Brady Altier stopped 56 shots as Two Rivers upset No. 12AA Hill-Murray Saturday. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

Two Rivers, Prior Lake take down ranked opponents

The year 2024 got off to a raucous start last week, especially on Saturday where two big upsets occurred, a longtime coach reached a milestone only two others have, and a senior from Centennial had a memorable day on the ice.

Here is a recap:

Two Rivers 3, No. 12AA Hill-Murray 2 OT

The 12th ranked Pioneers ran into a hot goalie Saturday as Two Rivers netminder Brady Altier stopped 56 shots as the Warriors upset Hill-Murray 3-2. Will Auran buried the game winner midway through overtime to give Two Rivers the huge upset victory.

The Warriors started off strong, scoring twice in the first period on goals by Ryan Rohrer and Patrick Karlen.  Hill-Murray’s Lucas Mann answered to make it 2-1 after one. Joseph Luger tied the score midway through the second and it stayed that way through the end of regulation. Altier was outstanding in the third period, stopping 18 shots. In the overtime Hill-Murray was whistled for Too Many Men on the Ice and Auran netted his fourth goal of the season and by far the biggest.

Patrick Karlen had one of three goals in Two Rivers’ win over Hill-Murray. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

The win improved the Warriors to 10-4-0 on the season. They will play Simley on Thursday. Hill-Murray fell to 5-5-2 and will take on No. 8AA St. Thomas Academy Wednesday.

Prior Lake 5, No. 7AA Shakopee 4

In the other of the two big upsets Saturday, Prior Lake scored two late third-period goals and held off the No. 7 Shakopee Sabers in the waning minutes to take home a 5-4 victory.

Shakopee led 4-3 when Cooper Simpson scored his second goal of the game and 19th of the season at the 6:19 mark of the third. But Prior Lake’s Graham Erickson tied it at the 11:31 mark and Charlie Rice put the Lakers up 5-4 with 2:21 to play and they held on for the win.

Shots were relatively even with Shakopee having a slight edge 26-25.

The win improved Prior Lake to 5-7-1 while Shakopee fell to 10-3-1. Shakopee will play No. 9 Rosemount Tuesday in Rosemount. Prior Lake will travel to Apple Valley/Burnsville.

No. 11AA  Andover 2, Osseo 1 OT

Keaton Coe’s overtime goal staved off an upset attempt by Osseo as the No. 11AA Huskies beat the Orioles 2-1. Osseo’s Gavin Krzoska  scored three minutes into the game and it stayed 1-0 until under four minutes to play in the game. Andover’s Crosby Perry finally solved Osseo netminder Charlie Bergstrom with his eighth goal of the season. Coe then scored just over four minutes into the extra frame to improve Andover to 9-5-0 and will travel to Centennial Thursday. Osseo fell to 4-8-1 and will take on Armstrong/Cooper Tuesday. Bergstrom finished with 42 saves for the Orioles.

Centennial 9, Coon Rapids 1

It was the Harper Searles show in Coon Rapids as the senior had a hat trick and finished with nine points in a 9-1 win over their Section 5AA foe. Searles was coming off a 4-point game Thursday, giving him 13 points in his past two games and more than doubling his season point total coming into the week. He now has 11 goals and 14 assists in the team’s 11 games. Heath Nelson added two goals and two assists and Cooper Hehir added three assists as the Cougars improved to 6-4-1 and will host Mounds View Tuesday. Coon Rapids fell to 7-3-0 and will travel to Totino-Grace.

What a day for Centennial’s Harper Searles who had three goals and six assists in their 9-1 win over Coon Rapids. LPH PHOTO BY MIKE THILL

No. 5AA Edina 9, No. 10AA Holy Family 3

Bobby Cowan had a hat trick and Michael Ristau and Freddie Schneider each scored twice as Edina tripled up on Holy Family 9-3 despite only outshooting the Fire 25-22. Schneider scored the first two goals of the game as the Hornets built a 4-1 first period lead. They scored four more in the second period as they built an insurmountable lead. Barrett Dexheimer and Jackson Nevers both had three assists as Edina improved to 11-2-0. Bryce Witala scored twice for Holy Family who fell to 7-3-1. They will take on No. 3A Delano Thursday. Edina will travel to No. 8AA St. Thomas Academy Friday.

No. 2A Warroad 4, No. 18A Detroit Lakes 1

Detroit Lakes goalie Kale Witt kept the Lakers in the game against No. 2A Warroad Saturday, stopping 38 shots on the day. Warroad slowly built a lead on goals by Murray Marvin-Cordes, Taven James and Carson Pilgrim. DL’s Brock Bender made it a 3-1 game with still 13 minutes to play, but Warroad’s Ben Norris closed the door the rest of the way as the Warriors improved to 12-2-0. They will take on Roseau Tuesday while Detroit Lakes fell to 8-5-0 and will travel to East Grand Forks.

No. 8AA St. Thomas Academy 5, Tartan 1

Micheal Mikan and Will Dosan each had two goals and an assist in a historic win for St. Thomas Academy. The Cadets’ 5-1 win over Tartan was historic because it was head coach Mike Randolph’s 700th win, becoming the third in state history to reach the mark. He is now eight wins away from being the state’s all-time winningest coach (See List). The Cadets improved to 10-3-1 and will take on No. 12AA Hill-Murray Wednesday. Tartan fell to 2-10-1 and will take on No. 6A Mahtomedi Thursday.

The team celebrated coach Mike Randolph’s 700th victory Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ST.THOMAS ACADEMY

MINNESOTA HS BOYS COACHES CAREER WINS

CoachTeamW-L-T
Lorne GrossoRochester Mayo707-442-31
Roy NystromAlbert Lea705-502-24
Mike RandolphDuluth East/STA700-228-36
Willard IkolaEdina616-149-38
Bill LechnerHill-Murray595-258-38
Jeff LindquistBLM Jeff.Blake599-323-33
Jim O’NeillCretin-Derham Hall593-316-41
Tony SarslandElk River588-189-26
Ken PaulyBenilde-St. Margaret’s574-279-35
Larry RossInternational Falls566-169-21
Lee SmithEden Prairie547-223-40
Bruce PlanteHermantown547-197-23
Tom SaterdalenBloomington Jefferson545-167-21
Mark LoahrTotino-Grace538-335-31
Cliff ThompsonEveleth534-26-9
Wes BolinWoodbury533-426-46
Gordy GenzRoseville529-261-23
Curt Giles Edina508-162-28

BOLD = Active Coaches

No. 15A Northern Lakes 3, No. 12A Thief River Falls 1

Northern Lakes scored early and late in their 3-1 win over Thief River Falls. Jerome Martin scored just 17 seconds into the game followed four minutes later by a goal from Taylor Berg. TRF’s Spencer Anderson made it a 2-1 game late in the second period, and Northern Lakes sealed the win on a goal by Logan Verville. Northern Lakes improved to 9-2-0 while Thief River Falls fell to 7-5-1. Northern Lakes will play No. 4A St. Cloud Cathedral Tuesday. Thief River will host Princeton Friday.

No. 3AA Chanhassen 6, Duluth East 0

Chanhassen improved to 11-4-0 with a 6-0 win over Duluth East, Gavin Uhlenkamp had two goals and an assist, Owen Buegsnes a goal and two assists and Jack Christ four assists for the Storm who will travel to Waconia Thursday. Duluth East fell to 3-10-1.

No. 1A Hermantown 5, No. 14AA Eden Prairie 4

The top-ranked Hawks held off a late rally by No. 14AA Eden Prairie in a 5-4 win. Hermantown led 4-0 and 5-1 when the Eagles scored three goals in a row, two by Cole Saterdalen within 1:17 of eachother. But the goals were too little too late as the Hawks improved to 9-2-2 while the Eagles fell to 7-4-1. Eden Prairie will host No. 4AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Thursday while Hermantown will travel to No. 4A St. Cloud Cathedral Thursday.

No. 14A Proctor 3, International Falls 1

Tanner Ross scored twice as Proctor improved to 11-5-1 with a 3-1 win over International Falls. Ross now has 12 goals and 16 assists to lead the Rails in scoring. They will host Little Falls Saturday.

Stillwater 2, Forest Lake 1

Goals by Brody Dustin and Luke Myers were enough as Stillwater beat Forest Lake 2-1. Forest Lake scored first on a power play goal by Ryder Siedow, but that’s all they could muster as they had just 15 shots on goal in the game. Stillwater finished with 31 shots. Forest Lake goalie Andrew Saxe had 29 saves. Stillwater, coming off a 5-0 upset over No. 13AA White Bear Lake, have now won five of their last six and are 5-5-0. Forest Lake fell to 4-8-0.

Stillwater’s Brody Dustin unleashes a shot as Foret Lake’s Lucas Kiel tries to deflect it in Stillwater’s 2-1 win Saturday. LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

No. 17AA Lakeville South 3, Eagan 2

Lakeville South got goals from Matthew Andriano-Allard, Will Kortan and Tristan Lawrence in their 3-2 win over Eagan. Eagan outshot the Cougars 23-19 and got two goals from Eddie Moore. They fell to 7-7-0 while Lakeville South improved to 7-5-0.

No. 16A Little Falls 4, No. 13A Hibbing/Chisholm 2

Hibbing/Chisholm outshot Little Falls 35-23, but the Flyers won the scoreboard battle 4-2. Joey Welinski scored twice and Ryan Oothoudt had a goal and an assist as the Flyers improved to 9-4-0. They will travel to Duluth Denfeld Friday. Hibbing/Chisholm fell to 10-6-0 and will take on top-ranked Hermantown Jan. 16.

No. 15AA Rogers 1, Elk River/Zimmerman 1 OT

Gavin Greniuk stopped 53 shots for Elk River/Zimmerman as the Elks hung on for a 1-1 tie with No. 15AA Rogers who fell to 8-4-2 on the season. Braden Hansberger scored the lone goal for the Elks while Cole Bumgarner was the goal scorer for the Royals. Elk River/Zimmerman is now 6-6-1.

Gavin Greniuk stopped 53 shots against Rogers.   LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

No. 2AA Wayzata 6, Grand Rapids 2

Luke Miller scored four goals as No. 2AA Wayzata stayed undefeated with a 6-2 win over Grand Rapids. Miller now has 14 goals in 14 games for the Trojans who improved to 12-0-2 and will take on St. Michael-Albertville Thursday. Grand Rapids got goals from Seth Carlson and Gavin Forrest and fell to 7-6-0.

No. 6AA Maple Grove 6, Blaine 2

Coming off a 1-0 loss to Andover, Maple Grove rebounded with a 6-2 win over Blaine, outshooting the Bengals 55-14. Andrew Karkoc had a hat trick and an assist and Lucas Busch added two goals and two assists as the Crimson improved to 9-3-0. Zac Triplett and Fanklin Yoo scored for Blaine, who fell to 1-12-1.

Andrew Karkoc had a hat trick to lead Maple Grove past Blaine. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

No. 16AA Champlin Park 5, Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper 2

Trevor Aberwald had a hat trick as Champlin Park improved to 8-5-1 with a 5-2 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper. Charlie Goergen and Logan Gatti scored for the Wings who fell to 6-7-0.

Trevor Aberwald leads the Rebels with 35 points. LPH PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

No. 7A Orono 3, No. 3A Delano 2

In a battle of top-10 teams, Orono scored three straight goals in the second period and held on to beat No. 3A Delano 3-2. Trey Landa, Hayden Simon and Jackson Knight gave the Spartans a 3-0 lead. Goals by Delano’s Vinny Capelleri and Andrew Bruett made it 3-2, but the Spartans and goalie Peyton Anderson held on. Orono improved to 9-4-0 and will take on New Prague Thursday. Delano fell to 8-5-1 and will host Holy Family Thursday.

No. 4AA Benilde St. Margaret’s 6, Moorhead 4

AJ Ulrich had a goal and three assists as Benilde-St. Margaret’s held off against a charged Moorhead squad who made it close late in the second period. The Spuds’ Parker Gast scored late in the second period to tie the game at 4-4. But the Red Knights got goals from Junior Podein and Jack Anderson in the third period and goaltender Mason McElroy stopped 24 shots to secure the win. The Red Knights improved to 9-2-1 while Moorhead fell to 4-9-1.

BSM’s AJ Ulrich (10) had a goal and three assists and Junior Podein also scored as the Red Knights defeated Moorhead 6-4. LPH PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

No. 1AA Minnetonka 6, No. 6A Mahtomedi 2

Luke Garry and Gavin Garry each scored twice and Ashton Schultz had a goal and three assists as top-ranked Minnetonka defeated No. 6A Mahtomedi 6-2. Sam Scheetz added four assists as the Skippers improved to 12-0-1. They will host Buffalo Thursday. Mahtomedi fell to 5-8-0 and will take on Tartan Thursday.

No. 19A Cretin-Derham Hall 7, Roseville 0

Cam Autrey, Aidan Siegfried and Jimmy Dodig all had three points to lead the Raiders to the 7-0 win.

No. 8A Northfield 4, Mankato West 1

Jake Geiger scored twice and Kam Kaiser and Cayden Monson each had a goal and two assists to lead Northfield past Mankato West and improve to 9-1-2.