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Hockey Roundup: Top-ranked Cathedral too much for River Lakes Stars

Stars fall 5-1 in Section 6A semifinals

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ST. CLOUD — River Lakes relinquished four first-period goals during a 5-1 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday in the Section 6A boys hockey semifinals at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.

Out-shot 36-17, the Stars finished with a 15-11-1 record.

Cathedral is the defending Class A state champions and top-ranked team in the state.

The Crusaders went up 1-0 on a goal from Nate Warner 8 minutes, 39 seconds into the contest. In the final 3:32 in the opening period, Cathedral extended its lead to 4-0 following scores from Warner, Jacob Hirschfeld, and Cullen Hiltner.

Following a scoreless second, River Lakes got on the board early in the third after Ethan Howard was assisted by Logan Stellmach and Blake Blattner on a power-play goal. However, Ethan Cumming, whose penalty resulted in the Stars’ score, responded with a goal of his own at the 12:09 mark of the third.

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River Lakes junior goaltender Drew Tangen took the loss despite stopping 31 shots. Crusaders junior Grant Martin earned the win with 16 saves.

Section 6A semifinal
Cathedral 5,
River Lakes 1

River Lakes (15-11-1) 0 0 1 — 1
St. Cloud Cath. (21-3-1) 4 0 1 — 5
FIRST PERIOD – (1) S: Nate Warner (Jon Bell, Jack Smith), 8:39 ... (2) S: Jacob Hirschfeld (Reid Bogenholm), 14:28 ... (3) S: Warner (C.J. Zins), 14:59 ... (4) S: Cullen Hiltner (Bogenholm), 16:41
SECOND PERIOD – No scoring
THIRD PERIOD – (5) R: Ethan Howard (Logan Stellmach, Blake Blattner), 3:35, PP ... (6) S: Ethan Cumming (Smith), 12:09
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – River Lakes: Drew Tangen 31/36 … St. Cloud Cathedral: Grant Martin 16/17

Section 3A
Litchfield/D-C 7,
New Ulm 4

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato is advancing to the Section 3A championship after beating New Ulm on Saturday.

Litch/DC plays Hutchinson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lund Arena in St. Peter.

At stake is a berth in the state Class A tournament March 4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Litch/DC, the second seed in 3A, used three second-period goals to break at 2-2 tie. Scoring were: Jake Johnson, Trent Raisansen and Alex Heinonen.

That made it five goals in a row for Litch/DC, which trailed 2-0 after a pair of goal by New Ulm’s Braxten Hoffman.

The Eagles cut the deficit to 5-3 when Glavine Schugel scored at 1:06 of the third period. But, Johnson got his second goal of the game at 13:33 of the third to make it 6-3.

Cade Bushard scored at 15:20 to cut New Ulm’s deficit to 6-4. But Mason Schroeder scored an empty-netter at 15:38 to put it away for Litch/DC.

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New Ulm (18-6-1) was the defending section champion. Litch/DC last made state in 2018 and also qualified in 2016, ‘08 and 1996.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, last made it to the state tournament in 2000.

Top-seeded Hutchinson beat Luverne 6-1 in Saturday’s other semifinal in St. Peter.

New Ulm (18-6-1) 2 0 2 — 4
Litchfield/D-C (11-14-1) 2 3 2 — 7
FIRST PERIOD – (1) N: Braxten Hoffman (Teddy Giefer, Jacob Berg), 1:20, PP ... (2) N: Hoffman (Teagan Kamm, Glavine Schugel), 3:20 ... (3) L: Logan Benson (Alex Heinonen), 9:14 ... (4) L: Zach Zwilling (unassisted), 12:30
SECOND PERIOD – (5) L: Jake Johnson (Schroeder), 5:30 ... (6) Trent Raisanen (Grant Grochow, Benson), 7:39 ... (7) L: Heinonen (unassisted), 11:06
THIRD PERIOD – (8) N: Schugel (Ethan O’Connor, Hoffman), 1:06 ... (9) L: Johnson (Heinonen, Grochow), 13:33 ... (10) N: Cade Bushard (Schugel, Kamm), 15:20 ... (11) L: Mason Schroeder (Grochow), 15:38, EN
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Joey Gag 10/11, Kyle Esser 16/21 … Litchfield/D-C: Cade Marquardt 22/26

Junior Hockey
Peoria 1,
Willmar 0

Jake Wisely scored a power-play goal at 2:42 of the third period to lift Peoria over Willmar in an NA3HL game Sunday.

Cole Walker stopped all 16 shots to earn the shutout over Willmar.

The WarHawks close the regular season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the North Iowa Bowls from the Willmar Civic Center.

North Iowa is tied for first in the NA3HL’s West Division with the Granite City Lumberjacks. Both teams have 66 points. Willmar (17-22-2-2) is in fifth place in the West behind the Alexandria Blizzard (20-18-2-1). Alexandria has 43 points and Willmar has 38. The West’s top four teams qualify for the playoffs.

Willmar (17-22-2-2) 0 0 0 — 0
Peoria (23-16-1-3) 0 0 1 — 1
FIRST PERIOD – No scoring. PENALTIES: (1) P: Connor Bennett (cross checking, minor), 14:38
SECOND PERIOD – No scoring. PENALTIES: (2) W: Brandon Holt (slashing, minor), 6:22 ... (3) W: Trent Sylvester (tripping, minor), 11:28 ... (4) P: Dillan Bentley (high sticking, double minor), 13:09 ... (5) P: George Giese (elbowing, minor), 18:54 ... (6) Logan Starkey (holding, minor), 19:53
THIRD PERIOD – (1) P: Jared Wisely (Zachary Eddington, Quinton Murphy), 2:42, PP. PENALTIES: (7) W: Jake Santarelli (holding puck more than three seconds, minor), 1:10 .. (8) W: Santarelli (cross checking, minor), 2:52 ... (9) W: Mason Wiebusch (slashing, minor), 6:33 ... (10) W: Santarelli (slashing, minor), 7:45 ... (11) W: Nick Foldesi (elbowing, minor), 17:02

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GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Lukas Haugen 42/43 … Peoria: Cole Walter 16/16

Saturday
Peoria 4,
Willmar 3

Jake Wisely’s third-period goal lifted Peoria past Willmar on Saturday night in Peoria, Ill.

Willmar got goals from Nick Foldesi, Marquez Ginger and Jake Santarelli.

Willmar (17-21-2-2) 1 2 0 — 3
Peoria (22-16-1-3) 3 0 1 — 4
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Nick Foldesi (unassisted), 0:53 ... (2) P: Jaycob Bland (Ryan Payne, Chase Mason), 10:15 ... (3) P: Zachary Eddington (Jared Wisely, George Giese), 14:11, PP ... (4) P: Giese (Mason), 18:39. PENALTIES: (1) W: Trent Sylvester (slashing, minor), 13:51 ... (2) W: Eli Slagter (boarding, minor), 19:46
SECOND PERIOD – (5) W: Marquez Ginger (Jake Santarelli), 0:59, SH ... (6) W: Santarelli (Brandon Holt, Sylvester), 15:42, PP. PENALTIES: (3) P: Wisely (hooking, minor), 1:26 ... (4) P: Giese (roughing, minor), 12:26 ... (5) P: Atticus Helfer (holding, minor), 15:25 ... (6) P: Giese (tripping, minor), 17:27 ... (7) W: Elbridge DeKraai (tripping, minor), 19:59
THIRD PERIOD – (7) P: Wisely (Ian McHenry), 11:06. PENALTIES: (8) P: Gianni Pinto (slashing, minor), 19:21

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Luke Weberg 23/27 … Peoria: Jaden Gardner 10/13

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