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MNEPDL Blue defeated MNEPDL Gold 3 - 1 Sunday to claim the NIT Championship. Blue opened the scoring 3 minutes into the first on a goal by Colton Berg (Centennial), assisted by Chandler St Michel (Crookston). MNEPDL Gold answered less than 3 minutes later on a goal by Mikey Junker (Hastings) assisted by Tosten Mann (Fergus Falls). 4 minutes into the 2nd period Luke Patterson (Wayzata) scored what proved to be the winning goal off an assist by Easton Brodzinski (Blaine). WIth less than a minute remaining in the period Jake Odegaard (Moorhead) added an insurance goal with assists going to Brian Bunten (Duluth East) and Jason Koehn (Grand Rapids). In goal for Blue Adam Huglen (Crookston) stopped 11 shots and Sean Wendlandt (Hill Murray) played the last half of the game and finished with 13 saves. For the tournament goalies for both of the teams performed very well -- Huglen finished with a save % of 97.7% and Wendlandt 93.1%. For the Gold team Lucas Murray (Virginia) compiled a save % of 93.0% and Jalen Long (Benilde) finished at 91.9% .
In NIT Semi-final games Saturday MNEPDL Blue defeated Hill Academy and MNEPDL Gold defeated Massachusetts to set up the championship game on Sunday. MNEPDL Blue got goals from Gunner Goodmanson, Easton Brodzinski, Jake Odegaard, and Gavin Payne along with strong goaltending by Sean Wendlandt and Adam Huglen. Goodmanson also picked up an assist and Dalton Weigel chipped in 2 assists in the win.
MNEPDL Gold goals were scored by Owen Larson, Jacob Nystrom, Max Johnson, Garrett Wait, Kieffer Bellows and Zach Risteau. Bellows and Myles Cunningham both had 2 assists. Lucas Murray and Jalen Long combined to stop 25 shots.
The championship game will be played at 11:45am Sunday at the Plymouth Ice Center. The 3rd place is Hill Academy vs. Massachusetts at 9:15am.
In the Consolation round Saturday Shattuck defeated Michigan 4 - 1 and North Dakota defeated Manitoba 5 - 3. Sunday games are Michigan vs. Manitoba at 9:30am, and Shattuck vs. North Dakota at Noon.
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