No. 2 Wayzata celebrated five different times after beating No. 5 Hill-Murray Thursday night 5-2. PHOTO BY MIKE THILL/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

#7 Chanhassen takes top-ranked Skippers to OT,

#3 Rogers takes down #8 Andover

by Bryan Zollman

No. 2 Wayzata traveled crosstown to Aldrich Arena Thursday night to take on the No. 5 Hill-Murray Pioneers. Not much has been written about this year’s Trojan squad as Minnetonka has hogged many of the headlines coming from the 494-corridor.

But they made a statement Thursday with three quick first-period goals en route to a 5-2 win. It was also head coach Pat O’Leary’s 200th career victory.

The Trojans got on board early at the 2:30 mark when Luke Miller scored with assists going to Hawke Huff and Jake Mattson. Exactly 10 minutes later Brittan Alstead scored to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead and just over three minutes after that Brooks Gengler put them up 3-0.

But it was familiar territory for the Pioneers who just last Saturday faced a 3-0 deficit to Hermantown only to come back and tie it 3-3.

Jackson Reeves answered for the Pioneers less than a minute after Gengler’s tally to make it a 3-1 game at the first buzzer.

Wayzata’s Cade De St. Hubert battles along the boards with Hill-Murray’s Jude Bonin in Wayzata’s 5-2 win Thursday. PHOTO BY MIKE THILL/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

Wayzata controlled play in the second period, outshooting the Pioneers 16-8 and getting the lone goal when Ben Kearin scored unassisted for a 4-1 Wayzata lead.

It stayed that way until past the 10-minute mark in the third when Simon Seidl scored on a power play with Jude Bonin assisting for a 4-2 deficit. But Gengler got his second of the night with just over three minutes to play to put the Trojans back up by three and eventually a 5-2 win.

The win improved the Trojans to 4-0 on the young season and those four wins did not come against subpar opponents. They have now beaten Moorhead, Maple Grove, Duluth East and the Pioneers and have outscored their opponents 23-7. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier either as they will host No. 8 Andover Saturday and No. 6 Benilde-St. Margaret’s next Thursday.

The Pioneers fell to 1-1-1 and will play Tartan Saturday and Mahtomedi next Tuesday.

Speaking of Minnetonka, the Skippers faced off against No. 7 Chanhassen in a rematch of last year’s section final that went to double overtime before the Skippers won 2-1 on their way to the state championship.

Once again they came out on top and this time it took an overtime goal by Ashton Schultz to give them the win to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The Skippers doubled up on the Storm in shots on goal 44-22, but they had trouble solving Storm goaltender Kam Hendrickson who made 16 third-period saves to keep the game tied 2-2 The Skippers outshot the Storm 16-3 in the final period.

Chanhassen led twice in this one with Caden Lee netting a power play goal at the 6-minute mark of the first with assists to Gavin Uhlenkamp and Jack Christ. It stayed 1-0 at the first buzzer, but it didn’t take long in the second for Minnetonka to answer when Robby House scored at the 2:18 mark with the assist going to Ashton Schultz. 

Gavin Uhlenkamp, a Wisconsin commit, had an assist in Chanhassen’s 3-2 loss to top-ranked Minnetonka. PHOTO BY BREAKDOWN SPORTS MEDIA

Chanhassen went back up 2-1 on a goal by Andy Earl, his second of the year, with assists to Jake Risch and Tyler Smith.

But just 45 seconds later Gavin Garry scored his fifth goal in five games to tie it 2-2 with John Stout and Danny Klaers getting assists.

The third  period was all Hendrickson who kept the Storm alive by turning away 16 shots.

Ashton Schultz netted the game winner for Minnetonka, giving them a 3-2 win over No. 7 Chanhassen Thursday night. PHOTO BY BREAKDOWN SPORTS MEDIA


He was equally impressive in overtime, stopping eight shots through the first seven minutes before Schultz netted the game winner at the 7:18 mark, his fourth goal of the season.

Chanhassen fell to 2-3, but are the first team to give the Skippers a good test. Minnetonka had not given up a goal in 10 periods before Lee’s first-period goal. The Skippers improved to 5-0 and will take a bus trip up I-94 to Moorhead for an afternoon game Saturday to take on the 19th-ranked Spuds. Chanhassen will play No. 14 St. Thomas Academy next Tuesday.

With both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams winning against top-10 teams, it was up to No. 3 Rogers to follow suit in their game against No. 8 Andover.

The Royals didn’t disappoint as they beat the Huskies 3-1 with two third-period goals. 

After a scoreless first period, Rogers’ Keaton Weis got the Royals on board midway through the second. But Andover answered with a power play goal and the frame ended in 1-1 stalemate.

Rogers netminder Aiden Detrich made 16 saves in the Royals 3-1 win over No. 8 Andover. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

But the Royals came out firing in the third, outshooting the Huskies 14-5 and netting a pair of goals. Nolan Geerdes scored at the 4:30 mark and Drew Krekelberg notched a short-handed goal for good measure with just under four minutes to play.

Rogers goalie Aiden Detrich had 16 saves to earn the win and Cal Conway turned away 37 shots for the Huskies. 

The win improves Rogers to 5-0 on the season while the Huskies fell to 2-3. Things won’t get easier for the Huskies who travel to take on No. 2 Wayzata Saturday. Rogers will look to stay undefeated at Shakopee Saturday.

Shakopee, meanwhile, put up double digits against Apple Valley/Burnsville with an 11-2 win. The No. 13 Sabres improved to 5-1 and got four goals from junior sensation Cooper Simpson who now has 13 goals in six games. It was his second 4-goal game of the season. Nate Pederson had two goals and two assists, Cooper Siegert a goal and two helpers and Peyton Chase added a pair of goals in the win.

No. 9AA Maple Grove out up nine goals against Spring lake Park in a 9-2 win. Andrew Karkoc had a pair of goals and Lucas Busch had a goal and two assists to lead the Crimson. Luke Giuliani and Owen Smith each added a pair of assists.

No. 12AA Cretin-Derham Hall squeaked past Woodbury in a 5-4 win overcoming a 4-3 deficit in the third period. Woodbury’s Aiden Grossklauss gave Woodbury a 4-3 lead with a goal in the first minute of the third period, but the Raiders rallied with goals by Max Anderson and Shawn Newton. Easton Swift and Jimmy Dodig each had two assists for the Raiders. Woodbury’s Grossklauss finished with two goals and Caden Schlattman and Jake Oleson each had a goal and an assist.

Champlin Park got three more goals from their top line and goalie Evan Whipple made 18 saves in a 5-1 win for the Rebels over Coon Rapids. Will Burnevik had a goal and two assist and Trevor Aberwald had two goals and an assist to lead the Rebels to their third win of the season. Nick Carlson also added a pair of goals for Champlin, both assisted by Matthew Lange. Nolan Hazelwood scored the lone goal for Coon Rapids, who fell to 3-1 on the season.

Holden Pajor had two goals and an assist to lead No. 11 Holy Family to a 6-0 win over Duluth East. 

No. 15 White Bear Lake overcame a 3-2 deficit to score four unanswered goals in a 6-3 win over Forest lake. Nolan Roed scored a hat trick and Tanner Olson and Jack Stanius each had two assists. Will Distad added a goal and an assist in the win. Forest Lake got goals from Cole Rivard, Caden Speidel and Jacob Byl.

Nolan Roed (left) had a hat trick in White Bear Lake’s 6-3 win over Forest Lake. Above he shovels a pass to teammate Blake Eckerle. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

Nine goals were scored in the third period alone Thursday night as Roseville defeated Mounds View 9-7. Roseville’s Jovan Fowler and Jake Troska each scored twice in the period and Mounds View countered with two goals each from Max Young and Johnny Conlin. Both Fowler and Conlin had hat tricks. Troska added three assists for Roseville and young added a pair of helpers for Mounds View.

No. 2A St. Cloud Cathedral got a goal and three assists from Andrew Dwinnell and a goal and an assists from John Hirschfeld and Joey Gillespie on their way to a 6-2 win over River Lakes. Griffin Sturm added a pair of assists as well as the Crusaders improved to 5-0-1. They will take on Alexandria Saturday.

Andrew Dwinnell had a goal and three assists in No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral’s 6-2 win over River Lakes. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

No. 10A Monticello got two goals and two assists from Roman Thompson on their way to a 5-1 win over Chisago Lakes to improve to 4-1 on the season. Thompson and Gunnar Simon lead the team with 14 points each.

No. 5A Orono upended Minneapolis 6-2 and outshot them 54-19. Orono got goals from six different skaters: Easton Stankey, Lachlan Hoffman, Rory Kvren, Tommy Lewin, Joey Mugaas and Jackson Knight. They improved to 4-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to No. 4 Warroad.

Providence Academy got five goals from Louie Wehmann in a 9-1 win over Hutchinson.

Gavin Sperling’s second goal of the night was the overtime winner for Elk River/Zimmerman in their 4-3 win over Totino Grace.

Gavin Olson had a pair of goals in Alexandria’s 6-0 win over Morris/Benson Area.

Two Rivers overcame two third period goals by Tartan’s Tate Bertelsen with an overtime winner by Eddie Auran in a 3-2 win. Tartan’s Ben Bangura had 39 saves.

Noah Gillette had a hat trick for LaCrescent-Hokah and Michael Stojka had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win over Tomah/Sparta.

Tate Spilde scored the game winner in Becker/Big Lake’s 5-4 come-from-behind win over Pine City.

Bryce Blake had two goals and an assist in Breck’s 4-2 win over Mound Westonka.

Shaun Paulson and Brayden Klande each had a pair of goals in Sartell’s 7-2 win over No. 18A Fergus Falls.

Duluth Denfeld outlasted Cloquet/Esko/Carlton in a close battle thanks to two late goals by Valtteri Luhtalampi. Luhtalampi finished with five points. Cloquet’s Bobby Thornton had a hat trick and Grady Knutson added three assists. 

And finally, Holy Angels scored seven goals in the first two periods to defeat St. Paul Academy 7-3. Henry Lechner had a goal and four assists to lead the Stars. Cole Cheeseman had a goal and two assists, and freshman Oscar Buckland got his first career varsity goal and junior Logan Ciresi also scored his first to earn the team’s golden helmet.