No. 15 White Bear Lake needed just one goal to take down No. 12 Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday. PHOTO BY BRENNAN SCHACHTNER

No. 15 White Bear Lake’s Gabriel shuts out No. 12 Cretin-Derham Hall,

No. 13 Shakopee’s Huson makes 60 saves in 1-1 tie with No. 3 Rogers

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Once again the Saturday slate did not disappoint as several top 20 teams hit the ice in boys high school hockey. Goalies stole the spotlight on Saturday with No. 15AA White Bear Lake’s Leo Gabriel shutting out No. 12AA Cretin-Derham Hall with a 31-save effort. No. 13AA Shakopee’s Aleksi Huson had 60 saves in their 1-1 tie with No. 3AA Rogers, and No. 1A Hermantown’s Dane Callaway had 25 saves in a 5-0 shut out over No. 16AA Centennial. Here is a look at the action from Saturday from around the state of hockey:

No. 15AA White Bear Lake hosted No. 12AA Cretin-Derham Hall Saturday night in what turned out to be a defensive/goaltending battle with the Bears prevailing 1-0 behind a shutout from Leo Gabriel. White Bear Lake’s lone goal came at 4:22 of the first by Tyler Lalonde with an assist to Dylan Beutow and Kevin Laska. Gabriel closed the door the rest of the way to give the Bears a win and improve them to 4-1-0. Cretin-Derham Hall  fell to 1-2-0. Gabriel finished with 31 saves.

Leo Gabriel stopped all 31 shots he faced to give the Bears a 1-0 win over Cretin-Derham Hall. PHOTO BY BRENNAN SCHACHTNER

While top-ranked Minnetonka had the day off, No. 2AA Wayzata’s 6-2 victory over Andover was compounded not so much by the final score, but the fact the Trojans outshot the Huskies 44-8. The convincing win was another eye opener as to just how deep and talented this Wayzata team is. It took just 10 seconds for Luke Miller to put them up 1-0. Hawke Huff and Brittan Alstead added goals in the first period for a quick 3-0 lead. They escalated their lead to 5-0 on second-period goals by Cade De St. Hubert and Jake Mattson. Andover’s Luke Babineau finally got Andover on board, but Rhys Wallin answered for a 6-1 lead. Cole Jensen scored a late goal for the Huskies. Wallin, Mattson, and Finn and Cade De St. Hubert all finished with two points for the Trojans who improved to 5-0-0 on the season. Andover fell to 2-4-0.

Luke Miller scored 10 seconds in to No. 2 Wayzata’s tilt against No. 8 Andover as the Trojans continued to impress with another decisive win over a top-10 team. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

Speaking of strong goaltending, Aleksi Huson had 60 saves for Shakopee as the No. 13AA Sabres skated to a 1-1 tie with No. 3AA Rogers Saturday. The Royals outshot the Sabres 61-18, including 24-3 in the third period. Shakopee’s Cooper Siegert scored at 10:05 of the first period to give them a 1-0 lead. Rogers’ Brandon Swanson tied it midway through the second period, but that was all the scoring the goaltenders would allow the rest of the game. Rogers clearly tilted the ice throughout the game, but Huson was the star in this one, giving the Sabres a hard-earned tie against a top-5 team in the state. Rogers is now 5-0-1. Shakopee improved to 5-1-1. 

No. 6AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s got a late second-period goal from Junior Podein to give the Red Knights a hard-fought 3-2 win over Stillwater in Stillwater Saturday. Stillwater led 2-1 midway through the second period on goals by Blake Vanek and Carson Kingbay when Benjamin Norris tied it for the Red Knights. Podein then scored the go-ahead goal with just 31 seconds left in the second period. In the third, both goalies held off opposing attacks as the Red Knights continued their winning ways and improved to 4-0-0. Stillwater fell to 0-4-0. The Ponies, to their credit, have had a very tough schedule with all four losses coming against highly ranked teams including Minnetonka, Maple Grove and White Bear Lake. Three of those losses were by two goals or less. 

No. 10AA Rosemount continued their solid play with another win, this time 4-2 over Lakeville North. Josh Toll had two goals and an assist, Hans Hedlund two assists and Christian Garrity a goal and an assist as the Irish outshot the Panthers 41-20. Lakeville’s Caden St. John had a goal and an assist and Drew Thompson also scored for the Panthers. Rosemount improved to 5-1-0. Lakeville North fell to 1-3-0.

Hans Hedlund (left) in action against White Bear lake earlier this season, had two assists in   the Irish’s 4-2 win over Lakeville North.  LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

Three players scored twice as No. 14AA St. Thomas Academy followed up a 4-1 win over Mahtomedi with an 8-1 win over Blake. Jimmy Zavoral, Cole Braunshausen and Micheal Mikan all had a pair of goals as the Cadets improved to 3-2-0. Patch Cronin had three assists and Brody Dietz added a goal and two assists for the Cadets. Oliver Duininck scored the lone goal for the Bears. 

A classic northern match up between two ranked teams from two different classes came together Saturday in Warroad where No. 20AA Grand Rapids traveled to take on the No. 4A Warriors. It was the Warriors who prevailed behind three goals and two assists from senior Carson Pilgrim in a 5-3 win. Taven James scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and improve the Warriors to 5-1-0 on the season. Grand Rapids fell to 4-3. The Thunderhawks outshot the Warriors 29-26. Bauer Murphy, Gavin Forrest and Jacob Garski scored for Grand Rapids. 

Woodbury got goals from five different skaters in a 5-1 win over Irondale. Matthew Tarlton, Max Belak, Joey Lucius, Adam Koreltz and Aiden Grossklaus all scored for the Royals. Grady Springborn scored for Irondale. 

After two scoreless periods, Elk River/Zimmerman scored twice and a late goal by Eli Wensloff wasn’t enough for No. 17AA Roseau as the unranked Elks defeated the Rams 2-1. The Elks outshot the Rams 31-19 and got goals from Kole Mears and Braden Hansberger. Hansberger also assisted on Mears goal. The Elks have now won three straight and are 3-1-0. Roseau falls to 4-2-0.

Valtteri Luhtalampi might have the best hockey name in all of the state of hockey. It turns out he’s pretty good to boot. The junior had a pair of goals as Duluth Denfeld improved to 4-2 with a 3-1 win over No. 5A Orono. The Spartans outshot the Hunters 35-15, but Connor Doyle stood tall with 34 saves. Luhtalampi is among the state’s leaders with 19 points in six games. Teammate John Scott had a goal and an assist and now has 10 goals and seven assists on the young season as the Hunters could be a team to watch in Section 7AA.

No. 5AA Hill-Murray got a hat trick from Caden Zasada, two goals and three assists from Boden Sampair and four assists from Graham Greeder in a 10-0 win over Tartan. 

Pioneers forward Caden Zasada had a hat trick in Hill-Murray’s 10-0 win over Tartan. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

No. 9AA Maple Grove got a hat trick from Logan Lutner as the Crimson defeated Osseo 9-0. Brady Aubut had a goal and two assists and Luke Guiliani and David Kukkonen each added a pair of assists as the Crimson improved to 4-2-0 on the season. They will travel to Coon Rapids on Thursday. 

No. 18AA Eden Prairie overcame a 2-0 deficit to rally and defeat Duluth East 4-2. Mason Moe, Alex Hall, Cole Saterdalen and Dylan Vornwald scored for the Eagles who outshot the Greyhounds 29-12 and improved to 2-1-0. Duluth East fell to 2-6-0.

Moorhead sophomore Brandon Mickelson had three assists in Moorhead’s 6-1 win over Buffalo. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

No. 19AA Moorhead improved to .500 with a 6-1 win over Buffalo Saturday. Carter Midthune had a goal and two assists and Brandon Mickelson had three assists as the Spuds improved to 3-3 on the season. There were six different goal scorers with Brooks Cullen, Parker Gast, Mason Kraft, Aiden Dufault and Carson Kuntz also lighting the lamp for the Spuds. Kai Weigel had 32 saves to earn the win. Buffalo’s Coy Meyer scored their lone goal. 

Moorhead netbinder Kai Weigel had 32 saves to help the Spuds improve to 3-3 on the season. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

Will Wagner had 43 saves and Trenton Thiesen had two goals and an assist to lead Coon Rapids to a 5-2 win over St. Michael-Albertville. Roan Bresnehan added a goal and two assists as the Cardinals improved to 4-1-0.

Eastview got a pair of goals from Billy Downs, Jordan Brothers added a goal and two assists and Max Powers-Brekke and Caleb Nelson each had two assists as the Lightning shut out Farmington. Gabe Otis had 15 saves to earn the shutout. Farmington’s Nick Fuller had 29 saves in the loss. 

Prior Lake scored three goals in the second period to break a 1-1 tie on their way to a 4-2 win over Eagan. Matthew Pavek, Broderick Stephany and Levi Eiter scored in the second period. Parker Wenkus also scored for the Lakers who improved to 2-2-1. Eagan got goals from Cullen O’Leary and Lance Murray who fell to 2-4-0.

Chaska upended Austin 9-0 Saturday to get their first win of the 2023-24 season. Tyler Shmieg had two goals and Ethan Williams had three assists. Ty Smith had a goal and two assists and Tyler Nesheim earned the shutout with 16 saves.

New Prague won a shootout over Hopkins, led by two goals from Brady Egelking to win 7-5.

Four first-period goals led Lakeville South past Apple Valley/Burnsville 5-1. Jackson Ernst had a hat trick and Brayden Olsen and Luke Johnson each had three assists in the win. Goaltender Brooks Currie had 22 saves.

Senior forward Owen Beyer had two goals and two assists to lead Owatonna to a 8-2 win over Faribault as the Huskies improved to 3-0. Beyer now has 11 (5g, 6a) points in three games. Broderick Goodnature and Joe Webster each added a goal and an assist in the win.

Sartell-St. Stephen had staked themselves to a 3-0 lead and senior goalie Noah Hacker held off Bemidji for a 3-2 win. Goals by Devin Jacobs, Owen Oxton and Tony Colatrella gave the Sabres a 3-0 cushion, but Bemidji’s Benjamin O’Leary scored twice in the second period.  Hacker, however, stopped 10 shots in the third period and 35 overall for the game to secure the win and improve the Sabres to 5-0 on the season. They will have a good test come Tuesday when they take on No. 19AA Moorhead who has won their last two games. 

Luke Koschinska and Devon Stifter each had two goals and an assist and Ayden Siddons had a goal and two assists to lead Waconia to a 7-0 win over Bloomington Kennedy. Carson Beckwith had 11 saves to earn the shutout. 

Roseville and East Ridge skated to a 2-2 tie. Chase Zuber scored twice for East Ridge with both goals assisted by Cole Widen. Jovan Fowler and Jake Troska scored for Roseville with Riley Lackner assisting on both goals. East Ridge goalie Zane Lanahan had 36 saves and Roseville’s Dylan Keeley had 29. 

Jannes Kamp had 33 saves and Kaden Feltman scored all three goals in Southwest Christina/Richfield’s 3-0 win over Anoka. Anoka’s Collin Rosenau had 28 saves in the loss. 

Class A

Dane Callaway stopped 25 shots to lead the Hawks to a win over Centennial. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

Current No. 1A Hermantown beat No. 16AA Centennial 5-0 Saturday behind a 25-save shutout by Dane Callaway. Andrew Johnson Jr. had a pair of goals, Weston Bohlman had two assists and Ford Skytta added a goal and an assist in the win to improve the Hawks to 2-0-1 on the season, all against Class AA ranked opponents. They will take on Duluth Marshall Tuesday. Centennial fell to 3-1-1 on the season.

Kam Kaiser had a hat trick and Cayden Monson had a goal and four assists as No. 7A Northfield Saturday in a 7-3 win over Albert Lea in a Section 1A battle.  Kaiser got his first on the night’s opening shift just 27 seconds in. Christian Whiteman made it 2-0 before Albert Lea’s Jacob Kolker got Albert Lea on board to cut the deficit in half by the first buzzer. Goals by Kaiser and Monson in the second gave the Raiders a 4-2 lead after two and they broke it open early in the third with three goals in less than five minutes for a 7-2 lead, the last completing Kaiser’s hat trick giving him a team-leading 11 goals. The trio of Kaiser, Monson and Jake Geiger have scored 21 of the team’s 35 goals. Geiger leads the team with 18 points (6g, 12a), Kaiser has 17 points and Monson 16 (4g, 12a). The Raiders (5-1) will take on No. 10 Monticello (4-1) Tuesday.

East Grand Forks got off to a hot start, but has lost three straight. Above, Braden Overgaard races up ice in a recent game. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

After starting the season 4-0 and earning a No. 1 ranking in Class A, No. 3A East Grand Forks has lost three straight, their latest to No. 9A Cloquet/Esko/Carlton on Saturday, 3-2. The Green Wave outshot the Lumberjacks 35-22, but C/E/C senior netminder Caden Kubis was on his game. The Lumberjacks staked themselves to a 3-0 lead on goals by Jace Stewart, Karson Young and Grady Knutson. East Grand scored a pair of third-period goals 15 seconds apart by Landon Jamieson and Brock Schultz and outshot the Lumberjacks 14-3 in the final frame, but Kubis held on to secure the win. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton improved to 3-1-0 and East Grand Fork s fell to 4-3-0.

Ely improved to 5-2 behind a hat trick from Garrett Rohr and a goal and two assists from Deegan Richards. Ben Leeson added a 23-save effort in goal to secure A 7-1 win over Moose Lake Area.

Waseca’s Hunter Anderson took advantage of a Marshall penalty in overtime to notch the game-winner in a 4-3 win. The Blue Jays trailed 3-2 in the third period when Brayden Hesch-Priem scored a pair of goals, giving him 12 on the season. Talan Plante had a pair of assists for Marshall. Waseca improved to 5-2 and Marshall fell to 3-4 on the season.

Hunter Rigdon had a pair of goals and an assist and Derek Stierlen had three assists as Mankato West downed Winona 5-2 and improved to 2-2-1. Trysten Hagen and John Vail scored for Winona, who fell to 2-3-0. 

No. 11A Hibbing/Chisholm ran into a strong AA opponent in Totino-Grace Saturday had fell 7-3. Totino-Grace got two goals and an assist from both Clayton Derr and Tom Peck. Thomas Quast added a goal and three assists. Ethan Sundvall and Jackson Strukel each had a goal and an assist for Hibbing/Chisholm. Kelin Elsner also had two assists as they fell to 4-4 and Totino-Grace improved to 2-3.


No. 17A Dodge County got two goals and two assists from Gryffon Funke in a 5-2 win over La Crescent-Hokah. Funke is now tied for the state lead in goals with Shakopee’s Cooper Simpson with 13 on the season. Brett Ludvigsen also had two goals and two assists for the Wildcats who improved to 4-2-0. Wyatt Farrell and Noah Gillette each scored for the Lancers who lost their first game and fell to 4-1. Farrell scored his 10th goal and Gillette scored his 11th. 

Proctor improved to 5-2 after scoring four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win over Rochester Mayo. Cooper Johnson, Tanner Ross, Austin Bryant and Carson Pavlowich all scored for the Rails, who outshot Mayo 46-12. Mayo goaltender Mikah Nelson had a strong day in goal with 42 saves. 

Tyler Letendre had two goals and two assists , Jake Stanton two goals and an assists and Luke Milner three assists as Simley defeated St. Thomas Academy 6-3.

Caiden Carpenter broke a 4-4 tie with a late third-period goal to lift Greenway past Red Wing 5-4. Thomas Vekich had a hat trick for the Raiders who earned their first win to improve to 1-4. Red Wing fell to 1-5.

Vinny Cappelleri scored in overtime to give Delano a 4-3 win over Breck. Breck had led 3-2 when Delano scored two third-period goals, including the tying goal by Teague Collings with 1:06 remaining. Andrew Bruett had made it a 3-2 game just two minutes prior after Breck had skated to a 3-1 lead on goals by Garrett Trench, Nate Miller and Paddy Greene. Delano outshot Breck 47-27 in the game. Breck netminder Isaac Nguyen had 43 saves as they fell to 3-2-1. Delano improved to 2-2-0.

Hayden Stensrud had a goal and four assists and Dylan Westerman and Drew Simonette each had three points as Minnesota River upended Worthington 11-4. Worthington got a pair of goals from Dominic Pavelko. Minnesota River improved to 3-1-0.

Junior Gavin Girdler, who had 42 goals and 87 points as a sophomore, scored twice to lead Red Lake Falls past St. Paul Johnson 6-2. Alexander Themmes had a goal and an assist for Johnson.

Peyton Loeslie had a goal and three assists to lead Rochester Lourdes to a 5-1 win over St. Paul Highland Park.

Blake Painovich had a goal and two assists as Pine City Area defeated Mora/Milaca 4-2. Gavin Broz and McCall Leger added a goal and assist each. Trenton Fore scored both goals for Mora/Milaca.