Minnesota State Hockey Tournament Day 1 Recap

The 66th annual Minnesota State High School Hockey
Tournament commenced Wednesday with the Class “A” (smaller schools)
quarterfinals from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

In the first game of the day, Charlie Adams notched a hat
trick, and Gopher recruit Ben Marshall tallied four assists, leading the
second-seeded Mahtomedi Zephyrs (24-5) to a 7-1 victory over the Alexandria
Cardinals (21-7-1). Brad Wohlers made
27 saves for Mahtomedi, who outshot Alexandria 32-28 for the game.

The second Class “A” quarterfinal saw the third-seeded
Hermantown Hawks (26-3) down the Virginia Bluedevils (18-8-3), 2-1. Minnesota-Duluth recruit Adam Krause
scored the game-winning goal just 2:57into the third period,
and assisted on the other Hawks goal, pacing all players in points for the
contest. Hermantown and Mahtomedi
will play in the first semifinal on Friday morning.

The night session started with defending State Champion and
top-seeded Breck (26-2) cruising to an 11-1 win over the New Ulm Eagles
(16-9-1). The Mustangs tied a
tournament record by scoring seven goals in the second period, including five
in a two-minute span.  Nine different
Breck players scored goals, while Kaleb Juntenen netted the lone goal for New
Ulm.

In the nightcap, perennial powerhouse Warroad (24-4) handled
Rochester Lourdes, 9-0.  The
Warriors got six-point each from future North Dakota forward Brock Nelson (2
goals, 4 assists) and Division I hopeful Brett Hebel (3 goals, 3 assists). Andy Foster made 18 saves for Warroad,
who rarely gave Rochester Lourdes any breathing room.  Fourth-seeded Warroad advances to the second Class A
semifinal against Breck, a rematch of last year’s small school State
Championship.

The Class “AA” tournament starts Thursday at 11.  The first game is second-seeded Edina vs Roseau, followed by third-seeded Blaine against Apple Valley. The night session featured the top-seeded Minnetonka Skippers against Lakeville North, and the fourth-seeded Hill-Murray Pioneers against the Duluth East Greyhounds.

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