Moore’s two goals against Skippers not enough for boys’ hockey

Matt Muenzberg, Sports Editor

Although it was in a losing effort, the boys’ hockey team proved that they could play with the state’s best teams when they lost 5-3 to Minnetonka on Thursday, Jan. 12, in a hostile environment at the Pagel Activity Center. BSM junior forward Tj Moore and Minnetonka senior forward Erik Baskin both lit up the scoreboard, scoring two goals a piece, but it was junior forward Tommy Vannelli who had the game winning goal for the Skippers less than a minute after the Red Knights tied it up. Streaking down the right wing half-way through the final frame, Vannelli fired a blast from the top of the circle, sneaking it past junior goalie Justin Quale’s left pad. Quale had 32 saves on the night. The loss nearly guarantees that the Red Knights will not get the top seed in next month’s section tournament, but a win against Wayzata on Monday, Feb. 6, would likely give them the second or third seed.