Wayzata rebounds from loss to Edina, Lechner joins 600-club
and more Thursday night action
No. 2AA Wayzata 5, Roseau 4
Wayzata rebounds from their first loss of the season with a 5-4 win over Roseau Thursday evening. The Trojans improved to 15-1-2 on the season and will play Moorhead on Saturday in Warroad for Hockey Day Minnesota.
Wayzata scored four goals in the first period from Jake Mattson, Hawke Huff, Eli Molde, and Rhys Wallin. Roseau got goals from Noah Urness and Isaac Baumgartner as the Rams trailed 4-2 after one period. Cade De St Hubert added to the Trojan’s lead with a second-period goal. Roseau had a valiant comeback attempt when Jake Kvien and James Jaques both scored but it wasn’t enough as Wayzata sneaked away with the win.
Cade De St. Hubert reached the 100-point milestone in the win.
— Wayzata Boys Hockey (@WHS_boyshockey) January 26, 2024
No. 14AA Hill-Murray 9, No. 5A Mahtomedi 1
Hill-Murray scored four second-period goals en route to a big 9-1 win over Mahtomedi. The Pioneers improved to 10-5-2 and will face No. 7AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Saturday. Mahtomedi fell to 8-10-0 and will host Two Rivers on Monday.
The win was Hill-Murray Head Coach Bill Lechner’s 600th victory. He becomes just the fifth coach in the state’s rich hockey history to achieve the milestone.
Hill-Murray got two first-period goals from Simon Seidl and one from Cullen Ingebritson as they held a 3-0 lead after one period. The Pioneers exploded for four goals in the second period, from Boden Sampair, Joseph Luger, Chaz Lentz, and Ryan Madigan. Jake Hodd-Chlebeck scored the Zephyrs’ lone goal in the second period as they trailed 7-1 after two periods. Landon Cottingham and Lentz both scored for Hill-Murray in the third period increasing the lead for a massive win over Mahtomedi.
— Hill-Murray Hockey (@HMBoysHockey) January 26, 2024
No. 10AA Shakopee 5, No. 18AA Gentry Academy 3
Shakopee wins their fourth straight game after taking down Gentry Academy 5-3 on Thursday night. The Sabres improved to 14-3-1 on the year with Eagan next on Tuesday. Gentry Academy lost their second straight to fall to 15-5-0 on the season. The Stars will look to get back on track Tuesday when they play Coon Rapids.
The University of North Dakota commit Cooper Simpson scored early in the first period and again early in the second period for Shakopee, as they held a 2-0 lead in the second. Cooper Siegert got the Sabres up 3-0 when he scored at the 5:15 mark. Brock Fairbanks got Gentry Academy on the board at the 7:28 mark of the second period. Then Justin O’Brochta found twine, to get the Stars back within one, 3-2 after two periods. Shakopee regained the two-goal lead after Nate Pederson scored on the power play in the third period. Easton Rooney struck back for Gentry Academy, scoring halfway through the third period to get back within one. The Stars’ comeback hopes were squashed when Siegert scored his second goal of the game to secure the win for Shakopee. Sabres’ goalie Aleksi Huson had a great game, stopping 42 of 45 shots.
No. 11AA Andover 8, Spring Lake Park 2
Andover outshot Spring Lake Park a big 41-7 in their 8-2 win. The Huskies improved to 13-5-1 on the season with Coon Rapids next on Saturday.
Gavin Sullivan scored the opening goal for Andover, assisted by Landon Stringfellow. Luke Banieau, Rocko Gorowsky, and Ben Doll all also scored in the first period, and Andover held a 4-0 lead into the second period. Austin Westman struck at the 2:25 mark of the first period assisted by Caiden Belisle and Gavin Sullivan. Spring Lake Park finally got on the board when Drew Lindquist scored at the 8:28 mark assisted by Teddy Wackman and Toby Tranby. 5-1 was the score starting the third period, but that lasted just 15 seconds into the final frame when Brooks Cogswell scored for Andover. Sullivan scored his second goal of the game and Crosby Perry got the Huskies final goal of the game. Ian Roell scored on the powerplay late in the game for Spring Lake Park, but Andover skated away with a big win.
No. 1AA Minnetonka 18, St. Michael-Albertville 0
Minnetonka stays undefeated with a massive 18-0 win over St. Michael-Albertville. The Skippers improved to 16-0-2 on the season, and remain one of the hottest teams in the State of Hockey.
In the first period, Luke Garry, Alex Lunski, Ashton Schultz, Hagen Burrows, and Gavin Garry all scored as Minnetonka held a 5-0 lead after the first period. In the second period, Schultz scored again, followed by a Harrison Browning goal, both within the first two minutes of the second period. Schultz completed his hattrick at the 4:19 mark of the middle frame. Danny Klaers, Sam Scheetz, L. Garry, and Scheetz again all scored in the second period, as the Skippers were dominating with a 12-0 lead after just two periods. David Baer, G. Garry, L. Garry, Burrows, Baer, and L. Garry again scored goals in the final period as the Skippers skated away with the blowout win over St. Michael-Albertville. L. Garry had four goals and two assists, Denver University commit Burrows had two goals and five assists for the Skippers. Hunter Bauer completed his eighth shutout after stopping all nine shots he faced in the net.
Totino-Grace 4, No. 9AA Rogers 2
Totino-Grace scored three goals in the third period en route to an upset 4-2 win over Rogers. The Eagles improved to 11-7-0 on the season and will play Champlin Park on Saturday. Rogers dropped to 11-6-2 and traveled to Stillwater to face the Ponies on Tuesday.
Colton Horak got the scoring started for Totino-Grace but Keaton Weis answered right back for Rogers tying the game at 1-1. In the second period, Brandon Swanson gave Rogers their first lead of the game scoring at the 6:02 mark. Totino-Grace answered back with three straight goals. Clayton Derr scored one and Tre Peck scored two goals to give the Eagles the win. Matt Uremovich was excellent in net for TG stopping 31 of 33 in net.
No. 7AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 7, Waconia 0
Benilde-St. Margaret’s outshot Waconia 58-7 in their 7-0 win over Waconia. BSM improved to 12-4-1 on the season and will face No. 14AA Hill-Murray on Saturday.
Taylor Salmon got the scoring started for Benilde-St. Margaret’s seven minutes in. Dylan Pepehn scored again for the Red Knights at the 13:15 mark, as BSM held a 2-0 lead after the first period. In the second period, Ben Norris scored four minutes into the frame for Benilde-St. Margaret’s to go ahead 3-0. Junior Pedein then scored two straight goals for the Red Knights as they took a 5-0 lead into the third period. AJ Ulrich and Noah Johnson both added goals in the third period for BSM as they skated away with the shutout win over Waconia.
No. 17AA White Bear Lake 4, Mounds View 1
Leo Gabriel made 29 saves for White Bear Lake as they skated by Mounds View 4-1. The Bears improved to 13-3-1 on the season and will face Eden Prairie on Tuesday.
St. Cloud State commit Nolan Roed scored twice in the first period for White Bear Lake as they held a 2-0 lead after one. The second period featured a goal from Will Distad for the Bears as they increased their lead. Mounds View got on the board when Johnny Conlin scored late in the second period. Dylan Buetow added to White Bear Lakes’ lead in the third period as they skated to the win over Mounds View.
No. 14A Hibbing/Chisholm 3, Superior 2
Hibbing/Chisholm scored two goals in the second period to squeeze away with a 3-2 win over Superior (Wis.). The Bluejackets improved their season record to 13-7-0 and they travel to No.18A Cloquet-Esko-Carlton on Friday.
In the first period, Tate Swanson scored an early goal assisted by Isiah Strukel and Benny Galli. Superior answered back just 30 seconds later when Tyler Olson tied the game at one. Hibbing/Chisholm scored two straight goals in the second period when Kelin Elsner and Jace Kampsula both scored, as the Bluejackets held a 3-1 lead. After Elsner got called for tripping for Hibbing/Chisholm, Cayden Reamer scored on the power play for Superior. The comeback attempt came up short as the Blue Jackets blue line stood tall, allowing just two shots in the third period and holding on to the win.
No. 6AA Eden Prairie 3, Buffalo 2
Eden Prairie scored a goal in each period as they were snuck by Buffalo 3-2 on Thursday night. The Eagles improved to 11-5-1, with No. 3AA Edina coming to town on Saturday.
Alex Hall got the scoring started in the first period at the 12:55 mark. In the second period, Eli Tiernan scored the tying goal on the power play for Buffalo. Mason Moe scored the go-ahead goal for Eden Prairie as they held a 2-1 lead after two periods. In the third period, Moe scored his second goal of the game, increasing the lead to 3-1. Brandon Rodenwald scored for Buffalo but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles skated to the win. Despite the loss, Max Varner stopped 34 of 37 shots for Buffalo. Isaiah Paulnock stopped 12 shots for Eden Prairie.
No. 13AA Centennial 7, Champlin Park 2
Harper Searles scored four points for Centennial as they skated away with a 7-2 win over Champlin Park. The Cougars improved their season record to 12-4-2 and played Duluth East on Wednesday.
A goal from Nick Carls 46 seconds into the game and two goals from Austin Peterson in the first period gave Centennial a 3-0 lead. Logan Adams and Heath Nelson both extended the Cougars lead in the second period. Trevor Aberwald and Will Burnevik both scored for Champlin Park, to get them within three goals at 5-2. Centennial scored two cushion goals from Alex Clampitt and Searless to secure the win.
Chaska 5, No. 9A Delano 4
Ryan Jirele scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to give Chaska the upset 5-4 win over Delano. Chaska claimed their third win and improved their record to 3-14-0, and will play No. 1AA Minnetonka on Saturday. Delano fell to 11-7-1 on the season and will look to rebound against Mound Westonka on Saturday.
Mason Hargarten scored on the power play early in the game for Delano, which gave them a 1-0 lead. Ty Smith also scored on the power play but for Chaska tying the game at one. Teague Collings answered back with a go-ahead goal for Delano, ending the first period up 2-1. In the second period, Chaska took over, scoring three straight goals. Colten Kinneman, Brayden Soderstrom, and Donovan Madsen all scored for Chaska as they held a 4-2 lead into the third. Hargarten completed his hat trick for Delano in the third period, tying the game at 4-4. Jirele played hero for Chaska scoring with just over a minute and a half left in the game to complete the upset win over Delano.
Nesheim with 42 saves and his first win of the season, as well as a balanced scoring attack, helped the Hawks bounce back from their worst game of the season Tuesday night to arguably their best tonight! Teachers are now required at every game! 😂#teacherappreciationnight https://t.co/OQOwKSGEhV
— Chaska Boys Hockey (@CHSboyshockey) January 26, 2024
No. 8A Monticello 3, Hutchinson 1
Monticello stays red hot winning their 12th straight game after a 3-1 win over Hutchinson. The Moose improved to 16-2-0 on the season and play Princeton on Tuesday.
Micah Sieben scored for Monticello at the 7:42 mark of the first period as they held a 1-0 lead after one. Following a scoreless second period, Manny Pearce scored on the power play for Hutchinson tying the game at 1-1 three minutes into the period. Monticello answered back with a go-ahead goal coming from Ashton Stoll. Liam O’Donnell added an insurance goal with the empty net and ensured the Moose with another win.
No. 11A Alexandria 6, Willmar 0
Alexandria traveled to Willmar on Thursday evening for a battle of the Section 6A Cardinals. Alexandria scored three first-period goals, leading to a demanding 6-0 win over Willmar. Alexandria improved back to .500 at 8-8-1 on the season with Detroit Lakes up next Tuesday. Alex’s goalie stopped all 15 shots he faced in net. The Cardinals of West-Central Minnesota outshot Willmar 46-15.
Jack Lamski scored Alexandria’s first goal, assisted by Niklas Schultz. Evan Klimek and Grady Olson followed up with goals of their own, both unassisted. In the second period, Evan Anderson was the period’s lone goal scorer. Gage Castle and Olson’s second goal completed the scoring for the Alexandria Cardinals and secured the shutout win over Willmar.
No. 4A East Grand Forks 11, Crookston 0
Hunter Varnson had four points with two goals and two assists for East Grand Forks in the Greenwaves’ big 11-0 win over Crookston. The Greenwave outshot the Pirates a massive 62-4. EGF improved to 13-6-1 on the season and will play Moorhead on Tuesday.
Cooper Hills, Varnson, Landon Jamieson, and Jace Panzer all scored in the first period to make the score 4-0. In the second period Nick Corbett, Varnson again, Nolan Meulebroeck, and Grady Magner found the back of the net increasing the score to 8-0 after two periods. Magner scored again along with Jordan Nowacki, and Jace Fore all got goals in the final frame skating away with the impressive win over Crookston.
No. 18A Southwest Christian/Richfield 2, Providence Academy 3
Kaden Martin stopped 24 shots as Providence Academy completed an upset 3-2 win over Southwest Christian/Richfield.
Eli Hoffman scored an unassisted goal in the first period for Southwest Christian/Richfield as they held a 1-0 lead after one period. Providence Academy scored two straight goals in the second period Louis Wehmann and Sammy Lewis. Providence Academy added to their lead in the third period when Josh Wilson scored, to take a 3-1 lead. With just five seconds left, Kaden Feltmann scored for SWCR but it was too late as Providence Academy secured the upset victory.