It was, cold, rainy, windy and a bit snowy Monday night but it didn’t stop Matt Harkema from scoring six goals and Brody Ilstrup added five to lead the host St. Louis Park Orioles to a 16-6 win over the Tri-Mac Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are comprised of students from Minnehaha Academy, DeLaSalle, St. Paul Academy, St. Croix Lutheran, St. Agnes and Concordia Academy-Roseville.
Monday’s win was also the first home win for the Orioles since joining Minnesota State High School League competition.
Now to the game. It was the Blackhawks who tallied early as Josh Galakowski scored the first two goals in a span of 1:19. The fist came :18 into the first quarter, the second came 1:11 later. The Orioles would cut the lead to one on Ilstrup’s first goal. They would tie the game on Harkema’s 25 yard shot that entered the net. Galakowski picked up the hat trick to give Tri-Mac the lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter turned out to be a showcase for Harkema as he scored three consecutive goals. The first came following a pass from Ilstrup into the center slot, the second came on a pass from Robert Roethler and the third came on a shot that was faster than the train that went through the railroad crossings near the stadium. It wasn’t an All-Harkema quarter for St. Louis Park. Jack Hermes would score from the right side, Jack Breyak made an inside pass to Ilstrup that resulted in a goal and Roethler went down the left side and scored with :43 remaining. The Orioles scored six unanswered goals to take an 8-3 halftime lead.
St. Louis Park’s scoring attack picked up where it left off in the third quarter. Jackson Lochan scored from the right side of the net and Breyak would score :39 later. Harkema would score another goal from the 25 yard line and Ilstrup would tally twice to put the Orioles ahead 13-3.
Ilstrup would score his fifth goal to open the fourth quarter scoring. The Orioles scoring streak would end at 12 on a center slot goal from the Blackhawks Number 23. Please note, the game program did not include the Tri-Mac roster so The Examiner (also the PA announcer) had to scramble for names and numbers. Both teams would score two more goals. Tri-Mac’s goals were from Glayan and Galakowski and St. Louis Park’s goals were Harkema and Cameron Brill. It was the first goal of Brill’s varsity career.
The Orioles were also short-handed in goal with Colin Monicatti ill and Benji Wyberg out of town so Rhett Piper was chosen by head coach Kevin Reed to mind the net.
St. Louis Park improved their record to 2-2 and travels down Highway 7 to Hutchinson on Tuesday, April 21 to take on the Tigers at 6:30. TriMac fell to 0-3 and will return to action also on the 21st as they head to Richfield to face the Holy Angels Stars at 6 PM.