Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Class A state boys hockey roundup: Top seeds cruise into state semis

Warroad 7, Monticello 1: Monticello took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Quintin Brooks in the first period Wednesday to kick off state tournament action and get everyone pondering an early upset.

But it was all Warroad from there. Less than three minutes of game time later, goals from Carson Pilgrim and Jack Jones had the No. 2 seed back on top. Pilgrim added a short-handed goal later in the contest and Daimon Gardner scored twice for the Warriors, who cruised into their semifinal matchup against Mahtomedi, which is set for 11 am Friday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Gardner and Jayson Shaugabay tied for a game-high three points. The Warriors outshot Monticello 50-19, including a second period in which they won the shot battle 24-3.

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Hermantown 5, New Prague 1: Hermantown jumped all over New Prague before the game had hardly started Wednesday night. The top seed got goals from Wyatt Carlson, Zam Plante and Dominic Thomas all within the first 3:01 of the game.

Plante scored his second of the period later in the frame to extend the Hawks’ lead to 4-1.

William Anderson scored late in the first to put New Prague on the board, but that was all the offense the Trojans could generate. Max Plante scored early in the third period for the game’s final score.

Hermantown outshot New Prague 50-13. Carter Puente tallied 42 saves for the Trojans.

The win comes a year after Hermantown was bounced in the state quarterfinals by Dodge County after the Hawks’ roster was ravaged by a COVID-19 close contact. Now, the Hawks are back to a stage with which they’re awfully familiar: the state semifinals.

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Alexandria 4, Minneapolis 1: Brycen Berg scored a pair of goals to lift fifth-seeded Alexandria into the Class A state semis, where it will meet Hermantown on Friday at 1 pm

He netted the game’s first goal, then scored the eventual game-winner in the second after Minneapolis’ Zander Zoia knotted the contest late in the first period. Alexandria scored twice in the third period — including a late empty netter to put the game on ice.

Minneapolis’ appearance marked the first Minneapolis public school’s trip to the X for the boys state tournament since the mid-1990s. Fourth-seeded Minneapolis outshot Alexandria 26-19.

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