Casey Vandertop celebrating a game-tying goal against top-ranked Minnetonka on Thursday. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

Edina wins Section 6AA battle, hands trojans first loss

No. 3AA Edina 4, No. 2AA Wayzata 1

The top teams in Section 6AA went toe to toe on Tuesday night when Edina took down Wayzata 4-1. The Hornets are red hot winning eight of their last ten games and losing only once to No.8AA  St. Thomas Academy. Edina tied No. 1AA Minnetonka 1-1 on Thursday, January 8. The Hornets have a record of 15-2-1 and will face No. 6AA Eden Prairie on Saturday. Wayzata had previously also won eight of their last ten games, but tied the other two, one of which was against Minnetonka. Wayzata suffered their first loss of the season falling to 14-1-2 and will head to Roseau on Thursday. 

Joe Bertram stopped 31 of 32 in Edina’s statement win over Wayzata on Tuesday night. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Wayzata outshot Edina 17-2 in a scoreless first period, Joe Bertram stood tall for the Hornets as he’s done all season. In the second period, Edina broke through scoring two straight goals. Ryan Flaherty struck first on the powerplay, assisted by John Halverson and Sam Peckham. Flaherty found twine again just over two minutes later assisted by Caleb Pittsley making it 2-0 in Edina’s favor. Wayzata finally struck back, getting a powerplay goal from Jake Mattson, assisted by Hawke Huff and Cade De St Hubert, cutting the lead to 2-1. Edina struck again when Freddie Schneider scored to take a 3-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Jackson Nevers and Bobby Cowan. In the third period Pittsley, who already had a helper, scored, making it 4-1, with an assist by Flaherty. Bertram shut down all nine shots he saw in the third to secure the win for Edina. He finished with 31 total saves on 32 shots. Edina’s senior goalie now has a 13-2-1 record, a 1.30 goals-against average, and a 0.944 save percentage on the season. 

Joe Bertram now has a 13-2-1 record, a 1.30 goals-against average, and a .944 save percentage. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

No. 4AA Chanhassen 6, No. 18AA Gentry Academy 1

Chanhassen scored three third-period goals en route to an eye-opening 6-1 win over Gentry Academy. The Storm improved to 15-4-0 on the year, winning their eighth straight game. Gentry Academy fell to 15-4-0 this year. Before the loss, the Stars won 12 straight games, dating back to Dec. 5. 

Minnesota State commit Jack Christ had one goal and two assists in Chanhassen’s 6-1 win over Gentry Academy. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

Tyler Smith got the scoring started for Chanhassen, assisted by Andy Earl and Jake Risch to claim a 1-0 lead. Gentry Academy answered pretty quickly when Arizona State commit Ryder Betzold scored his 19th of the year. The tying goal was assisted by Eli Bailey and Brock Fairbanks. Tied 1-1 in the second period, Chanhassen took over the game. Wisconsin commit Gavin Uhlenkamp scored at the 7:41 mark assisted by Minnesota State commit Jack Christ and Owen Buesgens. Later in the period, Caden Lee struck for the Storm to take a 3-1 lead, assisted by Buesgens and Christ. In the third period, Christ scored a goal to go along with his two assists, Coltin Wassengeso and Uhlenkamp both had helpers on the goal. Lee scored his second goal of the game to take a 5-1 lead then it was Tyler Smith who scored the Storm’s final goal.

No. 3A St. Cloud Cathedral 7, No. 13A Little Falls 1

St. Cloud Cathedral scored three goals in the second and in the third to take down fellow Section 5A foe 7-1. The Crusaders improved to 14-4-1 on the season and take on No. 6A Northfield on Friday. Little Falls fell to 12-7-0 on the year, with No. 16A Luverne next up on Friday. 

Joey Gillespie scored late in the first period for Cathedral to open the game scoring, assisted by Landon Swenson. Little Falls answered just over a minute later, when Carter Oothoudt tied the game at 1-1, assisted by Aaron Marod. The second period is when St. Cloud Cathedral took over, scoring three second-period goals from Swenson, John Hirschfeld, and Gillespie’s second goal giving Cathedral a 4-1 lead. Philip O’Neal, Jaeger Wood, and Andrew Dwinnell all scored in the third period to complete the Crusaders’ dominant win over the Flyers. St. Cloud was dominant all game, outshooting Little Falls 63-10.

Jaeger Wood scored a goal and assist in St. Cloud Cathedral’s 7-1 win over Little Falls. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN.

Trey Fredenberg, Brody Dustin, and Luke Myers all scored for the Ponies in the first period, as they took a 3-0 lead into the second period. Jonas Kohn added to Stillwater’s lead in the middle frame, assisted by Alex Reedy and Wyatt Carroll. Mitch Olson and Johnny Conlin both got on the board for Mounds View to get back within reach at 4-2. Mounds View got within one goal in the third period when Conlin scored again. Stillwater answered back and iced the game with three third-period goals from Blaine Batchelor, and two goals from Luke Myers. 

No. 5A Mahtomedi 6, Chisago Lakes 1

Mahtomedi scored four goals in the second period to take down Chisago Lakes 6-1. Mahtomedi improved to 8-9-0 and plays No. 14AA Hill-Murray on Thursday. 

Sam Harris scored in the first period for Mahtomedi to give them a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. The second period was when the Zephyrs took over, scoring four straight goals. Wyatt Tarnowski scored twice in the period, the first was assisted by Harris and Jake Hodd-Chlebeck. Jimmy Egan and Hodd-Chlebeck both scored and Tarnowski’s second goal gave Mahtomedi a 5-0 lead. Austin Slettom scored for Chisago Lakes in the third period assisted by Griffin Perreault and Lucas Ide. Hodd-Chlebeck scored his second of the game for Mahtomedi as they skated away with the win. Mahtomedi’s goalie Charlie Brandt stopped 22 of 23 shots. 

No. 2A Hermantown 6, Superior (Wis.) 0

Hermantown got goals from Drew Nelson, Will Easterbrooks, and Andrew Johnson Jr. in the first period en route to a 6-0 win over Superior. Nelson scored his second goal in the middle frame to go up 4-0 after two periods. River Freeman and Henry Peterson both scored to increase the Hawks’ lead in the third period, as they skated to a big shutout win. Dane Callaway stopped all 13 shots he faced for Hermantown. Trent Peterson was very good and busy for Superior, stopping 61 of 67 in net. 

No. 18A Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 4, Rock Ridge 1

Rock Ridge got the scoring started when Caz Carlson scored a short-handed goal. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton struck back twice, both goals scored by Jace Stewart, and both on the powerplay. CEC held a 2-1 lead in the second period before Niko Gentilini added to that lead for the Lumberjacks. Bobby Thornton got one more goal for CEC to secure their win over Rock Ridge. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton improved to 10-9-0 on the season and will face Bemidji on Friday. Rock Ridge fell to 14-4-1 and will face Duluth Denfeld on Thursday. 

No. 8A Monticello 7, Providence Academy 0

Roman Thompson and Ashton Stoll both scored two goals in Monticello’s huge 7-0 win over Providence Academy. Niklas Nelson was great for Monticello adding five assists. Owen Soderholm stopped all 16 shots he faced for the Moose. 

No. 6A Northfield 7, Mankato East 0

Kam Kaiser scored a hat-trick and had an assist for Northfield in their 7-0 win over Mankato East. Trey Shimota stopped all 10 shots he faced for Northfield. The Raiders improved to 13-1-2 on the season, and have a big test on Friday when they face No. 3A St. Cloud Cathedral. 


No. 13AA Centennial 9, Osseo 1

Heath Nelson scored two goals and three assists in Centennial’s huge 9-1 win over Osseo. Centennial also got goals from Logan Adams, Alex Clampitt, Kellen Searles, Harper Searles, Austin Peterson, Nick Carls, and Kellen Krumwiede. 

Grand Forks Central (N.D.) 4, No. 4A East Grand Forks 3

East Grand Forks traveled across the border and fell to Grand Forks Central 4-3 in overtime. Brock Schultz scored his second goal of the game in the third period to tie it at 3-3 and send it to extra time. It took just 2:43 for Cooper Deziel to score the game-winning goal and give the North Dakota squad the win over EGF. 

No. 19AA Eastview 7, Farmington 1

Sam Wooten scored a goal and three assists, Jordan Brothers netted a hat-trick, and Billy Downs had three assists in Eastview’s dominant 7-1 win over Farmington. Eastview improved to 11-6-1 on the season and will take on Prior Lake on Saturday. 

Mound Westonka 5, No. 17A Southwest Christian/Richfield 4

Mound Westonka exploded for four goals in the second period en route to a 5-4 win over Southwest Christian/Richfield. 

Eli Hoffman and Christian Greer both scored for SWCR in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. Paul Horner got Southwest Christian on the board again, in the second period. Jonathan Scherven scored for Mound Westonka to get back within a goal, but Kaden Feltmann answered right back for Southwest Christian reclaiming a 4-2 lead. Mound Westonka then took over the game, scoring three straight from Brandon Zierke, and William Salvati, and the game-winning goal came off the stick of Aric Haataja at the 14:34 mark of the third period. 

No. 20AA Lakeville South 9, Apple Valley/Burnsville 2

Eiji Hofmann scored a hat-trick and had a helper for four points, and Will Kortan had two goals and two assists for Lakeville South in their 9-2 win over Apple Valley/Burnsville. Lakeville South improved to 11-6-0 on the season and will face Lakeville North on Friday in a battle of Lakeville. 

No. 11AA Andover 7, Blaine 1

Andover got three goals from Chase Nadeau, Brody Munnelly, and Crosby Perry in the first period. The Huskies found three more goals in the second, two from Ben Doll and another from Austin Westman, as Andover took a 6-0 lead into the third period. In the third, Brooks Cogswell scored another goal for Andover, taking a 7-0 lead. Gavin George got Blaine on the board late in the game, and it was their lone goal as Andover secured the dominant win. 

No. 20A Dodge County 3, Mankato West 0

Gryffon Funke and Brett Ludvigsen scored in the third period for Dodge Country as they skated away with a 3-0 win over Mankato West. Jackson Roethler stopped all 22 shots he faced for Dodge County. Mason Schreiber had a good game despite the loss for Mankato West, stopping 35 of 27 shots. 

No. 16AA Stillwater 7, Mounds View 3

Stillwater scored three first-period goals and three more in the third en route to a 7-3 win over Mounds View. Stillwater improved to 8-6-1 on the season.

No. 10A Proctor 9, Ely 1

Cooper Johnson scored two goals and had two assists in Proctor’s 9-1 win over Ely. Proctor improved to 13-6-0 on the season and will face Tartan on Saturday.  

No. 17A La Crescent-Hokah 13, Black River Falls (Wis.) 2

Wyatt Farrell had seven points for La Crescent-Hokah in their large 13-2 win over Black River Falls. Farrell scored five goals and had two assists, and Noah Gillette scored two goals and had four assists as well for LCH. Another large scorer for LCH was Michael Stojka who had a hat trick.