Ben Petroske pictured after scoring what would be the final goal of the game, the goal came in the second period. PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral stays unbeaten after win over No. 14A Alexandria 

by Jackson Boline

It was another exciting night Tuesday around the State of Hockey with a full slate of 45 boys’ hockey games. The last line of defense was sharp again on Tuesday, as there were plenty of goalies standing tall, win or lose.

This was the case in west-central Minnesota where two former section foes faced off with No. 14A Alexandria hosting No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral. The Crusaders owned time of possession in the first period, outshooting Alexandria 18-5. Cathedral made it difficult for Alexandria to assemble a clean breakout, making it hard for the Cardinals to gain much in the offensive zone and create any scoring chances. 

During the first period, Alexandria had an opportunity to get shots against Cathedral’s goalie Nick Hansen after a tripping penalty by Crusader Joey Gillespie. However, Andrew Dwinnell of St. Cloud scored a shorthanded goal at 9:53 into the game. 

Alexandria’s goalie Brady Metcalf came into the game sporting a sub-2.00 goals-against average  and came up big for the Cardinals, stopping 17 of 18 first-period shots. 

The second period was a similar story to the first, with Cathedral dominating time in the offensive zone, but it took until the 13:59 mark in the middle frame to get on the board. Ben Petroske scored on a lazar from the slot over the shoulder of Metcalf, giving St. Cloud Cathedral a 2-0 lead ending the second period. Despite the deficit, Metcalf was sharp again in the middle frame, stopping 17 for the second period in a row, including a highlight real save with the blade, at the time, keeping Alexandria within one.

Alexandria’s Brady Metcalf making a paddle save on Cathedral’s Andrew Dwinnell PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

With both teams blanked in the final period, Cathedral secured another win, this time beating Alexandria 2-0 to remain undefeated at 6-0-1 on the year. Dwinnell and Petroske both scored in the win, and Griffin Sturm, and John Hirschfeld both had helpers for Cathedral. Hansen stopped all 16 shots he faced in the shutout for St. Cloud. Alexandria’s Metcalf was brilliant, stopping 44 shots in the loss, and doing his best to keep the Cardinals in the game.  Alexandria fell to 2-3-1 on the year, and their difficult schedule continues with No. 4A Orono coming up next on Saturday.

No. 6A Mahtomedi clashed with No. 7AA Hill-Murray Tuesday night in a battle of the top tens. In the first period, each team exchanged chances but the Pioneers were the only team to find the back of the net with a Jude Bonin goal at the 9:52 mark of the game. 

Hill-Murray led in shots in the first period 12-6, and it was nearly the same result as they led in shots 11-6 over Mahtomedi in the middle frame. Zephyrs goalie Charlie Brandt stopped all 11 shots in the second to keep it a one-goal game heading into the final period. 

Hill-Murray’s Jude Bonin got the Pioneers on board in their win over Mahtomedi. PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

In the third period, Hill-Murray struck again, this time with a Caden Zasada goal, Max Strecker got Mahtomedi on the board for the first time, getting them back within two, but Lucas Mann put the final seal on the game scoring the Pioneers’ third goal, and sucuring Hill-Murray’s 3-1 win over Mahtomedi. Mann had a goal and assist, Simon Seidl and Seth Klepac each had two assists, and Tommy Miller had an assist for Hill-Murray in the win. Andrew Lane stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Pioneers, while Brandt had 37 saves on 40 shots for the Zephyrs. Strecker had the lone goal for Mahtomedi, and Gene Wegleitner, and Sam Harris both had assists. 

Staying in the category of Class A and AA battles with No. 15A Delano hosting newly ranked No. 19AA Southwest Christian/Richfield. This back-and-forth tilt started with a Stars goal from Tate Hardacre, but a late first-period response from Bryce Peterson of Delano deadlocked the game at one after one. 

Just under two minutes into the middle frame, the Tigers struck again, this time it was Junior Markus Kangas who found twine, but yet another response from the other team, this time SCR’s Christian Greer scored to even up the score again. The Stars kept the second-period momentum with a late goal from Owen Zick to carry a 3-2 lead into the third period. 

Almost a copy and paste from the second period, Delano scores just under two minutes into the third from Jake Heinzen, to tie the game at three a piece. Neither team was able to find a score again in the third so there was extra hockey in Delano, and the home team lit the lamp exactly two minutes in, securing a 4-3 win over Southwest Christian/Richfield. Peterson added an assist to his goal for Delano, while Jacob Perlich, Daniel Halonen, Brady Kangas, Vinny Cappelleri, and Brayden Coppin all had assists in the win for the Tigers, who improved to 3-2-0 on the season. Ashton Hendel, Paul Hornor, and Kaden Feltmann all had assists in the Stars’ loss, who fell to 2-1-0 this year. 

Over in Class A No. 9 traveled to No. 5A Northfield on Tuesday night as both teams have just one loss on the season. Northfield got the scoring started with a Christian Whiteman goal, but moments later Roman Thompson answered for Monticello. Northfield responded with another goal of their own, with Whiteman scoring for the second time in the period, and giving the Raiders a 2-1 lead. 

These two teams continued to exchange goals in the middle frame, with Monticello scoring just over a minute into the second period, this time from Liam O’Donnell, but yet again Northfield answered off a Griffin Kennely power-play goal, getting the Raider ahead 3-2 heading into the third period. 

Kam Kaiser and Cayden Monson both scored within 19 seconds of each other to give the Raiders some cushion in the final frame.  Nicklas Nelson and Jake Geiger both scored for the Moose, but it wasn’t enough as Northfield held on to win by a score of 6-3. Kaiser had a big day for the Raider, adding three assists to his goal, while Monson had two helpers with his goal, Geiger and Kennelly also had an assist and goal, Will Cashin had two assists, Oliver Benjamin, Ben Geiger, and Bridger Riley all had assists in the win for Northfield. Landon Scherber had two assists in the loss for the Moose, and Gunner Simon had an assist in the loss.

No. 7A Cloquet/Esko/Carlton scored two first-period goals en route to a tight 4-3 win over No. 16A Proctor Tuesday night. Ethan Kilichowski and Bobby Thornton scored in the first period for the Lumberjacks, and Karson Young came right out in the middle frame to score CCE’s third goal. Proctor found some momentum ending the second period with a Carson Pavlowich goal, and they brought it into the final frame tying the game at three after Austin Bryant and Tanner Ross’ goals for Proctor. At the 15:44 mark of the third period the Lumberjacks sealed the game on a Niko Gentilini power play goal, securing a CEC 4-3 win. Lumberjack’s Young and Kilichowski both had a goal and assist, and Jace Stewart had an assist in the win for CEC. Proctor’s Cooper Johnson, Avery Lee, and Cooper Annala all had assists in the loss.

Kam Hendrickson stopped all 21 shots he faced for No. 4AA Chanhassen in their 4-0 win over No. 13AA St. Thomas Academy on Tuesday night. Minnesota State commit Jack Christ scored in the first for the Storm, and Wisconsin commit Gavin Uhlenkamp had two goals in the game, his first was in the middle frame, and Andy Earl also had one in the second. Finally, Uhlenkamp’s second of the contest came in the third on the power play, giving Chanhassen a 4-0 shutout win over the Tommies. The Storm moved to 3-3-0 on the season, while STA fell to 3-3-0. 

No. 15AA Moorhead played host to unranked Sartell Tuesday night. This back-and-forth contest started with a Wyatt Laidlaw goal in the first for the Sabres, Sartell struck again in the second off a Carter Bollinger goal but Moorhead scored two second-period goals by Minnesota State commit Mason Kraft and Tyden Bergeson. It took most of the third period for either team to find a goal until Kraft struck again, scoring his fifth of the season to take the lead. Under two minutes later Sartell responded with a Tyden Bergeson goal, tying the game with nearly three minutes left in regulation. Sabre Noah Hacker, and Spud Kai Weigel both stood tall in overtime, as Weigel stopped all three shots, and Hacker stopped all 8 shots he saw in the extra period, ending the game with a 3-3 tie. Sartell has their eye set on a ranked spot, remaining undefeated at 5-0-1, while Moorhead moves to 3-3-1.

Kai Weigel stood tall in overtime, as Weigel stopped all three shots he saw. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN 

It took extra hockey in Apple Valley, as No. 11AA Shakopee took down unranked Apple Valley/Burnsville 5-4 in overtime. It looked as if an upset was brewing when Apple Valley/Burnsville got off to a 4-1 lead heading into the third period, with goals from Dylan Otten, Fisher Hatfield, Meyer Kreutzmann, and Eli Wells. Shakopee’s Zach Docteur scored Shakopee’s lone second-period goal, his first of three on the night. Shakopee came out in the third period firing, scoring three unanswered goals two more from Docteur and one from Cooper Siegert shorthanded at the 16:55 mark of the third. It took just under three minutes for Nate Pederson to end the game in OT, as Shakopee avoided the upset. Peterson added the game-winning goal after having three assists in the game. 

Some more scores around the state of hockey on Tuesday night: 

Blake Breiland (3g, 1a) and Gavin Girdler(4g) both had four points in Red Lake Falls’ 10-3 route over Kittson County Central. 

Carter Callan(3a), Caleb Koskie(1g, 2a), and Liam Kyle(1g, 2a) all had three points in No. 6AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 7-1 win over Chaska. 

Luke Marsalek stopped 26 shots for Academy of Holy Angels in their 4-1 win over Blaine. 

Park Rapids found their first win after taking down Breckenridge/Wahpeton 7-3. 

The goalies stood strong in Eagan and Farmington’s tilt, as Chrise Bade had 40 saves for Farmington and Gabe Gleich had 15 saves for Eagan in their 2-1 win. 

Blake Vandehoef had two goals and Brooks Smyrski made 41 stops on 43 shots for Hastings in a 4-2 win over New Prague. 

No. 1A Hermantown stays undefeated after shutting out Duluth Marshall 3-0. 

Hermantown’s Dane Callaway is sporting a 1.27 GAA, .959 save percentage and has one shutout this season. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

Drew Roelofs and Tanner Davis both had two goals and one assist in No. 10AA Holy Family’s 7-0 win over Hutchinson. 

The battle of Lakeville went the way of South as Lakeville South took down Lakeville North 4-1. Tristan Lawrence, Jack Starfield, Carter Ernst, and Brayden Olsen all scored for South in the win. Drew Jacobson scored the lone goal for North in the loss.  

No. 17A Minneapolis took down Providence Academy 4-1.

Mound Westonka sneaked by Waconia 3-2. 

Forest Lake edged out Northern Edge 6-1. 

Spring Lake Park routed Osseo in a high-scoring 9-5 win. 

River Lakes took down Pine City Area 5-2. 

Willmar beat Prairie Centre 5-1. 

No. 20AA Eastview got 40 saves from goalie Gave Otis in a 4-1 win over Prior Lake. 

Rock Ridge beat Duluth Denfeld 3-1. 

No. 9AA Rosemount got two goals from Owen Durigan in a 4-1 win over Mounds View. 

Sauk Rapids-Rice took down Fergus Falls 5-4. 

South St. Paul won the battle of St. Paul over St. Paul Johnson. 

Totino-Grace squeezed by St. Michael-Albertville 3-2. 

Bagley/Fosston took down the Wolverines of Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3. 

Fairmont edged out Worthington 6-5 in overtime. 

Tartan outlasted Simley 2-1 off 25 saves from Tartan’s goalie Damon Hennagir. 

Superior took down North Shore 5-1. 

Gentry Academy, who is just on the outside of our Let’s Play Hockey rankings defeated St. Cloud 4-2. 

Isaiah Hildenbrand had two goals and one assist for No. 13A Hibbing/Chisholm’s 5-0 win over Greenway.

Ely edged International Falls 3-2. 

Mora/Milaca took down the WSFLG Blizzard of Wisconsin in a tight 3-2 win. 

Dawson Fjosne struck twice, and Peter Knezevich once in the first period as Moose Lake Area took down Spooner (Wi) 4-2. 

Wyatt Farrell(2g, 4a), and Noah Gillette (3g, 3a) both had six points in La Crescent-Hokah’s 9-1 win over West Salem. Gillette is now second in the state with 14 goals, while Farrell leads in the state in points with 28. 

Lake of the Woods went across the border to defeat Fort Frances (Ontario) 6-4. 

Bemidji edged Brainerd 3-1. 

Owatonna routed Red Wing 6-1. 

Rochester Mayo took down Faribault 5-1. 

Owen Sudenga had a hattrick, and Benjamin Hartquist scored two goals in No. 18A Luverne’s 9-4 win over Windom.

And finally, New Ulm took down Waseca 6-1.