Maple Grove has a lot to celebrate about this season. Pictured is senior forward Jackson Kuznik after scoring against Chanhassen. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

Welcome to the final stretch of the regular season

5AA Maple Grove 4, No. 11AA Centennial 2

Maple Grove scored two goals in the third period to take down Centennial 4-2 in a critical Section 5AA clash. The Crimson have now won their past four games and improved their record to 16-5-0 on the season. Maple Grove has four games remaining in the regular season, three of four are ranked teams with St. Thomas Academy, Lakeville South, Hill-Murray, and Andover, so a big test is ahead for the Crimson. Centennial fell to 14-5-2 on the season and fell for the first time in 11 games. They have four games remaining in the regular season, with Elk River/Zimmerman next on Thursday. 

Lucas Busch scored a goal in Maple Grove’s 4-2 win over Centennial. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

Maple Grove struck first when Lane Glende scored at the 2:39 mark of the first period, assisted by Luke Giuliani. The Cougars answered under two minutes later with a Kellen Krumwiede goal assisted by Heath Nelson and Alex Clampitt. The second period was similar to the first, as Centennial scored first from Harper Searles on the powerplay but Maple Grove tied the game later with an Andrew Karkoc goal short-handed, assisted by David Karkoc.  In the third period, Brady Aubut scored the go-ahead goal at the 1:18 mark assisted by Tommy Picconatto. Lucas Busch scored the empty netter to secure the Crimson’s win over Centennial. 

No. 4A East Grand Forks 6, No. 1 Warroad 3

Grady Magner had three assists in East Grand Forks’ massive Section 8A win over top-ranked Warroad. The Green Wave improved to 15-7-1 on the season with Thief River Falls coming up on Tuesday. Warroad fell to 18-4-0 on the year, losing their first game in eight contests. The Warriors will play their final three games at home. 

Brock Schultz had a big game against the Warriors, with two goals and two assists. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN.

Each team scored in the first period. The first was Warroad’s Murray Marvin-Cordes assisted by Taven James and Landon Jamieson, and then EGF’s Brock Schultz scored late in the period. Tied 1-1 in the second period when Schultz scored again for the Green Wave on the power play giving them the 2-1 lead. At the 12:12 mark of the middle frame, the Warriors answered back with a James goal tying the game up at 2-2 after two. It was a similar start to the third as Jace Van Eps scored for EGF but Kyler Lien answered back again for Warroad as they tied it 3-3. Jace Fore scored the go-ahead goal just about eight minutes into the period giving EGF a 4-3 lead. Tucker Lovejoy and Judd Pesch both scored as the Green Wave took down Warroad. 

No. 13AA Rogers 2, No. 18AA White Bear Lake 1

 

Aiden Dietrich had 28 saves on 29 shots for Rogers in net. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Keaton Weis scored the overtime winner for Rogers as they took down White Bear Lake 2-1. Rogers improved to 14-6-2 and will face St. Louis Park on Thursday at home. The Bears fell to 14-6-1 on the season and have Park of Cottage Grove away on Saturday. 

After a scoreless first period, Tyler Lalonde scored in the second period assisted by Nolan Roed as they held a 1-0 lead after two. Nolen Geerdes tied the game at 1-1 in the third period for Rogers assisted by Brock Cheslock which forced overtime. White Bear Lake put eight shots on the net in overtime but Aiden Dietrich stopped them all and Weis won the game for the Royals. Dietrich ended the game with 28 saves on 29 shots. Leo Gabriel stopped 37 of 39 shots for White Bear Lake. 

River Lakes 4, No. 10A Alexandria 3

River Lakes came into Alexandria and ended their four-game winning streak for one of their own with a 4-3 win. The Stars improved to 12-9-2 on the season and will face Fergus Falls on Thursday. Alexandria fell to 11-9-1 with St. Cloud next on the schedule on Thursday. The Cardinals have a big test coming up on Friday when they face No. 8A Monticello. They will finish their season with two big Section 6A opponents with No. 18A Northern Lakes on Tuesday and Fergus Falls to end the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 15. 

Parker Welz got the scoring started for River Lakes in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into the second period. In the second period, the Stars scored two straight goals from Blake Schultz and Sam Hanson to go up 3-0. Alexandria struck back with three straight goals from Leonard Kompelien, Brody Berg, and Caleb Lind, tying the game at 3-3 at the end of the second. Just over halfway through the third period, Schultz scored his second of the contest and the game-winner for the Stars. 

 

No. 20AA Eastview 2, No. 12AA Rosemount 1

Eastview had a statement win over Rosemount on Tuesday evening, taking them down 2-1. Jordan Brothers scored in the first period for the Lightning and Brayden Kaldenbach netted the game-winning goal. Christian Garrity scored the lone goal for Rosemount. Trent Nelson stopped 21 of 23 in net for Rosemount. Gabe Otis was great once again in net for Eastview, stopping 39 of 40. Otis now has a 2.13 GAA, 0.930 Sv% and he has three shutouts this season.   

No. 14A Little Falls 5, No. 18A Northern Lakes 0

Little Falls got goals from Remi Chisholm, Joey Welinski, and two from Luke Avery as the Flyers shutout Northern Lakes 5-0. Izaak Kalis got his third shutout of the season as the Flyers improved to 15-7-0. Northern Lakes will play Moose Lake Area on Thursday after falling to 12-7-0.

Luke Avery had a big game, scoring two goals and two assists in the Flyers’ 5-0 win. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

No. 6AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 9, Bloomington Jefferson 1

Caleb Koskie had a six-point performance with three goals and three assists for Benilde-St. Margaret’s as the Red Knights took down Bloomington Jefferson 9-1. BSM improved to 17-4-1 on the season and will face No. 2A Hermantown on Friday. 

No. 15AA Holy Family 5, Park of Cottage Grove 3

Holy Family withstood a Park of Cottage Grove comeback attempt with goals from Holden Pajor, Jack Gleason, and Adam Crosby, and two goals from Cameron Dean as Holy Family took down Cottage Grove 5-3. The Wolfpack scored two straight goals in the third period to get within one goal, but Dean’s late-game goal secured the win. 

No. 5A Mahtomedi 4, East Ridge 1

Jake Hodd-Chlebeck scored twice in Mahtomedi’s 4-1 win over East Ridge. The Zephyrs got a really good performance from Wes Strub in the net, stopping 30 of 31. Mahtomedi improved back to .500 with an 11-11-0 record and will face Hastings on Thursday.  

Gene Wegleitner had two assists in Mahtomedi’s 4-1 win over East Ridge. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

No. 3A St. Cloud Cathedral 4, Totino-Grace 2

Despite two goals from Totino-Grace’s Noah Osland, the Eagles fell to St. Cloud Cathedral 4-2. The Crusaders got goals from John Hirschfeld, Landon Swenson, Griffin Sturm, and Andrew Dwinnell. Nick Hansen stopped 22 of 24 for St. Cloud in net. Cathedral improved to 18-4-1 on the season and will have a big Section 5A showdown on Tuesday when they face Little Falls. 

No. 8AA Shakopee 4, Prior Lake 2

After trailing 2-1 after the first period, Shakopee scored three straight goals from Cooper Siegert and two from Nate Pederson, as they took down Prior Lake 4-2. Aleksi Huson stopped 31 of 33 in net for Shakopee. The Sabres improved to 18-3-1 on the season and face Rosemount on Saturday. 

No. 9A Delano 6, Hutchinson 0

Brody Geislinger, Jake Heinzen and Bryce Peterson all scored in the first period for Delano as they shutout Hutchinson 6-0. Andrew Bruett, Aaron Halonen and Mason Hargarten also got goals for the Tigers. Evan Geyen stopped all 20 shots he faced as he got his third shutout this season for Delano. The Tigers improved to 13-8-1 on the season and will face Litchfield Dassel-Cokato on Friday. 

No. 16AA Grand Rapids 3, Duluth Denfeld 0

Kyler Miller scored twice in the second period, both assisted by Seth Carlson en route to Grand Rapids’ 3-0 win over Duluth Denfeld. The Thunderhawk’s other goal was scored by Nathan Garski. Ryder Miskovich stopped all 15 shots he faced in net for Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks improved to 14-9-0 on the season. 

No. 12A Proctor 2, Duluth Marshall 1

Breckin Ross netted the game-winner in overtime for Proctor as they took down Duluth Marshall 2-1. Ethan Carter scored Proctor’s other goal and AJ Reyelts stopped 39 of 40 in net. Keenan Smith stopped 36 of 38 and Owen Marsolek was the Hilltoppers lone goal scorer. Proctor is now 17-6-0 on the season and will host North Shore on Thursday. 

Buffalo 5, No. 8A Monticello 2

Eli Tiernan scored the go-ahead goal for Buffalo with one second left in the second as they took down Monticello 5-2. Buffalo’s goalie was excellent as Max Varner stopped 39 of 41. Nathan Poeppel and Roman Thompson both scored for Monticello.