Max Varner embraces his teammates after a shutout win in the Quarterfinal round of Section playoffs.

No. 2 Roseau falls to St. Cloud, No. 6 Buffalo upsets No.3 Sartell-St. Stephen

Section 8AA Quarterfinal 

No. 6 Seed Buffalo 2, No. 3 Seed Sartell-St. Stephen 0

The right side of the Section 8AA bracket may look a bit different than some expected, as two top seeds falter on Tuesday evening. 

Buffalo’s Max Varner stopped all 21 shots he faced as the Bison upset Sartell 2-0. The Bison are set to face St. Cloud for a rare No. 6 vs. No. 7 seed Semifinals. Buffalo improved their record to 9-16-1 on the year. The Bison’s record may be deceptive coming from the Lake Conference, which includes Minnetonka, Edina, Wayzata, and Eden Prairie. The job is not done yet for the Bison, but they are not a team to be slept on in Section 8AA.

Evan Hinnenkamp scored the only two goals of the game for Buffalo in their 2-0 win over Sartell.

Buffalo scored the opening goal midway through the first period when Evan Hinnenkamp got it past Sabres goalie Noah Hacker.

 The Bison led 1-0 through two periods after a scoreless second frame and breakthrough again in the third period. With 1:30 remaining in the game, Sartell’s net was empty, which allowed Hinnenkamp to work his way in on the net and score the Bisons’ final goal. Hinnenkamp’s goals were assisted by Eli Tiernan and two by Brandon Rodenwald. 

No. 7 Seed St. Cloud 2, No. 2 Seed Roseau 1

The chaos of High School hockey playoffs continues as sixth-seeded St. Cloud took down second-seeded Roseau on Tuesday evening. The Crush improved to 11-14-1 and has a date set with Buffalo inside the Buffalo Civic Center. 

Roseau started the scoring in the first period when Jake Kvien netted a power-play goal, assisted by Noah Urness and Jake Halvorson. The Crush answered back with a power play goal of their own when Reece Gronseth tied the game at 1-1. After a scoreless second period, the Crush scored the eventual game-winning goal. Henry Burkstrand scored at the 7:05 mark, assisted by Connor Wavrin, and Aiden Yurzyck.

Ben Glaesman put on a masterpiece performance in net, stopping 42 of 43 shots for the Crush. 

Roseau’s senior forward Urness completed a senior season worthy of notoriety. The St. Cloud State commit scored 42-39-81 in 26 games. 

Other Section 8AA Quarterfinal scores

No. 4 Seed Elk River/Zimmerman 3, No. 5 Seed Bemidji 1

No. 1 Seed Moorhead 4, No. 8 Seed Brainerd 1

Section 7AA Quarterfinals. 

No. 4 Seed Rock Ridge 4, No. 5 Seed Forest Lake 3

The Tuesday night Quarterfinal frenzy continues with a game-of-the-year candidate. Rock Ridge’s Grady Dimberio called game in the fourth overtime to send Rock Ridge to the Semifinal round. The Wolverines improved to 20-5-1 and will face the No. 1 Seed Grand Rapids at Amsoil Arena in Duluth on Saturday.

Caz Carlson had one assist in the Wolverines’ 4-3 overtime win.

Rock Ridge scored two early goals when Kasey Lamppa scored 30 seconds into the game, and Sam Troutwine scored at the 1:14 mark as the Wolverines held an early 2-0 lead. Forest Lake responded with a Mason Johnsen goal assisted by Landen Roberts. The Wolverines added to their lead after Troutwine scored his second goal of the game assisted by Brant Tiedeman. After a first period that saw four goals in just over six minutes, Forest Lake was the lone team to score in the second period. Ryder Siedow scored at the 13:50 mark assisted by Preston Waage and Blake Jacobson. The Rangers crawled their way back into the game with another goal, this time in the third period. Caden Speidel tied the game at 3-3 for Forest Lake in the third frame, assisted by Gunnar Bright. 

After three overtime periods without a goal, Dimberio scored 20 seconds in to give Rock Ridge a Semifinal date. Ryan Rothfork stopped 37 of 40 in net for Rock Ridge. Andrew Saxe was extra busy in net, stopping 65 of 69 shots for Forest Lake, coming up big in overtime, as he faced 28 shots through the first three overtime periods. 

Other Section 7AA Quarterfinal scores

No. 3 Seed Duluth East 5, No. 6 Seed Duluth Denfeld 1 

Thomas Gunderson had a five-point performance with two goals and three assists in Duluth East’s 5-1 win over Duluth Denfeld. Kole Kronstedt was a rock between the pipes for the Greyhounds, stopping 32 of 33. Duluth East will face Andover on Saturday in the Semifinal round. 

No. 1 Seed Grand Rapids 9, No. 9 Seed Cambridge-Isanti 0

Seth Carlson scored two goals and two assists, Jacob Garski scored a goal and added three assists, and Carter Casey stopped all 18 shots he faced as Grand Rapids skated past Cambridge-Isanti. 

No. 2 Seed Andover 6, No. 7 Seed Duluth Marshall 1

KJ Sauer and Gavin Sullivan both had three points as Andover took down Duluth Marshall 6-1. Sauer had two goals and one assist, Sullivan scored a goal and had two assists for the Huskies.


Other Class AA Section Playoff Scores

First round scores 

Section 2AA 

No. 9 Seed Chaska 5, No. 8 Seed Waconia 1

Section 3AA 

No. 8 Seed Hastings 7, No. 9 Seed Apple Valley/Burnsville 1

Section 4AA

No. 8 Seed East Ridge 5, No. 9 Seed Tartan 2

No. 7 Seed Roseville 8, No. 10 Seed Johnson/Como/Hardin/St. Croix Lutheran 2

Section 5AA 

No. 8 Seed Blaine 3, No. 9 Seed Irondale-St. Anthony 1

No. 7 Seed Spring Lake Park 7, No. 10 Seed Osseo 1

Class A Quarterfinal 

Section 5A Quarterfinal scores

No. 1 Seed St. Cloud Cathedral 10, No. 8 Seed Becker/Big Lake 0

St. Cloud Cathedral outshot Becker/Big Lake 41-7 as they took down the Eagles 10-0. John Hirschfeld had four points, scoring a goal and three assists, Cole Hwang scored a hat trick and Ben Petroske had three helpers for the Crusaders. Cathedral will face River Lakes on Saturday. 

Joey Gillespie had two helpers for Cathedral in their win over Becker/Big Lake.

No. 2 Seed Monticello 3, No. 7 Seed Sauk Rapids-Rice 0

Monticello scored two goals in the third period as they took down Sauk-Rapids Rice 3-0. The Moose got two goals from Micah Sieben and the empty net goal was from Landen Sherber. Monticello has a date with No. 3 Seed Little Falls on Saturday. 

No. 3 Seed Little Falls 7, No. 6 Seed Princeton 2

No. 4 River Lakes 4, No. 5 Seed Pine City Area 3

Other Section Quarterfinal scores

Section 6A Quarterfinal scores

No. 1 Seed Alexandria 14, No. 8 Seed Breckenridge/Wahpeton 0

William Thornburg scored two goals and had three assists en route to the Cardinals’ big 14-0 win over Breckenridge/Wahpeton. 

No. 2 Seed Northern Lakes 9, No. 7 Seed Wadena-Deer Creek 1

Drew Paulbeck scored four goals for Northern Lakes as the Lightning took down WDC 9-1. 

No. 3 Seed Fergus Falls 2, No. 6 Seed Willmar 0

Kellen Stenstrom scored twice in the third period as the Otters took down Willmar 2-0. Ryan Nelson pitched a shutout, stopping all 19 shots he faced. 

No. Seed Morris Benson Area 7, No. 5 Seed Prairie Centre Area 4

Section 7A Quarterfinal scores

No. 1 Seed Hermantown 14, No. 8 Seed International Falls 0

Hermantown outshot International Falls a whopping 65-9 as the Hawks won 14-0. 

No. 2 Seed Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 12, No. 7 Seed Ely/Tower-Soudan 0

No. 3 Seed Hibbing/Chisholm 4, No. 6 Seed Greenway Area 1

No. 4 Seed Proctor 5, No. 5 Seed North Shore 1

First round scores 

Section 1A  

No. 8 Seed Faribault 7, No. 9 Seed Red Wing 2

No. 7 Seed Waseca 9, No. 10 Seed Austin 1

Section 3A 

No. 9 Seed Fairmont 4, No. 8 Seed Worthington 3

No. 7 Seed Windom 7, No. 10 Seed Redwood Valley 0

Section 8A 

No. 8 Seed Lake of the Woods 6, No. 9 Seed Bagley/Fosston 0

No. 7 Seed Park Rapids 7, No. 10 Seed Kittson County Central 1