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2023 Blue Ox: Friday Live Blog

By YHH Staff, 11/10/23, 8:30AM CST


Box scores, standings, scoring leaders, and pictures as the tournament gets underway in Moorhead.

The Blue Ox's Friday Five

The Connor Schubert Show 

A more diligent soul may comb through Blue Ox records to find the highest number of goals scored in a single game, but for now, we’ll decide that Connor Schubert set a new record on Friday. 

The high-flying forward for Rosemount tickled the twine five times in the Irish’s 6-1 win over the Hibbing-Chisholm squad, including a pure hat trick in the game’s opening period. Schubert finished off his five-spot with a pair of third-period tallies that helped cement the win for the Irish. 

Cinderella lives just west of the Twin Ports…and also near the Canadian border 

Hermantown found itself slotted in the play-in round when brackets were first released to the general public. The Hawks ultimately decided they had little taste to remain on the left side of the map, and edged a talented West Fargo team 4-2 on Friday morning. 

Noah Thurston, Kole Lendzyk, T.J. Wojtysiak, and Beau Christy each notched one goal in the win for the Hawks over the Stampede. 

Friday evening, Hermantown weathered the storm of White Bear Lake, scoring twice after the Bears came within one goal of tying the contest to emerge with an entertaining 6-3 victory. Lendzyk continued his strong Friday with a trio of assists in the Hawks’ win over the No. 4 overall seed. 

On Friday, Warroad did what Warroad does - skate and score. Warroad edged Bismarck 4-3 in a shootout in the morning thanks to Rodrick Jackson’s heroics and then pulled away from Centennial late for a 6-3 win to earn a place in the quarterfinals out of the play-in group. Ricky Rogers was named Player of the Game in game two, scoring a goal and adding an assist while playing a heavy two-way game for three periods. 

Shootouts heighten the Moorhead mood 

Games make heroes, but shootouts make legends. That’s not an opinion - that’s 100% pure, organic, grass-fed fact. 

Rodrick Jackson’s swooping goal gave Warroad a thrilling 4-3 win over Bismarck, which held a 3-2 lead as late in the game as the third period before Warroad’s Gavin Anderson knotted the contest with 11:09 to play. Finn Hanson played the shutdown role for Warroad, snagging the last shootout attempt by the Capitals. 

Mahtomedi added its own magic touch on Friday, battling back from being down 4-1 against a cohesive Fargo Freeze group. The Zephyrs’ Brock Gutterman scored the game-winner in the shootout’s sixth (or seventh) round, squeezing the puck past Fargo’s Domnick Crocker and sending Big Maht to the quarterfinal round. 

Finn Spehar is a dangerous, dangerous man 

With 2:45 to play in regulation, Spehar’s Minnetonka Skippers trailed pesky Rosemount 5-3. With an upset on their collective mind, the Irish withstood charge after charge from the Skippers, with goaltender Drew Sherman routinely turning away and hanging onto a variety of Minnetonka shots. 

Adhering to his coaches’ pleading for shots on goal, Spehar rolled to the top of the Rosemount zone on the power play. In one motion, he loaded the puck, turned, and fired a shot that was tipped past Sherman to pull the Skippers within one. Certainly not enough for Spehar, he would score two more goals with great individual efforts to give the Skippers a 6-5 come-from-behind victory. 

In that final 2:45, Finn Spehar wrote himself into Blue Ox lore, joining the others who have made the tournament with the blue trophy their personal stage.

Leaders emerge in Bantam A Division  

Through one full day of play, three teams have emerged from the crowded Bantam A girls with spotless 2-0 records in pool play.

In Pool A, Osseo-Maple Grove topped West Fargo 6-1 and Blaine 3-1, thanks largely to the offensive output of Gavin Ronnie, Aiden Carrithers, and Kaleb Schlotz. The trio recorded six goals, with each player scoring twice on Friday. Grand Forks Blue is also 2-0 after Friday’s slate, eking out a 4-3 win over Blaine and a 6-2 win over West Fargo, setting up a highly anticipated showdown with Osseo-Maple Grove on Saturday morning. Ryne Richeau led the Aviators in scoring with four goals and five points on the day. 

The third 2-0 team is White Bear Lake, which blanked Pool B foes Moorhead and Grand Forks Red by identical 2-0 scores. Hank Stuemke scored twice in the Bears’ win over Moorhead, while Wyatt Raleigh and William Connors each scored once in the win over Grand Forks Red. Goaltenders TJ Neill and Jack Wegleightner were dynamite between the pipes today for White Bear Lake.

Blue Ox Bantam AA Friday Box Scores

Bantam AA Morning Session

Ryan Colleran had a pair of assists in CC's win Friday AM against Rogers

Fargo scores two late to get the first win of the Blue Ox.

East Grand Forks bears down to defeat Lakeville North Friday morning.

Beau Christy had a goal and an assist in Hermantown's win Friday AM

Finn Hanson shuts the door on all three Bismarck shooters in the shootout to push Warroad to the win.

Ryan Bartl saves this goal from going in, as Rosemount beats Hibbing-Chisholm.

Ryan Bartl saves this goal from going in, as Rosemount beats Hibbing-Chisholm.

There's a lot to celebrate for the Bengals as they move on to the next round.

Jacob Thomas rips one home to help the Lakers get a convincing win 10-3 over Andover.

Blue Ox Bantam AA Black Bracket Afternoon Session

Wyatt Cullen nabs two goals and an assist to help the Spuds cruise to a 5-0 win.

What a game. Mahtomedi pulls it away in the shootout to beat Fargo 5-4.

Ethan Wise scores for the Hawks to help the advance against White Bear Lake.

Camden Langfeld celebrates through the line as Andover beats Fargo Angels

Jack Larkin scores two and gets the game winner for West Fargo.

Finn Spehar has ice in his veins and helps the Skippers come back to beat Rosemount 5-4.

The Ponies move on to the next round after beating East Grand Forks Friday night.

Brock Alford gets the shutout to help the Trojans beat the Bengals 2-0.

Blue Ox Bantam AA Scoring Leaders

Blue Ox Bantam A Box Scores

Ryan Richau had two goals and an assist for GF Blue Friday AM

Gavin Ronia had a goal and an assist for OMG in their Friday AM win over West Fargo

Hank Stuemke scores two goals to lead the Bears to a 2-0 win over the Spuds.

Caleb Ronning and Benjamin Butchert jump and celebrate a goal in Minnetonka's win.

Detroit Lakes' goalie Noah Germain stymied Stillwater with a 17 save shoutout Friday

OMG beats a resilient Blaine team 3-1 Friday afternoon.

OMG beats a resilient Blaine team 3-1 Friday afternoon.

The Blues go 2-0 on the day Friday. Thor Seeger had a pair of goals and an assist in the win

Moohead puts up four goals to beat the Cougars Friday evening.

Wyatt Raleigh scores for the Bears to get the game winner late.

Blue Ox Bantam A Standings

Blue Ox Bantam A Scoring Leaders

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