Alexandria’s Kasen Muscha chases for a loose puck in the defensive zone. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

THE CARDINALS WON BACK-TO-BACK GAMES AGAINST CLASS AA OPPONENTS

AND FACE AA SARTELL ON THURSDAY 

No. 12A Alexandria 3, Brainerd 2

After an incredible comeback win against Class AA Academy of Holy Angels on Saturday, the Cardinals hosted AA Brainerd on Tuesday evening. It was a similar script for the Cardinals, finding them down 2-0 in the second period. Warriors got goals from Kade Stengrim, and Kale Koop, and assists from Brady Johnson and Kalvin Stengrim. Cardinals Leonard Kompelien got the Cardinals on the board at the 7:52 mark of the middle frame, assisted by Gavin Olson and Gage Castle. Just under a minute later, Evan Klimek tied the game at two for Alexandria. Jack Lamski and Evan Anderson had the assist. Alexandria had all the momentum to start the third, and it took just 46 seconds for Kasen Muscha to net home the go-ahead goal. Cardinals’ goalie Brady Metcalf was great yet again, stopping 31 of 33 shots. Metcalf moved to 6-6-1, with a 2.15 goals against average and a 0.923 save percentage on the season. Alexandria moved back to .500, at 7-7-1, and will face Sartel Thursday. Brainerd falls to 8-8-1 and plays Grand Rapids next Tuesday. 

No. 13AA Hill-Murray 3, No. 15AA Stillwater 1

Hill-Murray played host to Stillwater on Tuesday evening in a critical Section 4AA clash. The Pioneers and Ponies both were held scoreless through two periods but that didn’t last in the final frame. Hill-Murray erupted for three straight goals from Boden Sampair, Graham Greeder, and Jackson Reeves. Reeves and Lucas Mann both had the assist on Sampair’s goal. Blaine Batchelor scored late in the game for Stillwater, assisted by John Karkula and Vincent Toscano. The Ponies’ goal was too late for a comeback as the Pioneers skated to a 3-1 win. 

Andrew Lane helped lead Hill-Murray past section rival Stillwater 3-1 Tuesday night. LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

No. 20AA Roseau 4, No. 4A East Grand Forks 4

Roseau traveled to the border of Minnesota and North Dakota Tuesday night taking on East Grand Forks. The Greenwave got the scoring started after Hunter Varnson but Roseau responded with a Jake Halvorson goal. EGF got two unanswered goals from Tucker Lovejoy and another from Varnson. Jake Kvien scored for the Rams late in the opening period, but Roseau still trailed 3-2 after one. Halvorson tied the game again in the second period for the Rams but Landon James took the lead back for the Greenwave. Grady Magner and Jace Panzer both got assists on James’ goal which gave EGF a 4-3 lead after two periods. Halvorson completed his hat trick to tie the game at four late in the third period, sending the game to overtime. The extra period was filled with chances but neither team could find the twine, resulting in a 4-4 final score. Rams goalie Brayton Levesque stopped 42 of 46, while Ryan Rockstad had 27 saves for the Greenwave. 

No. 11A Little Falls 5, No. 14A Northern Lakes 2

Little Falls started fast and furious in their 5-2 win over Northern Lakes. The Flyers moved to 11-5-0, while Northern Lakes fell to 10-5-0 on the season. 

Luke Avery had a big game, scoring two goals and two assists in the Flyers’ 5-2 win. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

Lucas Jendro, Luke Avery, and Carter Oothoudt scored three straight goals, as the Flyers led 3-0 in the second period. Finnegan Fogarty got Northern Lakes on the board late in the middle frame, but the Stars still trailed 3-1 after two. Oothoudt and Avery both scored again for the Flyers en route to another win. Izaak Kalis was great in net for the Flyers, stopping 33 of 35.

No. 2A Hermantown 8, No. 15A Hibbing/Chisholm 1

River Freeman netted a hat-trick for Hermantown in the Hawks’ big 8-1 win over Section 7A foe Hibbing/Chisholm. Hermantown gets back into the win column after Saturday’s loss to Warroad and moves to 11-3-2.  The Bluejackets fall to 10-7-0 on the season and play North Shore on Thursday. 

Will Esterbrooks scored a goal and two assists in the Hawks’ 8-1 win over Hibbing/Chisholm. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN.

Hermantown got four first-period goals from Henry Martinsen, Josh Kauppinen, and Freeman scored twice to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead. Henry Peterson, Will Esterbrooks, and Freeman’s third goal gave the Hawks a 7-1 advantage. Jackson Strukel was Hibbing/Chisholm’s lone goal scorer. Peterson got the only goal in the third period, locking in a big-time win for Hermantown. Along with a goal Kauppinen had three assists for the Hawks. Ford Skytta had two assists, and Weston Bohlman, Jack Slattengren, and Graff Mellin all had one assist for Hermantown. 

No. 14AA Holy Family 3, Holy Angels 1

Two goals in the second period from Drew Roelofs and Cameron Dean prompted Holy Family to a 3-1 win over Academy of Holy Angels. Jack Forsman stopped 32 of 33 for Holy Family, while Luke Marsalek had 33 saves on 36 shots for Academy of Holy Angels. Holy Family improves to 8-4-1 and plays Mound Westonka on Thursday. Holy Angels suffered their second straight loss and fell to 8-6-1 on the season. 

Grand Rapids 3, No. 13A Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 2

Bauer Murphy scored the tying goal late in the third period for Grand Rapids sending the game to overtime. Jameson Duell took just 58 seconds to send the Thunderhawks home happy with a 3-2 win over Cloquet/Esko/Carlton. Grand Rapids moved to 9-7-0 and has 17AA White Bear Lake up next on Friday. CEC falls to 9-8-0 and will travel to the Academy of Holy Angels on Friday. 

Cretin-Derham Hall 4, No. 16AA Eastview 4

Caleb Nelson netted a hattrick for Eastview and John King scored two goals for Cretin-Derham Hall as both teams skated to a 4-4 tie. Gabe Otis was busy in the net, stopping 38 shots on 42 attempts for Eastview. Eastview moves to 9-6-1 while CDH is now 7-6-1 on the season. 

Cretin-Derham Hall’s Sophomore defenseman Andy Brown pictured blocking a shot. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

No. 9A Monticello 4, Pine City Area 1

Landen Scherber scored two goals and had two assists for Monticello in their 4-1 win over Pine City Area. Owen Soderholm stopped 20 of 21 for the Moose, and Aaron Rootkie had 40 saves on 44 shots for the Dragons.  

No. 20A Southwest Christian/Richfield 3, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 2

Bennet Breuer scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as Southwest Christian/Richfield skated away with a 3-2 win over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. SWCR won their fifth game in a row and improved to 10-4-0. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato fell to 3-12-1 on the year. 

No. 17AA White Bear Lake 3, Forest Lake 0

Kevin Laska, Nolan Roed, and Maverick Timmons all scored, while Leo Gabriel stopped all 18 shots he faced for White Bear Lake as they took down Forest Lake 3-0. The Bears have moved to 10-3-1 on the season and face Grand Rapids on Friday. 

Red Lake Falls 4, No. 18A Detroit Lakes 2

Blake Breiland scored the go-ahead goal in the late second and again in the third propelling Red Lake Falls over Detroit Lakes 4-2. Ashtin Fredrickson was stellar in net, stopping 33 of 35 for the 11-3-0 Eagles. 

New Prague 6, No. 16A Luverne 5

Connor Williams and two goals from Will Seymour in the second period helped New Prague over Luverne 6-5 in a barnburner. Seymour added another goal in the third period to secure his hat trick. 

No. 19A La Crescent-Hokah 10, Faribault 2

Noah Gillette had three goals and three assists, Wyatt Farrell had a goal and four assists and Ethan Myhre had two goals and three assists in La Crescent-Hokah’s 10-0 win over Faribault. Farrell now has 30-21-51 in 15 games this season for LCH.

No. 12AA Rosemount 7, Eagan 2

Rosemount got a hat-trick from Christian Garrity who also had two assists in the Irish’s 7-2 win over Eagan. 

No. 17A Thief River Falls 14, Kittson County Central 0

Brayden Spears, Spencer Anderson, and Braydin Lund all had one goal and three assists in Thief River Falls’ 14-0 rout over Kittson County Central. Max Arlt scored four goals and had an assist for the Prowlers. 

Other scores around the State of Hockey

Lakeville North 4, Farmington 1

Hutchinson 6, Mound Westonka 6

Duluth Marshall 9, Greenway 2

Moorhead 7, St. Cloud 1

Rock Ridge 10, North Shore 0

Breck 7, Blake 4

Duluth East 2, Duluth Denfeld 1

Bloomington Kennedy 3, Hopkins 2

Dodge County 9, South St. Paul 0

Chisago Lakes 4, Cambridge-Isanti 3

St. Michael-Albertville 6, Buffalo 5

Lakeville South 2, Prior Lake 1

Minneapolis 2, Waconia 1

Mankato East 5, Minnesota River 1

Albert Lea 2, Rochester Mayo 1

Marshall 8, Redwood Valley 1

Mankato West 2, Red Wing 2

Lake of the Woods 6, Bagley/Fosston 2

Willmar 2, Morris/Benson Area 1

Princeton 5, Northern Edge 1

River Lakes 5, Sauk Centre 2

St. Paul Academy 4, Providence Academy 3

Mora/Milaca 4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 4

Park Rapids 10, Wadena-Deer Creek 0

Austin 4, Worthington 1

WSFLG 4, St. Paul Johnson 4

Moose Lake Area 5, Spooner 3

Breckenridge/Wahpeton 6, Mayport (N.D.)

Ely 4, International Falls 3