Cathedral junior Joey Gillespie had a hat trick as the Crusaders’ top line was clicking all day.

Gillespie’s hat trick leads No. 4 Cathedral

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Boys Hockey – Results from Dec. 2, 2023

Saturday capped off a big second week in boys hockey with some marquee matchups that will no doubt affect this week’s Let’s Play Hockey Rankings.

Top-ranked East Grand Forks visited St. Cloud Cathedral Saturday at the MAC to take on the No. 4 Crusaders in a clash between two Class A elites. And the Crusaders came out on top with a convincing 5-2 win over the Green Wave.

Cathedral junior Joey Gillespie had a hat trick as the Crusaders’ top line was clicking all day. Noah Klein got the Crusaders on board first with a quick snipe from the slot after a Green Wave turnover in their own end.

But East Grand Forks rallied with goals by Hunter Varnson and Grady Magner before the buzzer to lead 2-1 after the first period.

It stayed 2-1 until the 9-minute mark in the second when Gillespie broke free after a feed from linemate Andrew Dwinnell to tie the game at 2-2. Just four minutes later Gillespie netted his second on the day when he slithered in a wrister from just outside the dot in the right circle.

Gillespie completed his hat trick eight minutes into the third period for a 4-2 lead.

Cathedral maintained the flow of the play for much of the third period, allowing just six shots on goal. East Grand Forlks pulled their goalie, but Cathedral’s Vincent Gebhardt scored one of the more unique empty net goals you will see.


The win improved the Crusaders to 3-0-1. They now have wins over both EGF and Warroad, who they defeated Warroad Nov. 25. They also defeated Providence Academy and tied Thief River Falls in the season opener.

East Grand Forks fell to 4-1-0 with the loss.


Hermantown and Hill skate to 3-3 tie

No. 2 in Class A, Hermantown, made their way over to Aldrich Arena where they took on the No. 5AA-ranked Hill-Murray Pioneers. The Hawks were coming off a 2-1 win the night prior to No. 10AA Cretin-Derham Hall, and they carried that momentum into their clash with the Pioneers with three first-period goals. William Eastbrooks, River Freeman and Alxander Francisco gave the Hawks a commanding lead, but the Pioneers came out buzzing in the second and outshot the Hawks 20-4, scoring twice with Landon Cottingham and Joseph Luger lighting the lamp.

Simon Seidl, who assisted on both goals, tied the game five minutes into the third with a short-handed goal. And that’s how it ended as both goalies played well in the waning minutes and in overtime as both teams skated to a tie.

Simon Seidl celebrates after scoring the game-tying goal in the third period. Photo by Jeff Anderson, Let’s Play Hockey

Hermantown’s Dane Callaway had 40 saves, including seven in overtime, and Hill-Murray’s Andrew Lane finished with 20.

In another battle between top-5 teams, No. 5A Warroad traveled to No. 3A Mahtomedi and in a high-scoring affair came away victors 7-6. Ryan Lund scored the game winner in overtime, his fourth goal of the game, to give the Warriors the win. The teams scored 12 goals through the first two periods and were deadlocked 6-6 heading into the third. But neither team could find the back of the net forcing an overtime.

The Zephyrs scored five first-period goals, three coming off the tape of Patrick Egan. Winston Wright and Jimmy Egan also scored. Warroad countered with Lund, Taven James and Murray Marvin-Cordes. Two quick goals by Lund to complete a hat trick tied the game 5-5 in the second, and Dominic Anthony gave the Warriors a 6-5 lead midway through the second. But Patrick Egan tied it with his fourth goal of the game.

Warroad was able to kill off a penalty at the end of regulation and into overtime before Lund sent everybody home.

Calvin-Cordes finished with a goal and four assists for the Warriors. Lund added an assist for a five-point day. James had a goal and two assists and Carson Pilgrim had three assists.

Mahtomedi’s Jimmy Egan led all scorers with six points on a goal and five helpers. Patrick Egan finished with four goals and an assist and Jake Hodd-Chlebeck had three assists.

Warroad outshot the Zephyrs 60-45, Warrior goaltender Ben Norris had 39 saves, Mahtomedi’s Charlie Brandt and Wes Strub split time in goal with Brandt making 32 saves and Strub 21.

Warroad improved to 3-1-0 while Mahtomedi fell to 1-3-0.

In other games around the state of hockey, top-ranked Minnetonka stayed unbeaten with a 6-0 win over Eastview. They have now outscored opponents 31-3 and are 4-0-0 on the season. They have outshot opponents 166-43 including outshooting Eastview 51-5 on Saturday. Hagen Burrows, Luke Garry, Alex Lunski and Javon Moore all had three points for the Skippers.

In what could be deemed a pretty good upset, No. 16 Benilde-St. Margaret’s defeated No. 3 Edina 3-1 Saturday at Braemar in a penalty-ridden game where there were 21 infractions between the two squads.

Benilde got out to a 3-0 lead and Edina got a late goal from Mason West, but it wasn’t enough as goals by Ben Norris, Caleb Koskie and Mason Stenger along with a 22-save performance by goalie by Mason McElroy was enough for the Red Knights who improved to 2-0. Edina suffered their first loss and fell to 3-1.

In other scores from around the state of hockey:

Wadena-Deer Creek 9, Redwood Valley 0

Jaeger Pettit, Cooper Ness and Carson Davis each had two goals to lead the Wolverines who improved to 2-2.

Forest Lake 3, #18AA Grand Rapids 2 OT

It took Cole Rivard just 47 seconds in overtime to lift Forest Lake past Grand Rapids.  Forest lake also got two goals from Caeden Speidel. Grand Rapids scorers were Seth Carlson and Kyler Miller. Forest Lake goalie Alex Saxe made 27 saves.

#9AA Maple Grove 4, Stillwater 2

The Crimson needed three third-period goals to get past Stillwater Saturday in a 4-2 win.

After the Ponies’ Brody Dustin and Will Kane scored Maple Grove’s Luke Guiliani scored the first of his two goals on the day. Connor Stelljes and Brady Aubut also scored and Guiliani sealed the win with an empty netter. Owen Smith added two assists for the Crimson.

#4AA Rogers 8, Mound View 2

Mason Jenson scored four goals as Rogers remained unbeaten in an 8-2 win over Mounds View. Nolan Geerdes and Drew Kekelberg each had three assists as the Royals improved to 4-0.

#18 A ranked Minneapolis took down Hutchinson 5-2, Blake outpassed Sartell 5-4, Prairie Centre routed Fairmont 12-4, and James Rieland had six points with two goals and four assists. 

#19A Little Falls is looking like they could be moving up the Let’s Play Hockey rankings as they took on #7A Orono. Carter Oothoudt came up clutch, scoring late in the third period to tie the game and get these two ranked teams to overtime, and just under two minutes into the OT period Cayden Effertz sent the Spartans home happy, winning 4-3 over the Flyers. Little Falls may have lost, but they move to 2-2 on the year losing to two ranked teams Monticello and now Orono. Luke Avery scored twice in the loss. Hayden Simon, Cayden Effertz, Joey Mugaas, and Jackson Knights all scored in the win. Little Falls netminder was excellent, stopping 49 out of 53 for the Flyers. 

Ely took down Mora/Milaca 2-1, #12A Ranked Delano squeezed by Buffalo 2-1 to get their first win, Becker/Big Lake routed Bagley/Fossten 7-2, Coon Rapids is in search of a top 20 slot in our rankings after a dominating 7-0 win over Duluth Denfeld. 

Chisago Lakes fell to Gentry Academy 5-3, the Stars are itching to break the top 20, Litchfield/Dassel Cokato beat Morris/benson Area 6-3, North Shore and #14A Northern Lakes couldn’t find a winner in a 0-0 tie, River Lakes beat Breckenridge/Wahpeton 11-0.

#10A ranked Hibbing/Chisholm traveled to Mankato East where Benny Galli and Tate Swanson both scored three points, with one goal and two assist in their 4-2 win over Mankato East. Ayden Jerkovich and Mason McDonald each scored in the win while Christian Theuninck and Edward Engen scored in the loss. 

Rochester Century/John Marshall took down Chaska in a thrilling 6-5 victory, Lake of the Woods defeated MayPort (ND) 4-2,

 #2AA ranked Wayzata took down #14AA ranked Duluth East 6-0. Rhys Wallin scored two goals and two assists, Luke Miller had two goals, Brittan Alstead had one goal and two assists, and Brooks Gengler had one goal and two assists in the win. Evan Turek saved all 11 shots he saw. 

Two Rivers routed Anoka 7-0, Mankato West fell to Apple valley Burnsville 1-0, Lakeville South beat Blaine 4-2. #13A ranked Cloquet/Esko/Carlton beat Bloomington Jefferson 4-2, Breck and Duluth Marshall skated to a 3-3 tie, St. Paul Highland Park defeated Hopkins 5-3. Rock Ridge looks to crack the top 20 with a 7-0 win over Providence Academy, #19AA Champlin Park tied Spring Lake Park 5-5, Tartan also tied with Northern Edge, #20AA ranked Centennial routed Totino-Grace 7-2, Woodbury fell to Holy Angels 7-1. 

Roseville defeated #17A Ranked Dodge County 7-2 on Saturday. Billy Connelly had a massive game scoring six points with four goals and two assists, Charlie Arntzen also had six points with one goal and five assists, Louis Arntzen had one goal and three assists. Jovan Fowler had a goal in the win. Dylan Keeley had 26 saves on 28 shots in the win. 

#15AA ranked Holy Family took down Prior Lake 5-1, Waseca fell to Luverne in a close 2-1 game, Roseau defeated Brainerd 6-4, and Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper fell to St. Louis Park 5-3.