Fun-filled weekend as ranked teams battle
It was a fun-filled weekend of hockey in Girls’ High School, especially on Saturday when 114 teams competed for a ‘W’ in the win column. Let’s take a trip around the State of Hockey, starting with a big Class A match up between two top 20 teams in our rankings. Skating over to South St. Paul inside the legendary Doug Woog Arena where the No. 11A Packers hosted No. 6A Proctor/Hermantown. After an Ella Rothe goal for Proctor/Hermantown, SSP answered with a goal of their own from Alida Ahern making it a 1-1 game after one. The second period was all Mirage, as they scored two goals in the middle frame. Jane Eckstrom and Izy Fairchild struck for Proctor/Hermantown getting them up by two after two, but the Packers came out of the gate hot in the third. SSP’s Lily Pachl scored just two minutes into the final period, getting the Packers back within one for the moment before Avery Milbridge got the Mirage up by two again. Pachl struck again for SSP, but Anika Burke put the finishing touches on Proctor/Hermantown’s 5-3 win over the Packers.
The Mirage were coming off a 2-1 win over Delano/Rockford on Thursday in which senior Reagan Zywicki got her first career varsity goal. The Mirage are now 6-5-1.
— PH Mirage Hockey (@PHMirage) December 16, 2023
No. 4A Duluth Marshall made a trip to No. 13A Delano/Rockford. Over halfway into the game, Duluth Marshall’s University of St. Thomas commit Ilsa Lindaman got the scoring started, but the Tigers struck back a couple of minutes later when Kayleigh Olson tied the game at one. Lindaman had four goals on the night, she found her second to end the first period, and her third to start the middle frame. The other Hilltoppers goal in the second period came from Nina Thorson. The third period featured Lindaman’s fourth goal, putting Duluth Marshall up 5-1 before a final Audrey McClurg goal at the end of the game, giving the Hilltoppers a 5-2 win. Duluth Marshall’s Sarah Stauber had three helpers, and Avery Lian and Eva Etter both had one assist. Hilltopper’s Aurelia Anderson stopped 26 of 28 shots in the game.
Class AA top-20 matchup when top-ranked Hill-Murray looked to get its 10th straight win on the season against No. 11AA Holy Family. After a scoreless first period, the Pioneers exploded for four goals in the middle frame from Olivia Braunshausen, University of St. Thomas commit Chloe Boreen, Kasey Senden, and Emily Pohl. Holy Family got goals from Josie Linn and Ella Nonweiler in the second period taking a 5-2 deficit into the third period. In the final frame, Boreen added her second goal of the game securing a 5-2 win over Holy Family. Addy McLay had two assists, Regan Berglund, Sophie Olson, Laureyn Cottingham, Maddy Morrell, and Jaycee Chatleain all had one assist for Hill-Murray. Boreen added an assist to her two goals and Grace Zahn continues her incredible season with 32 saves on 34 shots for the Pioneers.
Two other top teams in Class AA faced off on Saturday when No. 6AA Maple Grove played host to No. 12 Centennial/Spring Lake Park. In a slight upset, Centennial/SPL scored three unanswered goals in a 4-1 win. The Cougars got a goal from Mia Sutch and two from Noelle Hemr making it too much to overcome for Maple Grove in the third period as they only netted one, coming from Maisy Tomlinson. Alexis Larsen also scored forCentennial/SLP who moved to 7-1-2 on the year, while the Crimson fell to 7-2-1.
After trailing 4-0 to No.18AA Eden Prairie heading into the third period, unranked Wayzata came out with eyes on a comeback. The Trojans scored two straight from Rhiannon Lawrence, and Davy Mokelke, but Eden Prairie’s Katie Petrie also scored so Wayzata had more work to do. They scored two more, as Mokelke scored her second of the game and Jenna Britz got on the board but it was one goal short as Eden Prairie took home the 5-4 win. Ella Konrad, Addy Mitchell, Ava Moe, and Jordan Elvecrog all scored for Eden Prairie.
No. 10AA Lakeville North looked to stay undefeated when they hosted No. 17AA Apple Valley. Addie Bowlby was the star of the game, scoring four goals in Lakeville North’s 5-2 win over Apple Valley, two coming in the first period, and one in each of the following two periods. Bowlby also addend an assist, and Gracie Hanson was the team’s other goal scorer for North, and she added one as added a goal and assist. Apple Valley’s goal scorers were Makayla Gore, and Makayla Moran. Lakeville North stays unbeaten at 9-0-1 while Apple Valley falls to 8-3-1 on the season.
Going from Lakeville North to Lakeville South where the No. 15AA Cougars traveled to unranked Eastview. In a low-scoring contest, South’s goalie Claire Bronson had 20 saves on 21 shots in the Cougars 2-1 overtime win, and the netminder on the opposite side was rock solid as well with Eastview’s Beth Bigalke stopping 35 shots on 37 attempts. Lakeville South’s game-winning goal came off the blade of Ella Fowler which came at the 7:50 mark of the overtime period. Camden Hopper was the other goal scorer for the Cougars which came in the second period, and Eastview’s goalscorer was Sari Cords.
Skating over to South St. Paul inside the legendary Doug Woog Arena where the No. 11A Packers hosted No. 6A Proctor/Hermantown. After an Ella Rothe goal for Proctor/Hermantown, SSP answered with a goal of their own from Alida Ahern making it a 1-1 game after one. The second period was all Mirage, as they scored two goals in the middle frame. Jane Eckstrom and Izy Fairchild struck for Proctor/Hermantown getting them up by two after two, but the Packers came out of the gate hot in the third. SSP’s Lily Pachl scored just two minutes into the final period, getting the Packers back within one for the moment before Avery Milbridge got the Mirage up by two again. Pachl struck again for SSP, but Anika Burke put the finishing touches on Proctor/Hermantown’s 5-3 win over the Packers.
A couple of teams who are just on the outside looking in on our Let’s Play Hockey rankings faced off Saturday as 6-5-1 Marshall visited the 6-6-0 Minnesota River Bulldogs. Marshall’s Lily Stelter and Minnesota River’s Annika Magelee stood tall in the net on both sides, keeping each side scoreless through two periods until Mady Girard scored early in the third for Marshall to get the scoring started. Minnesota River tied the game at one at the 7:14 mark when Mckenna Andresen netted an even-strength goal, and at the 10:23 mark of the final frame Piper Winters found the back of the net to give the Bulldogs the win as they went on to win 2-1. Minnesota River improves their season record to 7-6-0, while Marshall falls to .500 at 6-6-1.
Hutchinson got two goals from Addison Longie in the first, and four goals in the second period from Morgan Wagner, Jolynn Hauan, Elle Schweim, and Morgan Briggman leading Hutch to a dominating 7-1 win over Mankato West. Isabella Berthiaume scored the other goal for Hutchinson in the third, and Marleigh Jordan scored Mankato East’s lone goal.
Karlie Bruns scored two second-period goals and Ava Breuer made 20 saves in Morris/Benson Area’s 3-0 win over Worthington.
Rochester Mayo scored three second-period goals from Claire Siems, Abigail Weick, and Andrea Augeson leading to a 6-1 win over Princeton/Big Lake/Becker. Siems and Weick each added one assist to their goals, Layla Rippentrop had one goal and two assists, while Milania Black, Josie Fulton, Sophia Sather, and Elle Roth all had assists in the game for Mayo. Ava Noehre had the lone goal for Princeton/Big Lake/Becker.
Other scores around the State of Hockey:
Blake was blanked by Bay Area 1-0.
Superior Spartans shut out International Falls 8-0.
No. 14AA Farmington got a hattrick out of Jenna Goblirsch in their 4-1 win over Metro-South.
Lily Timmons gets her second shutout of the season after stopping all 17 shots she faced for No.9AA Stillwater in their dominant 8-0 win over Forest Lake.
Lily Howard had the hats flying as she carried White Bear Lake to a 6-3 win over Mounds View Irondale.
Laini Gnetz had points in all the Royals’ goals scoring two goals and three assists for No.16AA Woodbury’s 5-1 win over Cretin-Derham Hall.
Hazel Schenkelberg had two goals for Hopkins/Park in a 5-3 win over Fox Cities Stars.
Despite the loss, Ali Fider stopped 56 of 62 for Minneapolis in their 6-0 loss against No.1A Orono.
More scores around the state in Girls hockey;
Eagan took down Shakopee 4-2, New Prague fell to Waconia 3-1, and No.8A River Lakes and New Ulm skated to a 3-3 tie. No.13AA Champlin Park/Coon Rapids beat Elk River 5-1, Mankato East and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato skated to a 2-2 tie, No.7AA Northfield defeated No.14A, Albert Lea 5-1, No. 8AA Moorhead blanked St. Cloud 6-0, Osseo/Park Center took down Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper 3-1, No. 9A Mound Westonka/SWC beat No. 18A Pine City Area 5-2, Rosemount took down Prior Lake 4-1, and East Ridge fell to Roseville/Mahtomedi 4-2.