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State hockey roundup: River Lakes shines in consolation final win

Prep hockey report from west central Minnesota for Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Stars take fifth place in Class A with 2-0 win over Mankato East

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ST. PAUL — The River Lakes girls hockey team wrapped up the most successful season in program history by winning the Class A consolation state championship Saturday at TRIA Rink.

The Stars beat Mankato East 2-0, getting goals from Paige Blattner and Kianna Roeske.

Blattner’s was unassisted and came at 15:49 of the second period. Roeske scored on an empty-netter at 16:52. She is headed to Minnesota State-Mankato in the fall on a hockey scholarship.

Kaydence Roeske made 22 saves to record the shutout for River Lakes, which was making its second straight state appearance.

The Stars were one-and-down last year. This year, they rebounded with two wins after losing to Warroad 7-0 in the quarterfinals.

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In the Class A championship, top-seeded Warroad beat third-seeded Proctor/Hermantown 6-1 to give the Warriors their third state championship. They previously won the Class A title in 2010 and ‘11.

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Class A consolation championship

River Lakes 2, Mankato East 0

Mankato East (16-7-2)          0     0     0 — 0
River Lakes (17-7-1)             0     1     1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD –  No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD –  (1) RL: Paige Blattner (unassisted), 15:49.
THIRD PERIOD – (2) Kianna Roeske (unassisted), 16:52 EN.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Mankato East: Anna Rader 48/50 … River Lakes: Kaydence Roeske 22/22.

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