The defending state champions Mahtomedi move one step closer to a third straight state tourney appearance 

Mahtomedi enjoys a semifinal round win and the goal for back-to-back titles stays alive.

No. 1 Seed Mahtomedi 6, No. 5 Seed St. Paul Academy and Summit School 0

The defending state champions move one step closer to getting a chance for a repeat. The Zephyrs took down St. Paul Academy and Summit School 6-0 in the semifinal as they are one win away from three straight St. Paul trips.

Max Strecker takes a point-blank shot on net for Mahtomedi. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Mahtomedi scored three goals in the first period from Gene Wegleitner, and two from Cole Swanson as they held an early 3-0 lead after one period. They found another goal in the middle frame when Jimmy Egan scored on the power play assisted by Sam Harris and Jake Hodd-Chlebeck extending the Zephyrs lead to 4-0 after two periods.

Max Egan and Wegleitners second goal extended Mahtomedi’s lead to 6-0 and took down the Spartans. The Zephyrs played a very dominant game, outshooting St. Paul Academy 59-12. Charlie Brandt stopped all 12 shots he faced for Mahtomedi.

No. 2 Seed Southwest Christian/Richfield 3, South St. Paul 0

Southwest Christian/Richfield goes from losing 8-0 in the quarterfinal round last season to playing for a trip to the State Tournament. The Stars move past South St. Paul 3-0 as they are one win away from a trip to St. Paul for the first time since 1991.

Jared Greiner has scored two goals and four assists in Southwest Christian/Richfields two playoff games. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Jared Greiner got the scoring started in the first period giving the Stars a 1-0 lead after the

opening frame. The shots were even. After a scoreless second period, thanks to Stars goalie Jannes Kamp and Packers goalie Wyatt Cheney who both were standing tall.

Jannes Kamp is one of the biggest and tallest goalies in the State of Hockey, standing 6’7” and 220 pounds. Kamp has stopped 48 of 49 shots in two playoff games. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO.

Owen Zick and Paul Horner both scored in the third period extending the Stars’ lead to 3-0 and securing the shutout win over South St. Paul. Kamp stopped all 25 shots he faced helping the Stars to the win. Wyatt Cheney had 28 saves on 31 shots, as he played a very good game for the Packers.

No. 5 Seed Cretin-Derham Hall 3, No. 1 Seed Eastview 2

Cretin-Derham Hall gets one step closer to heading back to the Xcel Energy Center for the second year in a row after they take down top-seeded Eastview 3-2 in the semifinal round. CDH improved their record to 16-10-1 and have a rematch with St. Thomas Academy on Friday at Braemar Arena. The Raiders took down the Cadets in last year’s section final game to make the trip to state.

Eastview got the scoring started when Caleb Nelson scored over halfway into the opening period, and Jordan Brothers and Billy Downs assisted the goalThe Lightning held on to the 1-0 lead after the first period and led in shots 12-7.

Cretin-Derham Hall got the tying goal in the second period when Max Bennett scored midway through the second period, assisted by Marcus Matyas. The Raiders celebration didn’t last long as Eastview answered seconds later with a Brothers goal assisted by Zach Wooten and Brayden Kaldenbach. The Lightning took back their lead and led 2-1 after two periods.

Eastviews’ TJ Kelsey took an elbowing minor over five minutes into the third period, putting the Raiders on the power play. CDH made sure to capitalize on the man advantage, getting a power play goal scored by Max Anderson and assisted by Nate Chorlton and Aidan Siegfried, sending the goal to overtime.

In the extra period, Marcus Matyas was the hero, scoring over five minutes into the OT period and sending the Raiders to the Section championship game. Owen Nelson had a big part in the Raiders win, stopping 26 of 28 in net. Gabe Otis also had a good game, stopping 34 of 37 for the Lightning.

No. 3 Seed St. Thomas Academy 3, No. 2 Seed Rosemount 2

For the second year in a row, St. Thomas Academy will play in the section final for a trip to St. Paul. The Cadets defeated Rosemount 3-2 in the semifinal Monday evening. St. Thomas gets a chance to avenge their Section championship loss to Cretin-Derham Hall a season ago when they face off on Friday. 

Rosemount’s Christian Nichols struck first in the game, scoring on the power play, assisted by Kade Lotysz and Gavin McNeil. The goal was scored just two minutes into the game, so the Irish held an early 1-0 lead. The Cadets found their answer when Tommy Kertz scored the tying goal over 10 minutes into the game. Niko Russ and Michael Mikan both had an assist on the goal. St. Thomas Academy struck twice in the first period, getting goals from Luca Pedri and Will Dosan. The Cadets looked to be in total control after the opening frame, as they held a 3-1 lead into the second period. 

Rosemount finally found their answering goal in the second period, when Josh Toll scored to get the Irish back within a goal. Cade Sherman and Christian Garrity both had helpers on the goal. 

After allowing the second-period goal Cody Niesen stopped 21 consecutive shots in the second and third periods, helping the Cadets hold off Rosemount. Niesen ended the contest by stopping 29 of 31 of the Cadets