Section 3AA Battleground is Forming

Section 3AA is shaping up to be a battlefield come late-February. Rosemount won their ninth straight game Friday and Cretin-Derham Hall, winner of the last two section championships since they made the move to 3AA from 6AA, took on section rival No. 15AA St. Thomas Academy. Section 3AA is also home to No. 18 Eastview, who defeated STA on Nov. 30 by the score of 4-1. On Friday, STA defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 4-3.

It appears that Rosemount is the front runner at this point of the season. After losing their season opener to top-ranked Minnetonka they have been playing as well as any team in the state and just defeated the No. 1 Class A team in the state in Hermantown. The Irish will play Eastview twice, including their next game on Jan. 4. But neither Cretin-Derham Hall nor STA is on their regular season schedule, setting the stage for a potential clash come section playoff time.

Everyone talks about the depth of Section 2AA and Section 6AA, but Section 3AA is right there with four teams (and maybe one or two more) that could find themselves in the section final with a chance to advance to the X.

This is a section to keep a close eye on in the next seven weeks as teams become battle tested and jockey for seeding in what will be an entertaining section to watch to see which team will emerge from the battleground.

St. Thomas Academy’s Jimmy Zavoral pins a Cretin-Derham Hall player against the boards in their 4-3 win Friday night. Zavoral had two assists in the game. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

No. 15AA St. Thomas Academy 4, No. 17AA Cretin-Derham Hall 3

Niko Russ’s goal with just over two minutes left in the game was enough to lift No. 15AA St. Thomas Academy to a 4-3 win over No. 17AA Cretin-Derham Hall. Cretin’s John King got the scoring started with the only goal of the first period and Easton Swift gave them a 2-0 lead early in the second. But STA responded with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead. Cole Braunshausen, Brody Dietz and Will Dosan all scored with Dosan’s goal coming a couple minutes into the third. The Raiders tied it 30 seconds later on a Dawson Kloek goal. The teams skated scoreless for the next 12 minutes when Russ lit the lamp for the game winner. Dietz finished with a goal and assist and Jimmy Zavoral had two assists for the Cadets. King had a goal and assist and Nate Chorlton two helpers to lead the Raiders. Shots were close with Cretin outshooting STA 26-25.

The Cadets improved to 5-3-1 and will take on Prior Lake next Wednesday. Cretin-Derham Hall is now 3-3-0 and will host Chaska on Wednesday.

Rosemount is looking in the rearview mirror right now to see who is behind them because they are leading Section 3AA with a 9-1-0 overall record. Goalie Trent Nelson has been a big reason for their success, allowing just 14 goals in 10 games for a 1.89 goals against average. LPH PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

No. 9AA Rosemount 3, No. 1 A Hermantown 1

Since their 10-3 season-opening loss to Minnetonka, the No. 9AA Rosemount Irish have rattled off nine wins while  allowing just 12 goals in those nine games. On Friday night they allowed just one goal to the top-ranked team in Class A, defeating Hermantown 3-1 in Hermantown and outshooting them 43-31.

After a scoreless first period, the Hawks scored first when Ford Skytta beat Trent Nelson for a 1-0 lead. But that was all Nelson would allow the rest of the night. Rosemount’s Eli Lewis tied the score four minutes later and the second period ended 1-1. Christian Garrity then put the Irish ahead just 53 seconds into the third and Gav McNeil scored a late insurance goal to seal the 3-1 victory and improve the Irish to 9-1-0 on the season. Hermantown suffered their first defeat and are now 4-1-2. Dane Callaway played well in goal for the Hawks stopping 40 shots. Nelson finished with 30 saves for Rosemount who will host No. 14AA Andover next Wednesday. Hermantown will host No. 11A Delano.

No. 2AA Wayzata 2, No. 20AA Eden Prairie 2

No. 2AA Wayzata had their eight-game winning streak to start the season snapped Friday, but they still haven’t lost. The Trojans skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 20A Eden Prairie. The Trojans (8-0-1) will travel to take on No. 16AA Lakeville South next Wednesday. Eden Prairie (4-3-1) will take on Lakeville North.

No. 3A Warroad 4, No. 5A East Grand Forks 3 OT

It took No. 3 Warroad overtime to overcome No. 5 East Grand Forks in Warroad. Carson Pilgrim, who had 92 points last season as a junior, scored twice including the game winner to lead the Warriors to the win in the big top-5 match up. It was Warroad’s seventh straight victory. They will face Grand Forks Central (ND) Wednesday. East Grand Forks fell to 7-4-0 and snapped a three-game win streak. They will face top-ranked Hermantown next Thursday.

No. 6AA Rogers 7, Buffalo 1

Three players scored two goals to lead No. 6AA Rogers past Buffalo 7-1. Brandon Swanson, Parker Deschene and Keaton Weis all scored a pair and Mason Jenson had three assists to lead the Royals to their seventh win in nine games (7-1-1). Cole Bumgarner and Jake Vukich each added a pair of assist to help fuel the victory. Buffalo’s Max Varner had 37 saves. Rogers will take on Minnetonka next Wednesday in a much-anticipated match-up between two of the top teams in the state.

Senior defenseman Sam Troutwine (55) has helped anchor a steady defensive group for the Wolverines. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

Rock Ridge 4, No. 16A Minneapolis 1

Rock Ridge continued their winning ways Friday night with a 4-1 victory over No. 16A Minneapolis, their fifth straight win to improve them to 8-1-0 on the season. Once again they played well defensively allowing just 14 shots on goal. Brant Tiedeman scored twice and Levi Flatley had a goal and an assist for the Wolverines. Kasey Lamppa scored his team-leading 14th goal and Ryan Rothfork stopped 13 shots. Ronan Davis was the lone goal scorer for Minneapolis who fell to 4-5-0.

No. 4A Orono 4, Hopkins 1

No. 4A Orono continued their solid play with a 4-1 win over Hopkins. Easton Stankey, Ben Setnicker, Jackson Knight and Joey Mugaas scored for the Spartans who improved to 7-3-0. They will face No. 6A Mahtomedi Dec. 30. Hopkins fell to 2-6-0 on the season. Weston Schenkelberg scored their only goal Friday.

No. 15A Luverne 4, Dodge County 3

No. 15A Luverne stayed undefeated with a 4-3 win over Dodge County, improving to 8-0-0 on the season. They were coming off a game where they scored 18 goals and had a little more trouble finding the back of the net Friday as they outshot the Wildcats 43-16. Blake Sauer had a pair of goals and Landyn Lais and Ben Hartquist also scored to lead Luverne to their eighth straight win. Gryffon Funke continues his hot scoring pace with two goals for Dodge County, giving him 20 goals in nine games. Brett Ludvigsen had two assists and now has 30 points (11g, 19a) in nine games. Dodge County fell to 5-4-0 on the season and will host Eagan next Wednesday. Luverne will travel to Rochester Lourdes.

No. 12A Monticello 7, Northern Edge 0

No. 12A Monticello made easy work of Northern Edge with a 7-0 win and a 53-8 edge in shots on goal. Seven different skaters scored, including: Landon Scherber, Roman Thompson, Nathan Poeppel, Brady McGriff, Bradon Zieglmeier, Micah Sieben and Nicklas Nelson. Ryan Pickell made 46 saves for Northern Edge. Monticello improved to 6-2-0 and will take on Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato next Thursday. Northern Edge will seek their first win against Becker/Big Lake.

No. 18A New Ulm 5, Windom 1

New Ulm’s Austin Uecker scored twice, giving him 13 goals on the season to lead No. 18A New Ulm to a 5-1 win over Windom. Ian Brudelie added a goals and assist and Brody Wenner had a pair of helpers as the Eagles improved to 8-2-0. They will take on Fergus Falls next Thursday.

St. Paul Academy 5, South St. Paul 2

St. Paul Academy got a pair of goals form Casey Lynn and a goal and assist from Ethan Peltier in their 5-2 win over South St. Paul. Roman Knight had a goal and assist for SSP and senior netminder Wyatt Cheney stopped 29 shots in the loss. Isak Bildtsen stopped 23 shots for STA who improved to 2-5-0. South St. Paul fell to 3-5-0.

Rochester Century/John Marshall 3, Tartan 1

Rochester Century/John Marshall scored twice in the first 41 seconds Friday and held on for a 3-1 win over Tartan. Aiden Emerich scored twice, Ole Fevold had a goal and assist and Justin Sutton had two assists for the Panthers who improved to 8-1-0. They will battle East Ridge Wednesday. Tartan’s Braxton Remackel scored with an assist going to Morgan Sneen. The Titans are now 2-6-1 and will travel o Albert Lea Saturday.

Totino-Grace 5, Park of Cottage Grove 3

Three goals in the last nine minutes lifted Totino-Grace to a 5-3 win over Park of Cottage Grove. Roger Mourad scored two of the goals and Ben Box scored the other to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Jackson Rudh, Caden Schwartz and Gavin Moss scored for the Wolfpack who fell to 3-4-0. Totino-Grace improved to 4-5-0.

Farmington 8, Rochester Mayo 1

Drake Anderson had a hat trick, Sam Bridgeman three assists and Jacob Miller two goals and an assist to lead Farmington past Rochester Mayo 8-1. Jackson Donahue added a goal and two assists as the Tigers earned their first win of the season.

Park Rapids 4, Prairie Centre 1

Park Rapids doubled up on Prairie Centre in shots and outscored them 4-1 in Park Rapids. Parker Vinge, Matt Berdahl, Connor Hanson and Josh Hillukka all scored for the Panthers who improved to 5-3-1. Leyton Fuchs scored Prairie Centre’s lone tally with Eli Warring and James Rieland assisting. Rieland has 18 points for the North Stars in nine games. They fell to 2-7-0.

North Shore 4, Mora/Milaca 1

Cole Anderson scored twice and Jake Stadler and Aydon Althaus each had a goal and assist to lead North Shore past Mora/Milaca 4-1.

International Falls 2, Fort Frances (ONT) 2

International Falls took on Fort Frances, Ontario in a border battle Friday and skated to a 2-2 tie. Cooper Crandall and Gage Wallander scored for the Broncos who are now 2-4-1 on the season.

Spring Lake Park 3, Bloomington Jefferson 1

Spring Lake Park’s Drew Lindquist broke a 1-1 tie with just over six minutes left in their game against Bloomington Jefferson. Connor Larsen then added an empty netter for a 3-1 win. It was Larsen’s second tally of the night. Mason Van Brunt scored for the Jaguars and goalie Carson Weiler had 31 saves.  Brock Lueck stopped 29 shots for Spring Lake Park.