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Mahtomedi rallies in third period to defeat Mankato East/Loyola

By LOREN NELSON, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/07/18, 12:30PM CST


Trailing 2-1 after two periods, the second-seeded Zephyrs scored three times for a 4-2 victory.

Mahtomedi fans celebrate their team's first goal of the game by Joe Paradise in the first period against Mankato East/Loyola. Photo: BRIAN PETERSON • brian.peterson@startribune.com

Mahtomedi, the state’s sixth-most penalized team in the regular season, has so perfected every nuance to killing penalties that, in practice, the Zephyrs’ power-play sputters to the point that working on it becomes “counterproductive,” according to Mahtomedi coach Jeff Poeschl.

Yet it was power-play goals from Charlie Bartholomew and Kory Pilarski in the final 1:51 that vaulted the No. 2-seeded Zephyrs to a 4-2 victory over unseeded Mankato East/Loyola on Wednesday in the Class 1A state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

“Everybody was getting involved and everybody was moving it quick and fast,” said Bartholomew, the Zephyrs’ scoring leader who slammed a shot underneath Mankato East goalie Jack Cusey for the game winner with 1:51 left.

First Report

Senior Charlie Bartholomew and junior Kory Pilarski scored power-play goals in the final 1:51 of the third period to lift No. 2-seeded Mahtomedi past unseeded Mankato East 4-2 on Wednesday in the first of four Class 1A state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Bartholomew, the Zephyrs’ leading scorer, walked the puck from the side of the Mankato East (16-11-2) net and fired a low shot past Cougar goaltender Jack Cusey for the winning goal with 1:51 left. Pilarski scored just on a wraparound from the same side of the goal just 58 seconds later to put Mahtomedi (21-6-1) ahead 4-2.

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