The number one ranked Hill Murray Pioneers slipped past rival South St. Paul by a score of 3-2 in Classic Suburban Conference play at Wakota Arena Saturday. The Pioneers led by a score of 3-0 on first period goals by Tyler Zepeda and Nick Widing. JD Controneo scored a power play goal at 9:26 of the second period that wound up being the game winning goal. South St. Paul fired back with a second period goal by Jake Ogilve at 11:13 of the second. As the Pioneers have shown, they deliver defensively in the third period and held the two goal lead until Zach Palmquist set up Ryan Miller with :34 on the clock, making for an interesting finish. Tim Shaughnessy made 12 saves for the win as the Pioneers improved to (4-0) on the season. Adam Wilcox was good for 19 saves in the net for South St. Paul who fell to (3-2-1).
Three third period goals by the Centennial Cougars improved their quick start (3-0) on the season launching them to a 4-1 win over the Champlin Park Rebels Saturday at the Ice Forum in Champlin Park. The third period goals by Willie Hess, Jordan Lovick, and Tyler Pitlick opened up a game that the Cougars led 1-0 after two periods. Pitlick had two assists to go along with his goal and Lovick also added an assist in the Cougar win. The Rebels lone goal came in the third period by Tom Bradbury at 14:09. The Rebels record evened out to (2-2) on the season.
The Holy Angels Stars avenged a 5-2 loss Friday with an impressive 3-2 win Saturday over Culver Academy Prep in a rare back to back series on the road. Danny Mattson potted the game winner for the Stars at 10:46 of the third period. Kit Sitterly opened the scoring for Culver in the second period. The Stars responded back with two of their own as Ryan Reilly and Connor Polacek gave the Stars the lead early in the third period. Culver Academy tied it at two as Bradly McBride scored at 10:10. It was then that Mattson responded :36 later with the game winner. For the Stars (3-1) Danny Mattson had 2g-3a-5pts over the weekend which came back on day two in impressive fashion.
#6 Blaine 9 Coon Rapids 0
The Blaine Bengals continue their assault in High School Hockey as they defeated the Coon Rapids Cardinals 9-0 in Northwest Suburban Conference action. Zac Frischmon had 2 goals and 2 assists and Nick Bjugstad scored a pair with an assist to pace it for the Bengals who maintained the perfect record (5-0, 4-0). The Cardinals fell to (0-4, 0-3)
The Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars defeated the Lakeville South Cougars 10-2 Saturday and are setting up a conference that appears to be heading toward a battle between the Jags and Eden Prairie Eagles. After a 3-2 first period lead, it was four goals in the second that allowed Jefferson (4-0, 3-0) to pull away. The Cougars fell to (2-2, 2-2). The Cougars had won 2 straight prior to the loss Saturday.
It was a tough run to the range for the #9 ranked Royals as they dropped a pair of games. The first was a 6-4 loss Friday to Hermantown despite an Archie Skallbeck hat trick. Saturday, they traveled to tradition rich Virgina where they lost 5-4. Johnnie Hicks put the Royals in front with a first period goal. Virginia-Mt Iron Buhl responded with two in the second on goals by Chris Westin and John Kresbach. Westin completed the hat trick and finished the Royals in the third period as they opened a 5-2 lead. Late goals by Nate Seasore and Hicks made for a tight finish.
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