Lourdes vs. Faribault in the final. See previous post, “Class A Section Rundown.” In summary, Lourdes > Faribault.
Lourdes 4. Faribault 1.
Mound, as most of us figured, has played its way into the final by beating New Ulm 5-1. It was 1-1 after two but then the flood gates opened in the third. Emily Schepers led the way with 2 and 1 and Taylor Smith, well…..she was Taylor Smith stopping 18 of 19. Just another day at the office for her.
Hutch is playing the role of spoiler as they beat #2 seed Delano 2-1 in the semifinal. Hutch goalie Hannah Ladwig was the star of that game saving 27 of 28.
Does Hutch have another upset in them? I doubt it. The Mound Cinderella season continues.
Mound 5. Hutch 2.
An all Mankata final as East met West. As expected there were two tight semifinal matchups. See the “Class A Section Rundown” post. Mankato East edged Luverne in the first semifinal 4-3 on an OT game winner from Gracie Bowman.
Mankato West needed TWO extra periods to beat Marshall 3-2. West’s McKenna Krosch had the OT game winner. Goalie play was outstanding. Mankato West goalie Sarah Olsen saved 45 of 47 shots and Marshall goalie Emma Klenken saved 56 of 59. Wow!
In the final we had another tight one. Mankato East got out to a 4-0 lead through the bulk of two periods. West was able to score their first goal of the game just before the second intermission which gave them a little life. They came out of the intermission and scored two more goals to get with 1 with just under 6:00 to play. I am sure there was a little panic on the East bench at this point. But East was able to maintain their composure and get out of there with the win and the Section 3A Championship.
It will be South St. Paul vs. St. Paul United in the final.
South St. Paul had a bit of a scare in the semifinal vs. Simley. They needed an OT period and a goal from Ashley Jerikovksy to get the 3-2 win. I’m sure they weren’t ready for that!
In the other semi SPU beat Mahtomedi 3-1 despite being outshot 32-21. SPU goalie Kenzie Giese was outstanding in net stopping 31 of 32.
SSP 4. SPU 2.
Breck vs. Minneapolis in the final. It is almost not fair Breck plays Class A. Actually not almost. It is. They are really good and will be for a while.
Breck 7. Minneapolis 1.
Fergus Falls vs. Alexandria. Early in the year Fergus Falls was hovering right around 15 in the Class A rankings. They are now at 11. Still too low. They dispatched River Lakes fairly easily in the semis 5-1.
Alexandria has had an up and down year but generally they are a very good team. They ended the season ranked right below Fergus Falls at 12. The two teams split the regular season series. Each game was decided by one goal. This will be another great one.
Fergus Falls 3. Alexandria 2.
It was a Proctor/Hermantown vs. Duluth Marshall final with Proctor Hermantown coming out on top with a 3-1 win. DM scored the first goal of the game in the first period on a power play and took the lead into the first intermission. But Proctor scored 3 unanswered goals in the second. Interestingly all 3 of those goals were PP goals. And that is where it finished. 3-1 for the Mirage.
Warroad. Warroad wins it easily. They won 16-0 in the semifinal for crying out loud. They should opt up to Class AA. Section semifinal games should not have 16 goal spreads.
Warroad 45. The other team 0.