-4 result against visiting St. Louis Park.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first period and held the edge until Spartans forward Kalie Johnson scored at 14:51 to briefly even the score before St. Louis Park scored its second goal at 15:26.
Richfield found itself down 3-1 at the 3:33 mark of the third period before forwards Miranda Matuke and Holly Chapin scored at 10:08 and 10:40, repectively, to even the score at 3-3.
Johnson's second goal of the night at 14:31 gave Richfield its first lead of the night, but it would not last as the Orioles scored with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, the game ended as a tie.
Richfield goaltender Rebecca Hendrickson made 34 saves in the game, while her teammates put 44 shots on the St. Louis Park net.
The Spartans improved to 0-5-2 on the year and will head to New Hope Ice Arena on Tuesday to play Cooper/Heritage/Providence at 7 p.m.