Recapping the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Champions and games

Boys Hockey

Boys Hockey Champion Gentry Academy 

Gentry Academy went 3-0 in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic with wins against Pine City Area, No.13A Hibbing/Chisholm, and Duluth Marshall. The Stars came into the tournament winning eight of their last 10 games. 

Ryder Betzold had a goal and assist in Gentry’s 4-2 win over Hibbing/Chisholm. LPH PHOTO BY CHRISTINE WISCH

Round one: Gentry Academy 6, Pine City Area 0

Gentry Academy was the lone team to score in the first when Michael Casey put the Stars on top. Gentry Academy then exploded for four goals in the second period, with goals from Brock Fairbanks, Easton Rooney, Ryder Betzold, and Kewz Harper. Betzold now has 13 goals in 12 games. Harper added another goal in the third giving Gentry Academy a 6-0 win over Pine City Area.  Jaxon Stiller stopped all 15 shots he faced for Gentry, while Aaron Rootkie was busy at the other end, stopping 54 of 60 shots for PCA. Gentry has played the most games in their section and has the most wins and improved to 9-3-0. 

Round two: Gentry Academy 4, No.13A Hibbing/Chisholm 2

Brock Fairbanks started the scoring for Gentry Academy in the second round of the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic at the Super Rink. Another Gentry goal, from Ryder Betzold, had Hibbing/Chisholm trailing 2-0 in the third period before Isaiah Hildenbrand put home the Blue Jackets’ first goal of the afternoon. Hibbing/Chisholm struck again at the 8:34 mark tying the game at two apiece, but Stars’ Dakotah Bailey stopped the Bluejackets’ hopes for a comeback putting Gentry up 3-2 before an empty net goal sealed the 4-2 Stars win over Hibbing/Chisholm. Gentry Academy pitted them against Duluth Marshall in Thursday’s championship round at Ridder Arena. 

Championship: Gentry Academy 3, Duluth Marshall 0

Gentry Academy’s Captain Michael Casey starts a breakout against Duluth Marshall. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY CHRISTINE WISCH.

In the Championship game Gentry Academy took on Duluth Marshall at Ridder Arena. The Stars stayed hot to go undefeated in the tournament taking down the Hilltoppers 3-0 to claim the Championship trophy. The Stars have now won their last seven, and nine of their last ten games. Duluth Marshall fell to 6-4-1 on the season. 

Tournament Recap:

Wednesday, December 27 

Duluth Marshall 4, Two Rivers 1

Duluth Marshall’s Kaenan Smith had 25 saves on 26 shots against Two Rivers.

Jonas Martinelli scored just over a minute into the game for Duluth Marshall but Patrick Karlen responded for Two Rivers nearing the end of the first period. That was Two Rivers’ only goal in the game as Duluth Marshall handled the time of possession in the second and third. Hilltoppers’ Pacey Adduono scored once in the second, and Bennett Scissons had one in the middle frame and one in the third to complete the 4-1 win. The Hilltoppers advanced to the championship game at Ridder Arena against Gentry Academy on Thursday. 

Red Lake Falls 5, Smiley 1

Red Lake Falls won the consolation semifinal 5-1 over Simley at the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic at the Super Rink Wednesday. Blake Brieland scored twice and Gavin Girdler had two goals and two assists to lead the Eagles to their seventh win (7-3-0). Girdler now has 18 goals on the season. Brieland has 11. Alex Miller scored Simley’s only goal as they fell to 3-8-1 on the season.

Pine City Area 4, No. 18A Breck 3

Hunter Haug’s goal at the 10:48 mark of the second period proved to be the game-winner as Pine City held on to beat No. 18A Breck 4-3 in the consolation semifinal. Blake Painovich scored twice for the Dragons and added an assist. McCall Leger added a pair of assists and Weston Clementson scored the other goal to help Pine City improve to 4-7-0. Breck’s Nate Miller had a goal and an assist and Bryce Blake had two assists as the Mustangs fell to 5-5-1.

Thursday, December 28

Third Place 

No.13A Hibbing/Chisholm 3, Two River 1

After Hibbing/Chisholm’s narrow loss to Gentry Academy on Wednesday, the Bluejackets came out in the third place game with a win over Two Rivers 3-1. After a scoreless first period, Landon Monsour got the scoring started for Two Rivers, but Jace Kampsula responded for Hibbing/Chisholm tying the game at 1-1. The Bluejackets took over the third period with goals from Isaiah Hildenbrand and Blaydon Kubena-McCue and took home the third-place trophy after a 3-1 win over Two Rivers. 


Red Lake Falls 4, Pine City Area 3

In the Consolation game at the Super Rink, Red Lake Falls faced off with Pine City Area. PCA scored three second-period goals, two from Gavin Broz, and one from McCall Leger as they held a 3-2 lead in the third period. Red Lake Falls Gavin Girdler got the tying goal at the 7:19 mark of the third frame, deadlocking the game at 3-3. These two teams needed overtime and it was Girdler again who was the hero of the game scoring the overtime winner at 6:39 of the OT period. RLF took home the consolation trophy with a 4-3 win over Pine City Area. 

7th Place 

No.18A Breck finished the tournament on a high note, taking down Simley 7-1

Girls Hockey Gold 

Girls Hockey Gold Champion Duluth Marshall 

Ilsa Lindaman scored three goals for Duluth Marshall in their win over Luverne. She now has 38 goals on the year.

No. 4A Duluth Marshall continued their dominance through the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic, getting by Hudson, Luverne, and Wayzata to claim the Championship. They moved to 15-1-1 on the year, their only loss  on November 11 against No. 3A Warroad. The Hilltoppers have the state’s top scorer Ilsa Lindaman, who leads Minnesota with 38 goals. She also has 18 assists for a total of 56 points. Lindaman was active in Duluth Marshall’s route to the Championship, scoring two goals and two assists in the first game, and a hat trick in game two. 

Round one:

No. 4A Duluth Marshall 5, Hudson 0

No. 4A Duluth Marshall took on Hudson in the first round. The Hilltoppers got three first-period goals, the first from Lindaman. Eva Etter and Myriam Tupper also added goals. Lindaman and Etter both scored again in the second period and after a scoreless third, the Hilltoppers completed their 5-0 win. Lindaman had four points with two assists to go with her two goals, and Aurelia Anderson got her fourth shutout of the season for Duluth Marshall. 

No.4A Duluth Marshall 5, No.17A Luverne 1

Lindaman had another three-goal game against Luverne. Annie Bachand started scoring for the Hilltoppers, and Sydney Erickson had the other goal for Duluth Marshall while Lindaman scored the other three. Tenley Behr had Luverne’s lone goal in Duluth Marshall’s 5-1 win over Luverne. The Hilltoppers move on to play Wayzata in the Championship game at Ridder Arena on Thursday. 

No. 4A Duluth Marshall 4, Wayzata 3

No.4A Duluth Marshall and Wayzata battled inside Ridder Arena Thursday night for the Gold Division title. The two teams skated to a 3-3 tie after three periods, leading to a shootout. The shootout went the way of the Hilltoppers, as they took down Wayzata 4-3 and won the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Gold bracket.

Girls High School Gold Division Champions Duluth Marshall. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUPER RINK


Tournament Recap:

Mankato East 2, Wayzata 3

Nicole Britz scored a goal in Wayzata’s 3-2 win over Mankato East.

Nicole Britz and Shyla Sanders both scored giving Wayzata a 2-0 lead in the second period, before Mankato East climbed their way back with Sydney Wang and Ava Tibadeau goals Mankato East tied the game at two ending the second period. Trojans’ Morgan Kennedy scored at the 5:31 mark and Malin Erickson was forced to make some key saves in the third, and she was up to the task, stopping every shot she faced en route to a 3-2 win over Mankato East. Wayzata advanced to face Duluth Marshall on Thursday at Ridder Arena. 

Mounds View/Irondale 4, Duluth 2

Three second-period goals from Mounds View/Irondale from Gabrielle Bullert, Sarah Johnson, and Lauren Ballinger lifted MVI over Duluth 4-2. MVI will face No.10A River Lakes in the Consolation game at the Super Rink. 

No.10A River Lakes 5, Hudson 2

After a loss to Luverne in the first round of the tournament River Lakes rebounded as Sophia Hess and Abby Storms both had two goals in the Stars’ 5-2 win over Hudson. 

Thursday, December 28

Third Place 

No. 17A Luverne 4, Mankato East 3

In the third-place game, Luverne faced Mankato East on Thursday inside the Super Rink. After falling to Duluth East in the second round, Luverne rebounded with a 4-3 win over Mankato East to claim the third place trophy. The Cardinals moved to 9-5-0 on the season while Mankato East fell to 9-6-1. 


No. 10A River Lakes 0, Mounds View/Irondale 3

Over in the Super Rink, River Lakes and Mounds View/Irondale  battled for the consolation trophy. MVI had a strong defensive game and good goaltending as they held the Stars scoreless and skated to a 3-0 win, claiming the consolation trophy. 

7th Place 

Duluth 4, Hudson 1

In the 7th place game, Duluth went up against Hudson, and it was Duluth who finished the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic on a high note, taking down the Raiders 4-1.

Girls Hockey Silver 


Girls Hockey Silver Champion Northern Tier

Section 7AA Northern Tier when 3-0 en route to a Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Championship win in the Silver Division. They moved to 9-4-1 on the season after the weekend, their last loss coming against Pine City Area on Dec. 19, but Northern Tier got their revenge in the championship game. They also played Rochester Mayo, and North Shore during their run. 

Northern Tier 4, Rochester Mayo 1

In Northern Tier’s first game of the tournament, they took on Section 1AA Rochester Mayo. After three first-period goals from Taylor Kozak, Olivia Nielsen and Chloe King Northern Tier took a demanding 3-0 lead into the second. King scored her 13th goal of the season, she also has eight assists for 21 total points on the year. King got another goal, and Claire Siems scored the lone goal for Rochester Mayo in the second period. Northern Tier moved on to the second round after the 4-1 win. King had two goals and one assist. Jaden Kozak had two points with a couple of helpers.

Northern Tier 1, North Shore 0

King was the lone goal scorer in the game as Northern Tier took down North Shore 1-0. It was King’s 14th goal in 14 games as she continues a great sophomore season. Northern Tier’s Mackenzie Baumgardt stopped all 18 shots she faced while Harper Powell had 17 saves of 18 shots for North Shore. Northern Tier moved on to the championship round to face Pine City on Thursday at Ridder Arena

Northern Tier 4, No.15A Pine City Area 3

Both teams exchanged goals in the first and second periods, as the game was deadlocked at 2-2 in the third period. Chloe King and Natalie Cheney both scored late in the third period for Nothern Tier giving them a 4-2 lead. Madison Perreault did get PCA a goal with under five minutes remaining but they couldn’t net another one as Northern Tier headed home with a Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Championship 4-3 win over Pine City.

Girls High School Silver Division Champions Northern Tier. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUPER RINK

Wednesday, December 27

Western Wisconsin 2, No. 15A Pine City Area 4

At the 10-minute mark of the opening period, Ashley Jensen lit the lamp for Western Wisconsin, but it only took 13 seconds for Alana Linnell to answer and tie the game at one for Pine City. Pine City Area took the momentum and rode it the rest of the game scoring three unanswered goals from Lena Roubinek, Madison Perreault, and Rhiannon Ashworth. Izzy Johnson scored a late goal for the Stars but it wasn’t enough as Pine City held on for a 4-2 win over Wisconsin. Pine City advanced to the Championship game Thursday at Ridder Arena against Northern Tier. 

Northern Tier 1, North Shore 0

Northern Tier’s Chloe King was the lone goal scorer in the game as Tier took down North Shore 1-0. King has 14 goals through 14 games as she continues a great Sophomore season. Northern Tier’s Mackenzie Baumgardt stopped all 18 shots she faced while Harper Powell had 17 saves of 18 shots for North Shore. Northern Tier moved on to the Championship round to face Pine City on Thursday at Ridder Arena. 

Univ. School of Milwaukee 1, Rochester Mayo 0

In another low-scoring game, the University School of Milwaukee took down Rochester Mayo 1-0. Charlotte Fetherston was the game’s lone goal scorer for the Wildcats, and Molly Jex had 11 saves in the shutout. Hailey Gurtner stopped 27 shots of 28 for Rochester Mayo. 

Thursday, December 28

Third Place 

Western Wisconsin 4, North Shore 1

Western Wisconsin held North Shore scoreless for two periods while getting a first-period goal from Charlotte Rea and a second-period goal from Brooke Olson. North Shore scored in the third period from a Sierra Geatz goal, but the Stars had two goals in the third to secure the third place trophy with a 4-1 win. 


Univ. School of Milwaukee 4, Winona 2

After their win over Rochester Mayo, the Wildcats kept the momentum in their 4-2 win over Winona to claim the consolation trophy.  

Junior Gold Champions

Junior Gold A 

Osseo Maple Grove was a high-scoring team during their Championship run in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic. They started the weekend with a win against Saint Paul 6-5. They suffered a loss in round two as they fell to Rosemount 7-5 but bounced back with a win over Sioux Falls. With the win against the Flyers, the Saints moved to the Championship game for a rematch with Sioux Falls, where they took home the Championship with a 2-1 win over the Tommies. 

Junior Gold B GOLD 

Shakopee went 3-0 in the Junior Gold B Gold tournament, as they scored less than five goals in just one game. Their first game was against Osseo Maple Grove where they took down the Saints 5-3. They came out in game two against Rock Ridge and put up six goals, in a 6-2 win, and advanced to the championship. In the championship game, the Sabers faced Farmington, the only other team in the tournament that had not lost a game. Shakopee netted four goals en route to their 4-2 win over Farmington to claim their Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Championship. 

Junior Gold B Silver

Forest Lake Junior Gold B was victorious in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic after going 3-0 over the week. Forest Lake started the tournament with a win against Chaska/Chanhassen 6-3. They copied that score in game two against Rosemount winning 6-3 again. Forest Lake was faced up with the Chiefs in the Championship game. The Chiefs lost in their first game to Saint Paul but routed White Bear Lake to earn their appearance in the Championship game. In a close game inside Schwan’s Super Rink Forest Lake sneaked by the Chiefs 4-3 to claim the Championship title. 

Junior Gold 16U 

Forest Lake is bringing home more hardware, as the Forest Lake Junior Gold 16U heads home with another championship. They started the tournament with a dominating 7-0 win over Rogers, and followed it up with another shutout, this time against Minnetonka 6-0. Forest Lake got paired up with Saint Paul in the Championship game. The Tommies had a similar path to the game with two dominant wins, one against Elk River 7-2, and the other against Osseo Maple Grove where they won 7-0. The two top teams in the tournament battled for three periods, but Forest Lake came out on top in a close 3-2 win over Saint Paul.

Junior Gold Champions form Forest Lake. Team championship photos courtesy of the Super Rink.