Chaska goalie Carter Wishart (39) lunges toward a loose puck as it slides across the crease during Saturday afternoon’s game against Prior Lake. Wishart had 19 saves in the Hawks' 4-1 victory over the Lakers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Prior Lake has its share of skill players, to be sure, but the Lakers also have a full compliment of bruisers — tough guys with nasty streaks and bad intentions.
“I had to tell these guys, ‘We are playing a man’s game today,' ” Chaska coach Dave Snuggerud said Saturday after his No. 4-seeeded Hawks upended No. 1 Prior Lake 4-1 in a Class 2A, Section 2 semifinal at Braemar Arena in Edina. “Because their team, they’re men. They’ve got these big boys, and they are men out there.”
To emphasize his point, Snuggerud, on the 40th anniversary of Team USA’s 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic victory over the Soviet Union, channeled his inner Herb Brooks.
Chaska's Zach Seltun (11) looks for options on a power play against Prior Lake. Seltun had a goal and two assists in the Hawks’ 4-1 victory over the Lakers Saturday afternoon at Braemar Arena. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Sophomore forward Zach Seltun had a goal and two assists as No. 4 seed Chaska scored three goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 victory over No. 1 seed Prior Lake in a Class 2A, Section 2 semifinal on Saturday afternoon at Braemar Arena in Edina.
Seltun assisted on freshman Jimmy Snuggerud’s goal that put the Hawks (16-9-2) ahead 3-1 with 6:02 left in the second period then scored an unassisted goal with 3:31 remaining to make it 4-1.
Sophomore Will Schumacher’s power-play goal pulled Prior Lake (18-6-3), ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, to within 4-1 with 1:44 left in the second period.
Chaska sophomore defenseman Max Burkholder helped prevent a goal in the second period, sweeping a puck on the goal line into goaltender Trevor Boschee’s pads.
Prior Lake’s comeback hopes faded in the third period when senior defenseman Laz Kaebel was called for a five-minute major penalty for head contact with 6:38 remaining.
Burkholder scored the lone goal of the first period, connecting on a power play at 4:01.
Chaska freshman goaltender Carter Wishart finished with 17 saves. Boschee, a sophomore, made 24 stops.
Prior Lake's Preston Lindholm (18) jumps around Chaska's William Magnuson (27) during the second period Saturday. The Lakers fell to the Hawks 4-1 in Edina. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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