White Bear Lake’s Nolan Red had two goals for the Bears, including a game-tying short handed goal and the go-ahead goal. Above he faces off against Hill-Murray captain Jude Bonin. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

Late Pioneer goal leads to deadlock against rival Bears

No. 7AA Hill-Murray and No. 11AA White Bear Lake have been battling for section supremacy for three decades. The Pioneers have have won 17 of the past 25 section titles and in that span have also taken home two state titles.

The Bears are looking to knock the Pioneers off their section stoop and on Saturday were up 3-2 late in the game before a goal by Casper Lang with just six seconds remaining to tie it 3-3.  That’s how it ended as neither team could score in the extra frame despite having chances.

After a scoreless first period Jackson Reeves got the Pioneers on the board four minutes into the second period, assisted by Lucas Mann. White Bear Lake’s Dylan Beutow answered eight minutes later with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Vinnie Villella and Will Distad.

Caden Zasada finished out scoring in the second to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. It was the freshman’s fifth goal and assisted by Cullen Ingebritson.

Hill-Murray’s Caden Zasada ties up White Bear Lake’s Noah Norman in the Section 4AA battle that ended in a 3-3 tie Saturday. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

White Bear Lake senior star Nolan Roed took over in the third, however, scoring a short-handed goal midway through the period to tie it and then putting the Bears up 3-2 with just over six minutes remaining. Reed has 14 goals on the season. It stayed that way until Lang was able to bury the equalizer with six seconds left. Lucas Mann and Zasada assisted on the late tally.

Hill-Murray won the shots battle 43-28. White Bear Lake’s Leo Gabriel had 40 saves as he continues to shone between the pipes for the Bears. Andrew Lane had 25 saves for the Pioneers including six on overtime.

Hill-Murray is now 4-1-2 and will play Champlin Park (5-3-1) at the Premiere Holiday Classic in St. Louis Park Wednesday and follow up with Andover Thursday and Chanhassen Friday.

The Bears (6-2-1) will play Mounds View Dec. 30 at TCO Sports Garden.

Leo Gabriel had 40 saves for the Bears. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL


No. 11A Delano 5, No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral 0

After a hard-fought 2-1 win over No. 6A Mahtomedi on Thursday, No. 11A Delano responded with a 5-0 win over No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral. It was their seventh victory in a row after starting the season 0-2.

Cathedral won the shots battle 30-22, but couldn’t get one past senior goaltender Ethan Engelmann. The Tigers were able to find the net twice in the first period. Brady Kangas got the scoring going less than two minutes in. Mason Hargarten put the TIgers up 2-0 on a power play at the 11-minute mark.

Cathedral tilted the ice in the second almost doubling up on shots against the Tigers, but Engelmann was up to the challenge and stopped all 13 shots he faced as both teams were scoreless. Cathedral successfully killed three penalties while Delano killed a pair.

In the third, Daniel Halonen put the Tigers up 3-0 and a minute later Bryce Peterson made it 4-0 with a power play goal. Joe McCabe put the finishing touch on the win with their fifth goal with five minutes to play to improve the Tigers to 7-2-0 on the season. Their two losses have come to Warroad (6-3 on Nov. 24) and East Grand Forks (9-0 on Nov. 25).

They will get another big test Wednesday when they take on top-ranked Hermantown. The Hawks just suffered their first loss of the season to No. 9AA Rosemount and are 4-1-2.


No. 1AA Minnetonka 4, No. 10AA Shakopee 3

In Class AA top-ranked Minnetonka stayed unbeaten with a narrow 4-3 win over No. 10 Shakopee. The Skippers got a hat trick from University of Minnesota commit Javon Moore and outshot the Sabers 61-17, but Shakopee goalie Aleksi Huson stopped 57 shots to keep the Sabers in the game.

Cooper Siegert’s stick stayed ablaze with a goal 1:13 in for a 1-0 Shakopee lead. Moore answered with his first of the day and John Stout gave the Skippers a 2-1 before the midway point of the first period. Shakopee’s Nate Pederson tied it at the 7-minute mark of the second, but Moore answered with a pair of goals to lead 4-2 after two periods. The Skippers rifled 27 shots at Huson in the second and he stopped 25.

The Sabers were able to get some zone time in the third and Carson Steinhoff pulled them within a goal with just over four minutes to play. But Tonka netminder Hunter Bauer shut the door the rest of the way.

Moore’s three goals give him a team-high 11 on the season. He also has nine assists and leads the Skippers with 20 points. Stout, a senior defenseman committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, had a goal and an assist. Siegert and Pederson each had a goal and assist to lead Shakopee. Siegert is tied for the team lead with Cooper Simpson as both players have 14 goals and 12 assists in 11 games. Pederson has five goals and 19 assists as Shakopee fell to 8-2-1 on the season. They will battle the top Class A team in Hermantown on Dec. 29 in Shakopee.

Minnetonka will face off for three games in the Premiere Holiday Classic in Plymouth beginning with No. 6AA Rogers on Wednesday, No. 16AA Lakeville South Thursday and No. 2AA Wayzata Friday.