Class A field wide open as teams fight for trip to state

Section 1A – Dodge County vs. Simley

Dodge County 11, Winona 0

Dodge County makes easy work of Winona, outshooting them 55-5 on their way to an 11-0 win.

The Wildcats came firing out of the gate, scoring four goals in the first period and netting another four in the second period. Nora Carstensen led the team with three goals while Hannah Peterson had a strong performance as well with two goals of her own. Tara Wernecke netted two goals and Maysie Koch was a key contributor on the offensive end with two assists.

Dodge Country is now averaging 5.67 goals a game while only allowing 1.25 goals a game. They improve to 20-4 following this win and will now host Simley in the section final on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Simley 2, Albert Lea 1

Simley escaped with a narrow 2-1 win in the section semifinal over Albert Lea. They will now face a tough Dodge County team on the road Thursday at 5 p.m. for the section championship

Section 2A – Willmar vs River Lakes

Willmar 3, Litchfield/Dassel Cokato 1

Willmar put the nail in the coffin against Litchfield/Dassel Cokato after Avery Quinn scored the team’s third goal in the third period. Chloe Lownsbury put the team ahead quickly in the first period after netting the first goal of the game. Avery Olson built their lead with a goal in the second period off an assist from Quinn.

Litchfield/Dassel Cokato battled back and cut the deficit to 2-1 after Lydia Schultz scored a goal after being assisted by Camryn Iverson and Krista Tormanen. Willmar’s defense stayed stout throughout the rest of the game to suffocate the comeback bid and propel themselves to the section final.

Willmar improves their strong record to 9-7 following this win and will now head to River Lakes to compete against the Stars for the section final on Thursday at 7 p.m.

River Lakes 4, Hutchinson 3

River Lakes squeaked out a 4-3 victory in a high-scoring affair against Hutchinson. River Lakes improved 14-8 after this section semifinal win and will host Willmar in the section final. River Lakes averages 2.77 goals per game and allows 1.81 goals per game.

Section 3A – Luverne vs. Marshall

Luverne won a close battle with New Ulm and will take on Marshall in the section finals. Freshman Tenley Behr has helped the Cardinals to a 16-win season so far with 32 points in 26 games.

Luverne 3, New Ulm 2

Luverne pulled out an overtime thriller over New Ulm after Payton Behr put in the game-winning goal off an assist from Izzy Steensma.

Luverne hit the scoreboard first after Anika Boll scored in the first period after being assisted by Tenley Behr and Payton Behr. New Ulm responded with a powerplay goal a few minutes later when Afton Hulke found the back of the net. She was assisted by Michelle Smith and Mya Hornick.

Both teams were tied going into the third period until Luverne’s Rylee Kurtz broke the stalemate with a powerplay goal to give her team the lead. New Ulm fought back and evened the game back up at two apiece as Smith scored off a power play as she was assisted by Lilly Kral and Hulke. New Ulm was unable to stop Luverne in the overtime period and Luverne will now advance to 16-10 on the season following this win.

Luverne will now play a strong Marshall team in the section final on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Marshall 6, Windom 0

Marshall shut down Windom in a dominant 6-0 outing to earn themselves a bid in the section final. Three of their goals came in the first period as Brooklyn Mauch, Aubree Metheny, and Kendal Beernaert all found the back of the net.

Marshall’s Abbey Foley scored back-to-back goals in the second and third period to help extend their lead to 5-0.  Peyton DeMuth put on the final touches with a goal of her own off an assist from Elsie Deutz.

Marshall improves to 17-8 following this victory and will host Luverne in the section final on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Section 4A –  Blake vs. Chisago Lakes

Blake 1, Minneapolis 0

Blake inched out a 1-0 victory over Minneapolis as Ruby Souvignier scored the single goal of the night off an assist from Meri Harkins. Blake goalie, Janie McGawn had 28 saves on the night as she helped shut Minneapolis out. Minneapolis goalie, Ali Fider had 22 saves of her own

Blake is 5-19 following this win and now faces a tall order in the section semifinal against a strong Academy of Holy Angels team. They will face off on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Chisago Lakes 11, Visitation 0

Chisago Lakes put together a dominant performance against Visitation as they routed them 11-0 to advance to the section semifinal. Lexi Smothers, Nora DeVries, and Brooke Klemz led the team with two goals apiece while Lauren Schmidt, Ella Perreault, Alyson Vogelsang, Joee Westland, and Kali Hanson all scored as well. Chisago Lakes outshot Visitation 37-8 overall.

Chisago Lakes will now play South St. Paul in the section semifinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Section 5A – Orono vs. Mound Westonka/SWC

Orono is the team to beat in Section 5A. Above, junior Kali Schmidt gets past a Maple Grove defender in recent action.

Mound Westonka/SWC 3, Breck 1

Mound Westonka/SWC earned themselves a spot in the section final with a 3-1 over Breck. The Whitehawks struck first after a goal from Marion Omann in the first period. Brelynn Koehler added to their lead in the second period after she was assisted by Gisella Harder and Quinnlan O’Shea.

Breck was able to find the back of the net in the third period off a powerplay goal from Taylor Hall but it proved to be too late. Mound Westonka’s Georgia Harmer put the nail in the coffin with an empty net goal to help her team advance. Mound Westonka/SWC goalie put together a strong performance in net with 24 saves overall.

The Whitehawks improved to 18-7 and will now play Orono in the section final on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Orono 6, Delano/Rockford 1

Orono delivered a strong team performance over Rockford to advance towards the section final. Rockford found the back of the net first to put themselves early but it was all Orono after that. Anika Fortin tied the game up with a powerplay goal and Zoe Lopez gave her team the lead with a goal in the first period. Orono cashed two more goals in the second period with the help of Anna Rausch and Alexa Niccum. Maddy Kimbrel put together back-to-back goals in the third period to run up the score on their definitive win.

Orono will now host Mound Westonka/SWC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the section final.

Section 6A

Fergus Falls looks to return to the state tournament with a win over Northern Lakes tonight in Section 6A.

The smallest section in the state will pit top-seeded Fergus Falls against  No. 2 seed Northern Lakes tonight to see who will represent Section 6A at the state tournament. Fergus Falls will look to contend their section win from last year and will do so behind the strong goaltending of Ana Jyrkas, one of the 10 semifinalists for the Jori Jones Award. The Otters have allowed just 44 goals in 26 games (1.67 per game). Northern Lakes (8-17-1) have scored just 60 goals on the season, but have 13 different players who have found the back of the net.

Section 7A – Duluth Marshall vs. Proctor/Hermantown

In one of the most anticipated matchups, top-seeded Duluth East will battle No. 2 Proctor/Hermantown a year after Proctor/Hermantown beat the Hilltoppers 5-4 in last year’s section final. To do so they will have to stop Duluth Marshall’s Ilsa Lindaman who has 57 goals on the season.

#4A Proctor/Hermantown 6, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 0

Izy Fairchild and Jane Eckstrom each scored twice as No. 2-seed Proctor/Hermantown defeated No. 3-seed Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 6-0 Saturday.

The Mirage outshot the Lumberjacks 47-9. Eckstrom scored twice in the first period and Fairchild twice in the second period. Grace Nichols and Mya Gunderson also added goals. Eckstrom and Avery Milbridge also added two assists.

With the win the Mirage advance to the section final, a game which they have won the past three years and six times in the past seven. They will face top-seeded Duluth Marshall, who defeated No. 4 seed Moose Lake Area 5-1 on Saturday.

#6A Duluth Marshall 5,  #12A Moose Lake Area 1

Ilsa Lindaman scored goals No. 56 and 57 as she continued to lead the Hilltoppers on their quest to the section final. The Hilltoppers lost to Proctor/Hermantown 5-4 a year ago and will look to avenge that loss when they face the Mirage on Wednesday with a trip to the X on the line.

Lindaman scored the team’s first two goals and later added an assist. She now has 57 goals and 29 assists for 86 points, good enough for second in the state behind Northfield’s Ayla Puppe. Nina Thorson added a goal and two assists as the Hilltoppers improved to 22-3-1 on the season. Moose Lake Area ended their season 14-12-1.


Section 8A – Warroad vs. Crookston

Warroad will battle Crookston in the section final. Crookston defeated the Lady Warriors 2-0 earlier this season, but the Warriors are the defending state champions.

Warroad 7, Thief River Falls 1

Warroad put a clinic on early against Thief River Falls with three first-period goals from Vivienne Marcowka, Cijae McLaughlin, and Kaiya Sandy. They continued into the second period with a strong offensive performance after two goals from Kaylie French and another one from Madilyn Skogman. French completed the hat trick in the third period on a powerplay goal after being assisted by Katy Comstock and Taylor Reese.

Thief River Falls Kali Knutson put in a goal in the second period to avoid the shutout. Warroad improves to 18-8 after this victory and will now host Crookston on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the section final.

Crookston 3, East Grand Forks 0

Crookston’s stout defense delivered a shutout in the section semifinal against East Grand Forks to propel themselves into the section final.

Addison Fee kicked things off in the first period with a goal after being assisted by Morgan Nelson and Reese Swanson. Emma LaPlante helped add to her teams lead with a second period goal. Reese Swanson delivered the final blow after finding the back of the net in the third period on a power play. Crookston goalie Kambelle Freije had 15 saves in the shutout.

Crookston will now play Warroad in the section final on Thursday at 7 p.m.