No. 10 Shakopee outlasted No. 16 Lakeville South 7-5 Thursday night. Above they celebrate a goal in a game form earlier this season.  LPH PHOTO BY CARTER ST.MARTIN

LPH Morning Skate:

Sabers outlast Cougars in high-scoring affair

Shakopee sophomore sensation Cooper Siegert turned in his second five-point performance in a week with two goals and three assists to lead the No. 10AA Sabers past No. 16AA Lakeville South 7-5 Thursday night in Shakopee.

The Sabers and Cougars skated to a 2-2 tie in the first with each scoring a power play goal. Junior playmaker Cooper Simpson got the Sabers on board with a power play goal six minutes in. Lakeville’ South’s Brayden Olson tied it three minutes later and then Shakopee’s Fletcher Reinhard scored his first goal of the season for a 2-1 Shakopee lead. But Will Kortan took advantage of a late penalty to score a power play goal with just four seconds left in the period to tie it 2-2.

Siegert got his first of the game 46 seconds into the second on a power play goal for a 3-2 lead. Daylin Cline scored his second goal on the season to give the Sabers a 4-2 cushion before Eiji Hofmann scored on a power play to make it 4-3. But Shakopee’s Peyton Chase scored with a minute to go in the second for a 5-3 lead.

Cooper Siegert is just a sophomore and has had back-to-back 5-point games to help lead No. 10 Shakopee. LPH PHOTO BY CARTER ST. MARTIN

The Sabers built to a 4-goal lead after Siegert and Carson Steinhoff both scored 30 seconds apart in the second. The Cougars staged a late rally with goals from Olsen and Tristan Lawrence but that’s all they could muster in the 7-5 defeat.

The loss was Lakeville South‘s first as they fell to 5-1-0. Shakopee improved to 8-1-1 and will host top-ranked Minnetonka (7-0-0) on  Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Skippers, meanwhile, remained undefeated with a 3-1 win over Grand Rapids Thursday. The close score was not an indicator of a game played equally on both ends of the ice as the Skippers outshot the Thunderhawks 50-5. Grand Rapids goalie Carter Casey kept them in it until the end with 47 saves on the night.

Grand Rapids led the game early when Jacob Garski scored five minutes in, assisted by Nathan Garski and Seth Carlson.

Minnetonka’s Adam House tied it a few minutes later as the game stayed tied at the end of the first period.

No. 1 Minnetonka rifled 50 shots on goal in their 3-1 win over Grand Rapids Thunderhawk goalie Carter Casey stopped 47 shots on the night. . LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

But Minnetonkla’s Hagen Burrows put the Skippers ahead just 19 seconds into the second period. Ashton Schultz added a goal midway through the period for a 3-1 lead and that’s how it stayed the rest of the way.

Casey stopped 17 shots in the third period, but the Thunderhawls just couldn’t provide an offensive threat with just two shots on goal in the third and four in the final two frames.

Grand Rapids fell to 6-5-0 on the season.

No. 2AA Wayzata held off a pesky Stillwater squad Thursday with a 5-4 win thanks to a late goal by Brittan Alstead. Stillwater’s top line of Brody Dustin, Wyatt Carroll, and Blake Vanek were buzzing all night. Trailing 2-0, Vanek scored with under four minutes to go in the first.

After Wayzata scored a late first-period goal for a 3-1 lead, Dustin scored to make it 3-2. Wayzata’s Jake Mattson answered to make it 4-2, but Dustin responded with 19 seconds to go in the second period to make it a 4-3 affair. Stillwater’s Luke Myers tied it 1 at the 10:46 mark of the third, but a little more than a minute later Alstead scored what would become the game-winner.

Wayzata (8-0-0) outshot the Ponies 39-21. They will take on Eden Prairie tonight. The Ponies fell to 3-5-1 and will have some time off until they travel to White Bear Lake on Jan. 4.

After a six-goal performance in the season opener, Champlin Park’s Brent Solomon hasn’t slowed down much. The junior winger has seven goals in his last two games and now has 18 goals through nine games on the season. Solomon netted four against White Bear Lake on Tuesday and followed up with a hat trick Thursday in a 6-4 win over No. 13AA Centennial. Solomon’s linemates Trevor Aberwald added two goals and three assists and Will Burnevik a goal and two assists to lead the Rebels to their fifth win on the season. Evan Long chipped in three assists.

Solomon scored seven seconds apart in the third period to give the Rebels a 5-2 lead. But Centennial got goals from Joey Hemr and Heath Nelson to pull within one. Aberwald scored an insurance goal at 15:35 to seal the win. Nelson finished with two goals and an assist for the Cougars who fell to 4-4-1 and have lost three straight. Champlin Park improved to 5-3-1 and will take on Hill-Murray on Dec. 27. Centennial is off until Jan. 4.

No. 11AA White Bear Lake got 29 saves from goaltender Leo Gabriel who continues to shine between the pipes for the Bears as they defeated Roseville 4-0. Tyler Lalonde scored and had an assist. Rafa Bastida recorded a pair of assists and Blake Eckerle and Kevin Laska also scored as the Bears improved to 6-2-0 and will face Hill-Murray on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Coon Rapids’ Jack Engberg scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and added an insurance goal with 26 seconds left to secure an 8-6 win over Duluth East in a Section 7AA battle where a slew of teams are betting for pole position heading into the Christmas break.

Jackson Barsness tied the score at 6-6 after Duluth East’s Trenton Thiesen and Stratton Maas gave the Greyhounds a 6-5 lead.

Coon Rapids got the scoring started early with three first-period goals to build a 3-0 lead. Cayden Alphin scored and Tyler Barsness scored the first two of his hat trick before Thomas Gunderson got the Greyhounds on board for a 3-1 deficit.

Barsness put Coon Rapids up 4-1 with his ninth goal of the season, but East rattled off four straight goals by Noah Teng, Thomas Gunderson, Wyatt Peterson and Luke Anderson.

But Coon Rapids controlled the third period with four goals on 13 shots. Duluth East won the shot battle 36-30 and fell to 2-8-0 on the season. Coon Rapids improved to 6-2-0.

No. 3AA Chanhassen made essay work of St. Louis Park with a 7-0 win to improve to 7-3-0. It was their fifth win in a row. They have now allowed just 12 goals in 10 games and have outscored opponents 30-2 in those games. On Thursday Jake Risch and Caden Lee each scored twice with Lee adding two assists. Jack Christ added a goal and three assists and Owen Buesgens a goal and two assists to lead the Storm who will host Maple Grove next Wednesday. Lee reached a milestone with his 100th career point.

No. 12AA Holy Family took on No. 18AA Eastview and came away with a 3-1 hard-fought win. Holden Pajor, Bryce Witala and Connor Crowley all scored for the Fire. Kevin Woehler scored for Eastview who fell to 5-5-0. Holy Family stayed unbeaten at 5-0-1 and will host No. 5AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Wednesday.

No. 17AA Cretin-Derham Hall defeated Mounds View 3-1 behind goals by Veszi Lippai, Marcy Matyas, and Cam Autrey. Mounds View’s lone goal came on a power play from Aiden Bale assisted by Johnny Conlin.

Cretin players celebrate after a goal against Mounds View in their 3-1 win. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

Owatonna improved to 8-0-0 with a 2-1 win over Rochester Mayo.  Andrew Mitchell and Zach Knott scored second-period goals and Brennan Sletten stopped 12 shots to earn the win. Rocco Corl scored for Rochester Mayo.

Brady Johnson scored the game-winner at 12:17 of the third period to lead Brainerd to a 4-3 victory over Sartell-St. Stephen, handing the Sabers their first loss of the season (7-1-1). The Sabers outshot Brainerd 30-18, but Brainerd goalie Ryan Gerlich made 27 saves to earn the win. Johnson scored twice, Ryan Kennedy had a goal and two assists and Kade Stengrim added a goal and assist as the Warriors improved to 4-4-1.

Kyan Rieder, Brayden Klande and Devin Jacobs scored for the Sabers.

Griffin Dewar scored in overtime to lead Bemidji to a 3-2 win over No. 20AA Roseau. After two scoreless periods, the teams traded goals in the third with Bemidji’s Austin Coe scoring on a power play to open the scoring. Roseau’s Gavin Jensen tied it and Bemidji’s Noah Mannasau gave them a 2-1 lead. Roseau’s Noah Urness tied it and both goalies closed the door down the stretch to force the overtime where Dewar ended it.

Roseau’s Connor Woidtke had 37 saves and Bemidji’s Tate Metcalf added 28.

Lakeville North’s Max Melin got one past Blaine’s Logan Meister in overtime for a 2-1 win for the Panthers. Getting one past Meister was a difficult task as the netminder had 36 saves on the night. Sam Foley scored the Panthers first goal before Blaine’s Sam Shaughnessy tied it in the second period. Lakeville evened up their record at 4-4-0 while Blaine fell to 1-10-0.

Cole Rivard and Tucker Pederson both scored to lead Forest Lake to a 2-0 win over East Ridge. Andrew Saxe had 20 saves to earn the shutout.

Kaden Larson and Anders Bjorklund each scored a pair of goals to lead Bloomington Jeffers to a 6-2 win over Waconia.

Over in Class A No. 11A Delano took down No. 6A 2-1 in overtime on a strong goaltending effort by Evan Geyen who stopped 32 shots including 23 in the final two periods and overtime. Bryce Peterson scored the game-winner on a power play in the extra frame after the Zephyrs were called for too many men on the ice. Daniel Halonen also scored for Delano and Joe McCabe assisted on both goals. Ryan Lipovitz scored the lone goal for the Zephyrs who fell to 3-7-0. They will battle No. 4 Orono Dec. 30. Delano improved to 6-2-0 and will host No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral Saturday.

No. 5A East Grand Forks got eight goals from eight different skaters in an 8-0 win over Fargo Davies. Cole Bies, Landon Jamieson, Cullen Schmitz, Jace Van Eps, Nolan Muelebroeck, Brock Schultz, Grant Burger and Jake Panzer all found the net for the Green Wave who improved to 7-3- and will face No. 3A Warroad tonight in Warroad.

Jake Geiger scored twice and Cayden Monson had a goal and three assists as No. 8A Northfield beat Mankato East 4-1.

No. 9A Northern Lakes avenged their 6-3 loss to Alexandria with a 7-1 trouncing of Wadena-Deer Creek. Logan Verville scored twice and Jerome Martin, Sutton Sullivan and Logan Fogarty all had a goal and an assist for the Lightning who improved to 6-1-0.

Speaking of Alexandria, they continued their solid play with their second straight win over a ranked opponent with a convincing 5-1 win over No. 14A Little Falls. Brody Berg had two goals and an assist and Caleb Lind added a goal and an assist to lead the Cardinals who improved to 4-4-1. Remi Chisholm had the lone goal for the Flyers who fell to 4-4-0. Alexandria netminder Brady Metcalf continues to play well in goal and had 24 saves to earn the win. He now posts a .923 save percentage.

No. 13A Hibbing/Chisholm needed overtime to beat Cambridge/Isanti 5-4. Tate Swanson scored his second of the game in overtime to earn the win. Cambridge/Isanti scored three straight goals to erase a 4-1 deficit and tie it. Seth Terhell had two goals and Caleb Wisen and Sean Brown also scored. Kevin Elsner, Jace Kampsula and Christian Edmonds also scored for Hibbing/Chisholm.

Joe Alexander scored four goals and added two assists and Ben Kerkow added a hat trick and two assists to lead Chisago Lakes to an 11-1 win over Becker/Big Lake. Austin Slettom had four assists and Griffin Perrrault also scored twice to lead the Wildcats to the win.

Wyatt Farell scored twice and Ethan Mhyre had a goal and two assists to lead La Crescent-Hokah to a 7-2 win over Waseca.

Matt Corniea and Joaquin Ochocki each scored twice to lead St. Paul Johnson to a 5-3 win over Fairmont. Alex Themmes added two assists and Justin Kasper stopped 37 shots to lead Johnson to their second win of the season.

Cole Deraney had a hat trick and Brock Bender two goals and three assists to lead Detroit Lakes to a 11-0 win over Breckenridge/Wahpeton. Will Cymbaluk had four assists and Kash Benson and Dalton Songstad each scored twice as well in the win.

Maddux Domagala had six goals and Owen Sundega four to lead Luverne to an 18-2 win over Worthington

Other scores on the night:

Princeton 4, Mora/Milaca 2

Park Rapids 5, Red Lake Falls 4

Fergus Falls 6, Willmar 0

Moose Lake Area 4, Bagley/Fosston 3

Greenway 4, Ely 1

Gentry Academy 7, Hudson (WI) 1

Elk River/Zimmerman 4, St. Michael-Albertville 1

Southwest Christian/Richfield 6, Blake 3

Hutchinson 4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 3

Winona 7, Albert Lea 1

Two Rivers 3, Irondale 2

New Prague 9, Rochester Lourdes 0

Buffalo 2, St. Cloud 2

Thief River Falls 5, Crookston 0

Duluth Marshall 8, International Falls 2