Notebook: Armstrong cruises in match-up with Cooper

The Hockey Day Minnesota fever stretched into the New Hope Ice Arena Jan. 19, albeit briefly.

Armstrong wasted little time taking any doubt out of its meeting with inter-district rival Cooper, cruising to a 13-1 victory over the Hawks.

Ben Hansen and Tommy Wood both had a hat trick for Armstrong, Blake Babineau had a goal and three assists and Shea Borer dished out three assists of his own.

Alex Stager scored the lone goal for Cooper at 12:25 of the first, but by then, it was already 4-0 in favor of the Falcons.

Hansen scored his first just 3:51 after the opening face-off. Brady Johnson made it 2-0 at the 5:04 mark. Babineau and Wood cashed in on power play chances later in the period. Armstrong would add four more in the second and then five in the third to go on and win by a dozen.

Falcons extend streak

The Armstrong boys basketball team has quietly put together an impressive stretch.

The Falcons won two more games last week with a pair of three-point road victories over No. 8 Elk River and Anoka to extend their hot streak to seven wins in their eight games.

This week, Armstrong was scheduled to play host to Blaine Jan. 22 before heading to Andover for a 7 p.m. tip-off against the Huskies Friday, Jan. 25.

A/C girls stay hot 

The Armstrong/Cooper girls hockey team won two more games last week, running their record to 14-6-2 with three games remaining in the regular season.

A/C opened the week with a 3-2 victory at Centennial Jan. 15. Mari Verbetten scored the game-winner and Emma Terres and Marissa Odell added one each.

The girls also skated to a 5-2 victory over Coon Rapids Jan. 19. Holly Enderle had a hat trick in the victory.

Leaders keep pace

The second-half of the Northwest Suburban Conference boys basketball season starts this week, and on top at least, not much has changed since early in the season.

Park Center (9-0) and Osseo (8-1) remain out front. Maple Grove (7-2) is next, followed by Champlin Park (6-3) and Elk River (6-3).

The Pirates stayed on top by beating Andover 97-71 Jan. 15. Osseo kept pace by thumping Coon Rapids 82-30 Jan. 18.

Rebels rough up Blaine

The Champlin Park basketball teams spent their Jan. 15 taking out some frustrations on Blaine.

Over at Blaine that night, the Rebel boys built a 51-24 halftime advantage on their way to a 91-52 victory. Back at Champlin Park, the girls were just as ruthless, taking a 46-9 lead into the half en route to what would be a 62-24 victory.