Class A Section Update and State Tourney Preview

Section 1A

Lourdes absolutely dominated Faribault in the final. Faribault averaged 35 shots per game and 5.17 goals per game during the regular season. Faribault forward Olivia Williamson had 40 goals coming in to the game. In the section final Lourdes held Williamson to 0 points and the whole team to just 13 shots. Lourdes’ Abby Wick led the way with 3 and 1, Emma Schmitz had 3 assists, and Allison Smith had 2 goals.

Lourdes 7. Faribault 1.

Section 2AA

Hutch sophomore goalie Hannah Ladwig stepped up for her team in the playoffs. In the first two games of the postseason Hannah faced 42 shots and saved 40. In the final game vs. Mound Westonka she kept her Tiger teammates in the game facing 44 shots while saving 42 of them. Unfortunately the Tiger offense could only put one puck in the back of the net. Why? Because Mound has Taylor Smith. And all Taylor does is vacuum up pucks. Mound has a very evenly balanced team but the backbone of the team is Taylor Smith. Hutch was able to get 28 pucks on the net in the final but Taylor stopped 27 of them.

Brooke Pioske had 1 and 1 and Lauren Burris had 2 assists for Mound.

Mound 2. Hutch 1.

Section 3A

See previous post

Section 4A

SPU has been outshot 65-32 in the section playoffs. SPU goalie Kenzie Geise has saved 63 of her opponents shots. And thanks to Kenzie’s outstanding play SPU is your Section 4A champion.

SPU 2. SSP 1.

Section 5A

Well, as expected, Breck throttled Minneapolis. Allyson Qualley had 3 and 1. Olivia Mobley had 2 and 3. Carly Beniek had 5 assists. Uma Corniea had the 24 save shutout.

Breck 7. Minneapolis 0.

Section 6A

Fergus Falls found themselves down 0-1 after the first period but they scored 3 unanswered goals in the second. Alexandria turned up the heat in the third with 16 shots yet could not find the back of the net. Fergus Falls’ goalie Jadyn McKeever was very good saving 32 of 33. Fergus Falls is your champion despite being outshot 33-16. The Otters’ Ellie Andersen scored two power play goals.

Section 7A

See previous post.

Section 8A

Warroad won the game vs. TRF 4-1. The game happened on the 14th. It is the 18th and the box score is still not updated on Star Tribune’s Hockey Hub.

Class A Tourney Preview

This is a two horse race between defending champ Breck and #1 seed and unbeaten Warroad. There are really just two outlying bumps in the road for them. The first being SPU goalie Kenzie Geise who has had a huge postseason and has carried her team to the State Tourney. As we know a hot goalie can steal a game. The second being another goalie that could cause problems for Breck in the second round- Taylor Smith of Mound Westonka. But when all is said and done it should be a Warroad vs. Breck final. Again. Breck beat Warroad just seconds into OT last year. These teams are evenly matched and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another OT game this year. But this time Warroad will take home the title.

Warroad 4. Breck 3.

I believe we will get a Lourdes vs. Mound Westonka matchup in the 3rd place game. When all is said and done Mound will have ONE blemish on their record (the semifinal loss to Breck) and a 3rd place trophy to show for it. Keep in mind the White Hawks won only 8 games last year.

Mound 3. Lourdes 1.

Proctor will take on Fergus Falls in the consolation championship and will win the game.

Proctor 5. Fergus Falls 2.

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