Prep Hockey Roundup: Late goal puts St. Cloud Cathedral boys past River Lakes

John Hirschfeld scores with a minute left to give the Crusaders the win at the Granite City Classic

ST. CLOUD — A late goal by John Hirschfeld lifted St. Cloud Cathedral past River Lakes in the first round of the Granite City Classic boys hockey tournament at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.

Hirschfeld scored with a minute left at 16:00 to beat the Stars.

The teams exchanged first-period power-play goals.

Matthew Windfeldt scored at 3:03 to put the Crusaders up 1-0. Sam Zeiher answered for River Lakes at 13:49.

River Lakes plays Monticello at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the MAC. Cathedral faces Sauk Rapids at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.


Boys Hockey
St. Cloud Cathedral 2,
River Lakes 1

River Lakes (4-5) 1 0 0 — 1
Cathedral (6-3) 1 0 1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD – (1) C: Matthew Windfeldt (Joey Gillespie) 3:03, PP … (2) RL: Sam Zeiher (Joel Sowada, Blake Schultz) 13:49, PP.
SECOND PERIOD – No scoring.
THIRD PERIOD – (3) C: John Hirschfeld (Chandler Hendricks) 16:00.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – RL: Carson Cronquist 30/32 … C: Nick Hansen 21/22

Litchfield/D-C 3,
St. Cloud 2

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato earned the victory over St. Cloud Tech/Apollo in the Granite City Classic at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.

Zach Zwilling scored two goals and Connor Taber scored the game-winner at 1:35 of the third period for the Dragons.

Travis Halonen made 21 saves in goal for the victory.

In other Granite City Classic games, Sartell beat Monticello 3-2 and Providence Academy downed Sauk Rapids 9-2.

Litchfield/D-C plays Sartell at 5 p.m. Wednesday. St. Cloud plays Providence Academy at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Litchfield/D-C (5-4) 1 1 1 — 3
St. Cloud (3-5-2) 1 0 1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD – (1) LDC: Zach Zwilling (Ryan Schutz, Mason Woelfel), 3:39 … (2) SC: Andrew Cumming (unassisted), 8:06
SECOND PERIOD – (3) LDC: Zwilling (Schutz), 1:07
THIRD PERIOD – (4) LDC: Connor Taber (Caden Besemer, Jack Hillman), 1:35 … (5) SC: Nick Matanich (Isaac Baker), 16:26
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – LDC: Travis Halonen 21/23 … SC: Hank Bulson 19/22

MBA Storm 7,
Park Rapids 2

The Morris/Benson Area Storm moved into the final of the MBA Tournament at Benson.


MBA improves to 4-5. Park Rapids fell to 4-6.

The Storm will play Mayville-Portland (North Dakota) in the championship game at 6 p.m. Wednesday. MayPort beat Prairie Centre 10-3 in the other first-round game on Tuesday.

Girls Hockey
Rogers 7,
River Lakes 1

Rogers knocked off River Lakes in the Gold Division semifinals of the Herb Brooks Classic at Super Rink No. 2 in Blaine.

Rogers (11-2-1) beat Duluth 5-0 in the opening round Monday. River Lakes knocked off Western Wisconsin 4-0.

River Lakes’ lone goal was scored by Jordyn Bebus at 3:54 of the first period. It enabled the Stars to tie it at 1-1. Rogers reeled off the next six goals.

River Lakes plays the loser of Tuesday’s other Gold Division semifinal between Proctor/Hermantown and Delano/Rockford. The third-place game is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Super Rink No. 2.

Rogers advances to the championship game at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the TRIA Arena.

River Lakes (6-7) 1 0 0 — 1
Rogers (11-2-1) 2 2 3 — 7
FIRST PERIOD – (1) R: Avery Farrell (Paige Vreeman) 1:38 … (2) RL: Jordyn Bebus (Sophia Hess, Abby Storms) 3:54 … (3) R: Farrell (Vreeman, Anna Scherling) 10:54
SECOND PERIOD – (4) R: Ava Johansson (McKenna Sandberg) 11:25 … (5) R: Justyce Ohlgren (Leah Hatcher, Johansson) 12:08.
THIRD PERIOD – (6) R: Sandberg (Hatcher) 1:01 … (7) R: Johansson (Sandberg, Hatcher) 3:59 … (8) Sandberg (Justyce Ohlgren) 8:25.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – RL: Kaydence Roeske 38/45 … R: Alexa Backmann 20/21

MBA Storm 8,
International Falls 1

Morris/Benson Area got its first victory of the season, besting International Falls in the opening game of the Morris/Benson Area tournament at Benson.


The Storm (1-8-0) will play Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in the tournament championship at 1 p.m. Wednesday. International Falls (0-9) plays Prairie Centre (1-9) in the third-place game.

Litchfield/D-C 5,
Prairie Centre 3

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato moved past the .500 mark following a two-goal win over Prairie Centre in the opening game of the Morris/Benson Area tournament at Benson.

Now at 7-6-0, the Dragons will square off with the MBA Storm for the championship at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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