Team Northwest's Mason Bergh of Eden Prairie scored the winning goal in the third period against Team Southeast. Photo by Katherine Matthews
Team Northwest's Mason Bergh (15) cruises through the slot area looking for a scoring chance against Team Southeast and goaltender Jake Kielly. Photo by Katherine Matthews
Mason Bergh of Eden Prairie scored the winning goal with 12 minutes, 39 seconds left in the third period as Team Northwest scored four unanswered goals to rally past Team Southeast 4-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League matchup at New Hope Ice Arena in New Hope.
Bergh, playing against six of his Eden Prairie teammates on Team Southeast, ripped a shot from the high slot past sophomore goaltender Jake Kielly – also from Eden Prairie -- for the winner.
Team Northwest, which took over sole possession of first place in the league standings with the victory, scored twice more in the final stages of the third period to cement the win.
Team Southeast’s Willie Brown, a junior forward from Hill-Murray, scored the only goal through the first two periods. He whipped a shot off the left goalpost and past Team Northwest’s Chase Perry, an Andover junior, with 13:30 left in the period. Andrew Knudsen of Eden Prairie set up the goal with a long feed through heavy traffic in the slot.
Andrew Zerban of Elk River and T.J. Roo of Totino-Grace scored for Team Northwest in the closing minutes.
Perry, the league’s statistical leader in save percentage and goals-against average entering the game, finished with 31 saves in yet another sterling performance.
Kielly, who played at the Bantam A level last season, had 37 saves.
1. Mason Bergh, Team Northwest
The senior forward from Eden Prairie passed on two prime scoring chances early in the game as he attempted to set up teammates for tap-in goals. When Knudsen finally decided it was time to shoot, he unloaded a cannon that proved to be the game winner. He also threw his body around with abandon and was a demon the forecheck.