The Cougars are headed to state...again!
Lakeville South scored twice in the third period to force overtime, setting the stage for Cade Ahrenholz's heroics in the extra session, sending the Cougars back to the Class AA State Tournament.
Griffin Wise and Chase Feriermuth each scored once in the first period for Hastings, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead they would hold until the final 10 minutes of the game. Jack Malinski pulled Lakeville South within one at 2-1 with a power play goal at the 6:23 mark of the third, and Cam Boche tied the game with 3:26 left in regulation.
Hastings goaltender Tyler McCarville turned in a spectacular performance, stopping 46 of 49 shots from Lakeville South.
|Team||Period 1||Period 2||Period 3||OT||Final|
|1st Period||HASTINGS||06:21:00||#27 Griffin Wise (even strength) (#8 Jake Harris)|
|1st Period||HASTINGS||15:06:00||#11 Chase Freiermuth (even strength)|
|3rd Period||LVS||06:23:00||#21 Jack Malinski (power play) (#14 Jack Novak, #3 Griffin Ludtke)|
|3rd Period||LVS||13:34:00||#9 Cam Boche (even strength) (#3 Griffin Ludtke, #21 Jack Malinski)|
|Overtime||LVS||02:13:00||#19 Cade Ahrenholz (power play) (#14 Jack Novak)|
Tyler McCarville stood tall for the Raiders, stopping 47 of 50 shots Thursday
Will Soderling had a big goal for the Cadets Thursday
|Team||Peried 1||Period 2||Period 3||Total|
|2nd Period||4:31||St. Thomas Academy||#14 Will Soderling (even strength) (#3 Nick Owens)|
|3rd Period||15:26||St. Thomas Academy||#6 Connor O'Brien (even strength) (empty net) (#5 McClain Beaudette)|
Tommy Aitken stopped all 29 shots Thursday to lead the 5 seed Cadets to state.
Chris Kernan celebrates his goal Thursday as the Crimson are headed back to state!
Despite being outshot 45-28, Maple Grove scored once in each period to thwart Blaine 3-0 at Aldrich Arena, doing so without injured captain and emotional leader Kyle Kukkonen.
Henry Nelson tallied a power play goal in the first period, while Josh Giuliani and Chris Kernan scored in the second and third stanzas, respectively. Sam Jacobs dished out two assists in the win for the Crimson, and Jack Wieneke stopped all 45 shots he faced to earn the shutout of the Bengals.
|1st Period||Maple Grove||13:13||#12 Henry Nelson (power play) (#21 Sam Jacobs, #16 Ethan Elias)|
|2nd Period||Maple Grove||2:00||#19 Joshua Giuliani (even strength) (#37 Landen Gunderson, #22 Cal Thomas)|
|3rd Period||Maple Grove||9:49||#27 Chris Kernan (even strength) (#21 Sam Jacobs, #12 Henry Nelson)|
Jack Wieneke stopped all 45 Blaine shots Thursday for the Crimson
Huskies are headed to state for the first time!
Luke Kron and Gunnar Thoreson each scored two goals to lead Andover to a dominant win over underdog Elk River in Duluth.
Garrett Schifsky and Thoreson each scored in the first period for the Huskies before the section No. 1 seed broke the game open in the second with six goals. Austen Humphrey scored late in the third period for the Elks' lone goal of the loss.
Mr. Hockey finalist Wyatt Kaiser, Garrett Schifsky, Kron, and Thoreson all recorded three points in the win for Andover.
The win sends the Huskies to their first appearance in the Class AA State Tournament.
|1st Period||Andover||1:13||#17 Garrett Schifsky (even strength) (#12 Gunnar Thoreson)|
|1st Period||Andover||4:51||#12 Gunnar Thoreson (even strength) (#17 Garrett Schifsky, #5 Wyatt Kaiser)|
|2nd Period||Andover||:45||#7 Luke Kron (even strength) (#11 Hunter Jones)|
|2nd Period||Andover||4:48||#7 Luke Kron (even strength) (#17 Garrett Schifsky)|
|2nd Period||Andover||6:02||#21 Harrison VanderMey (even strength) (#11 Hunter Jones, #7 Luke Kron)|
|2nd Period||Andover||8:36||#12 Gunnar Thoreson (even strength) (#21 Harrison VanderMey, #5 Wyatt Kaiser)|
|2nd Period||Andover||10:18||#29 Hayden Masloski (even strength) (#5 Wyatt Kaiser)|
|2nd Period||Andover||13:34||#3 Nate Bauer (even strength) (#29 Hayden Masloski)|
|3rd Period||Elk River||13:26||#10 Austen Humphrey (power play) (#21 Blake Johnson, #14 Cayden Casey)|
Delano leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Gunnar Paulson and Michael Weber, but the lead only lasted until early in the second period.
Noah Weisjohn scored the first goal for the Wings, followed by a Ben Anderson goal at the 2:47 mark of the third period to force overtime and a subsequent second OT.
After a resurface between extra seasons, Delano's Jesse Peterson ended the game with a goal midway through the second overtime. Delano goaltender Cade Lommel stopped 35 of 37 shots by the Wings.
|1st Period||Delano||4:58||#12 Gunnar Paulson (even strength) (#11 Jesse Peterson, #18 Trevor Oja)|
|1st Period||Delano||9:43||#27 Michael Weber (even strength)|
|2nd Period||Armstrong/Cooper||4:40||#9 Noah Weisjahn (even strength) (#7 Matt Campion , #6 Ben Anderson )|
|3rd Period||Armstrong/Cooper||2:47||#6 Ben Anderson (even strength) (#9 Noah Weisjahn)|
|OT2||Delano||8:30||#11 Jesse Peterson (even strength) (#13 Adam Brown)|
Pine City had the hot hand Thursday, but it wasn't enough
In arguably the most entertaining game of the evening, Monticello topped Pine City Area 6-4 to advance to its third Class A State Tournament appearance in four years.
Jacob Pederson and Jacob Sorensen scored first to put Monticello ahead 2-0 in the first period, but Pine City Area's Dusty Bergstrom sliced the Moose's lead in half, a recurring theme of the contest.
Pine City Area would take a 3-2 lead on goals by Gabe Westbrook and Peyton Smetana after Jeffrey Henrikson had extended the Moose advantage to 3-1. Sorensen, Henrikson, and Hunter Hinz all scored in the third to put the game away for Monticello, while Justin Gamec scored the lone goal fo the period for the Dragons.
|1st Period||Monticello||10:55||#17 Jacob Pederson (even strength) (#9 Huntley Hinz)|
|1st Period||Monticello||13:00||#10 Jacob Sorensen (even strength)|
|1st Period||Pine City||15:49||#13 Dusty Bergstrom (even strength) (#2 George Miller)|
|2nd Period||Monticello||7:20||#5 Jeffrey Henrikson (power play) (#11 Brian Cornelius)|
|2nd Period||Pine City||7:59||#9 Gabe Westbrook (even strength)|
|2nd Period||Pine City||10:31||#88 Peyton Smetana (even strength) (#12 Luke Fabini)|
|3rd Period||Monticello||4:15||#10 Jacob Sorensen (even strength)|
|3rd Period||Pine City||15:45||#16 Justin Gamec (power play) (#9 Gabe Westbrook, #4 Parker Sell)|
|3rd Period||Monticello||15:59||#9 Huntley Hinz (even strength) (#11 Brian Cornelius)|
|3rd Period||Monticello||16:41||#5 Jeffrey Henrikson (even strength) (empty net)|
The Moose had a lot to celebrate Thursday after they clinched a berth to state in Blaine
The Crusaders cruised Thursday
The outcome of the Section 6A final was only in doubt for 36 seconds, as St. Cloud Cathedral standout Jack Smith put the Crusaders up 1-0 at that point and from there the game spiraled out of control.
The Crusaders held the Cardinals to two shots in the first period and 14 for the game as Smith scored three more times for a game total of four goals to lead all skaters. Mr. Hockey finalist Blake Perbix handed out three assists for St. Cloud Cathedral, and three other players finished with two points each.
Joe Westlund scored the lone goal of the loss for the Cardinals.
|1st Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||:36||#20 Jack Smith (even strength) (#4 Jon Bell, #8 Nate Warner)|
|1st Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||1:27||#20 Jack Smith (even strength)|
|1st Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||16:03||#18 Mack Motzko (even strength) (#11 Ethan Cumming, #5 Nolan Widman)|
|2nd Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||12:18||#20 Jack Smith (even strength) (#11 Ethan Cumming, #27 Blake Perbix)|
|2nd Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||12:44||#8 Nate Warner (even strength) (#27 Blake Perbix)|
|2nd Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||14:01||#20 Jack Smith (even strength) (#27 Blake Perbix)|
|2nd Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||14:37||#18 Mack Motzko (even strength)|
|3rd Period||St. Cloud Cathedral||4:32||#10 Marcus Hjort (even strength) (#22 Bradyn Balfanz)|
|3rd Period||Alexandria||5:27||#10 Joe Westlund (even strength)|
Jack Smith scored four for the Crusaders Thursday
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