Grand Rapids, Hermantown Capture Minnesota State Titles

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Samberg’s OT Winner Leads Hermantown to its Second Straight Class A Title

Dylan Samberg’s goal, 7:40 into the second overtime period, ignited Hermantown to its second consecutive Class A title with a 4-3 victory over Monticello in the final of the 2017 Minnesota High School State Championships at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Samberg had a goal and three points in the victory and Tyler Watkins scored twice for Hermantown, including his game-tying goal with 8:35 remaining in regulation to force sudden-death. Jesse Jacques also found the back of the net in the two-goal third period for Hermantown while Cade McEwan finished with 21 saves in net.

“All of a sudden I heard the thud of the back of the net and everybody started cheering,” said Samberg. “My mind went into a blur after that.”

Overtime has become somewhat of a norm over the course of the Class A Tournament for Hermantown and for the third straight night decided to add a little flare en route to the title.

The Hawks defeated Annandale and Maple Lakes in overtime in the first two rounds of the tournament on Thursday and Friday.

Junior Tyler Watkins originally appeared to have scored the game-winning goal for Hermantown when his shot went into the back of the net, but the goal was waved off after Ryan Sandelin was issued to be in the crease.

That minor setback was short-lived for Hermantown, however, and Samberg became the hero a few minutes later.

“I would’ve never forgiven myself if we didn’t win this game,” said Sandelin. “That’s the biggest reward that we never gave up and that we believed in each other and got it done.”

Hermantown outshot Monticello 55-24, but it was the play in net from Tyler Klatt that kept Monticello in the game.

Klatt had 54 saves in the loss for Monticello and Ben Ward and Nick Zwack each found the back of the net.

Box Score

First Period

None

Second Period

Monticello — Casey Chiodo. :52

Monticello — Ben Ward (Nick Zwack, Charlie Voller). 1:53

Hermantown — Tyler Watkins (Dylan Samberg, Darian Gotz). 3:14

Third Period

 Monticello — Nick Zwack (Ben Ward, Charlie Voller). :26

Hermantown — Jesse Jacques (Dylan Kolquist, Ryan Sandelin). 9:16

Hermantown — Tyler Watkins (Ryan Sandelin). 11:25

First Ovetime

None

Second Overtime

Hermantown — Dylan Samberg (Parker Simmons). 7:40 

Hain’s Hat Trick Guides Grand Rapids to Class AA Title

Gavin Hain struck for a hat trick and had four points to send Grand Rapids to a 6-3 victory over Moorhead at the 2017 Minnesota High School State Finals at Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Grand Rapids came out guns blazing with the Class AA title on the line and wasted no time in ensuring its dominance, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the second period.

“I saw my players do things in the last two days that quite frankly I haven’t seen them do all year,” said Grand Rapids’ head coach Trent Klatt. “Tonight and last night was the best hockey we’ve played all year and I guess if there’s a time to play your best it be down here.”

The Thunderhawks defeated Eden Prairie 3-2 in the semifinals on Friday night on a goal by Connor Stefan and it was Blake McLaughlin who had two goals and three points in the win for Grand Rapids in the finals.

Micah Miller had a goal and one assist. Zach Stejskal stopped 25 shots in net to pick up the victory for Grand Rapids.

“I think we were a little battle tested more than maybe some of the other teams,” said Micah Miller.

Carter Randklev, Jacob Holtgrewe and Jack Stetz each scored in the loss for Moorhead.

“Obviously we didn’t have an answer for their top line tonight,” said Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman. “We made plenty of plays, just not enough to win.”

Box Score

First Period

Grand Rapids — Gavin Hain (Michael Heitkamp) PPG. 7:26

Grand Rapids — Blake McLaughlin (Gavin Hain). 10:05

Second Period

Grand Rapids — Gavin Hain. 8:52

Grand Rapids — Gavin Hain (Micah Miller). 11:48

Moorhead — Carter Randklev (Ethan Frisch) PPG. 15:45

Moorhead — Jack Stetz (Carter Randklev, Carter O’Connell). 16:44

Third Period

Grand Rapids — Micah Miller (Blake McLaughlin). 5:55

Moorhead — Jacob Holtgrewe. 9:15

Grand Rapids — Blake McLaughlin (Michael Heitkamp). 15:45

Road to the Finals

Friday, March 10

Monticello rallies in third to knock off Northfield

Nick Zwack broke a 2-2 tie with three-minutes left in the third to rally Monticello to a 3-2 victory over Northfield.

Monticello trailed 2-0 late in the second period, but Ben Ward scored with four-minutes left in the second and Casey Chiodo connected on the power-play at 10:39 of the third to even the score at two a piece.

Tyler Klatt stopped 21 shots in net to pick up the victory for Monticello and Nick Foldesi had two assist.

Conner Malecha and Jacob Halvorsen each scored in the loss for Northfield and Ryan Bielenberg had 31 saves in net.

Sandelin’s OT winner sends Hermantown over St. Cloud Cathedral

Ryan Sandelin scored off of a pass from Tyler Watkins at 7:38 of overtime to send Hermantown to a 6-5 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral.

Sandelin erupted for four goals in Hermantown’s win ad Eliott Peterson and Matt Valure each found the back of the net.

Dylan Sanberg had a game-high three assists for Hermantown and Cade McEwan had 22 saves in net.

Connor Beltz had two goals in the loss for St. Cloud Cathedral and MIchael Sperthmann, Reagan Garden and Jake VanHalbeck each found the back of the net.

Leonard stifles Lakeville to send Moorehead to victory

Lance Leonard stopped 40 shots in net to send Moorehead to a 3-2 victory over Lakeville. Leonard has stopped 87 of the 94 shots he has faced in the state tournament and Carter Randklev had a goal and an assist in the win for Moorehead.

Kyler Kleven Jack Stetz each scored in the win for Moorhead and Cole O’Connell had two assists.

Josh Ess and Zach Bauer each scored in the loss for Lakeville and Isaiah DiLaura had 29 saves in net.

Stefan’s third period goal leads Grand Rapids past Eden Prairie

Connor Stefan scored with 12-minutes left in the third period to send Grand Rapids to a 3-2 victory over Eden Prairie.

Stefan finished with three points in the victory and John Stampohar and Keaghan Graeber each found the back of the net for Grand Rapids. Zach Stejskal stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced in net for Grand Rapids.

Jack Jensen and Ryan Lesko each scored in the loss for Eden Prairie and NIck Weincek had 22 saves in between the pipes.

Thursday, March 9

Balanced attack leads Lakeville South over St. Thomas Academy

Lakeville South used five different scorers to knock off St. Thomas Academy 5-2 at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Jack Olsen broke a 1-1 tie at the 4:55 mark of the second period for Lakeville South and Bradley Golant had a goal and an assist.

Dawson Klein, William Moore and Cory Checco each scored in the win for Lakeville South and Isaiah DiLauro stopped 31 of 33 shots in net to pick up the victory.

Ray Christy and Brendan McFadden each scored in the loss for St. Thomas Academy and Atticus Kelly had 22 stops in between the pipes.

Strong second period powers Moorhead over Hill-Murray

Moorhead erupted for three goals in the second period and Jacob Holtgrewe scored a goal and recorded an assist to send Moorhead to a 4-2 victory over Hill-Murray.

Carter Randklev broke a 1-1 tie at the 9:53 mark of the second period and Matt Herbranson and Jack Stetz each connected in the second for Moorhead.

Lance Leonard was the rock in net for Moorehead and stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up the victory.

Derick Breezee and Joseph Quast each scored in the loss for Hill-Murray and Jack Begley had 34 saves in net.

Eden Prairie erupts for three goals in third to knock off Wayzata

Noah Deraney, Nicky Leivermann and Nolan Sullivan each scored in the third period to rally Eden Prairie over Wayzata 3-1.

Deraney evened the score at 1-1 off a pass from Spencer Rudrud at the 10:31 mark of the third and Leivermann scored the game-winner at 15:38. Sullivan added an insurance goal with an empty netter with 3:30 left.

Nick Wiencek stopped 14 of 15 shots to pick up the victory in net for Eden Prairie.

Grant Anderson scored the lone goal in the loss for Wayzata 55 seconds into the second period and Reid Waszczenko stopped 35 of 37 shots in net.

McLaughlin strikes for two goals to send Grand Rapids past Maple Grove

Jack Burnson scored a power-play goal to break a 2-2 tie with 9:05 left in the second on the power-play to send Grand Rapids to a 6-4 victory over Maple Grove.

Grand Rapids erupted for four goals in the second period Black McLaughlin struck for two goals.

Drake Anderson and John Stampchar each found the back of the net in the win for Grand Rapids and Zach Stejskal stopped 25 shots in net.

Trevor Kukkonsen, Justin Kelly, Sam Huff and Jayden Walsh each scored in the loss for Maple Grove and Ethan Haider had 28 saves i net.

Wednesday, March 8

Strong second period leads Monticello over Delano

Nick Zwack broke a 1-1 tie with a shorthanded goal in the second period and struck for three goals in the second period to knock off Delano 3-2.

Zwack’s second goal of the game, off an assist from Ben Ward, proved to be the difference maker at the 13:11 mark and Troy Dahlheimer added an insurance goal with at 15:08 to secure the win for Monticello.

Tyler Klatt was the difference maker in net for Monticello and stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced to pick up the victory in net.

John Keranen and Justin Daley each scored in the loss for Delano and Jackson Hjelle stopped 26 shots in between the pipes.

Northfield rallies in third period to knock off Mahtomedi

Nicholas Kvernmo scored two goals in the third period, including the game-winner to break a 1-1 tie 1:04 into the third, to lead Northfield past Mahtomedi 3-1.

Kvernmo took a pass from Gage Hofstad to score the winner and added an empty net goal on a feed from Conner Malechia at the 15:52 mark.

Ryan Bielenberg was the difference maker in net for Northfield and finished with 34 saves.

Dallas Duckson scored the lone goal in the loss for Mahtomedi and Bailey Huber stopped 19 of 21 shots in net.

Kolquist’s OT winner sends Hermantown over Luverne

Dylan Kolquist scored 42 seconds into overtime to ignite Hermantown to a 3-2 victory over Luverne at the Xcel Center in St Paul.

Kolquist took a feed from Jesse Jacques and beat Luverne goaltender Cade McEwen for the winner. Hermantown jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, on goals by Tyler Watkins and Ryan Sanelin, but Luverne was able to rally.

Tyler Reisdorfer scored a power-play goal for Luverne at 15:06 of the second and added his second goal of the game at 14:52 of the third to send the game into overtime.

Kaden Ericson stopped 49 shots in net in the loss for Luverne and Cade McEwen stopped 24 shots to pick up the win for Hermantown.

St. Cloud Cathedral Erupts for Six goals in win over East Grand Forks

Jake VanHalbeck struck for two goals and four points to power St. Cloud Cathedral to a 6-3 victory over East Grand Forks at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Reagan Garden broke a 1-1 tie at the 15:42 mark of the first period on the first of his two goals and Michael Sperthmann had a goal and three points for St. Cloud Cathedral.

Hunter Olsen cut the deficit to 4-3 after the second period for East Grand Forks, with a goal at the 16 minute mark, but St. Cloud Cathedral struck twice in the final frame to put the game away.

Garden and VanHalbeck each scored in the third and Jake Levinski stopped 23 of 26 shots in net to pick up the victory.

Casey Kallock and Cody Wolff also scored in the loss for East Grand Forks and Tucker Brown had 31 saves in between the pipes.

Written by Chris Costa/HockeyClan

@ChrisCostaHS

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