Walleye forward Andrew Streeter sets up to shoot from the doorstep while Green Giants goalie Wyatt Pilkenton (Andover) moves in position to make the save late in the third period Saturday on Rink A. Photo by Drew Herron
The Green Giants held off a spirited fight from the Walleye Saturday afternoon at Plymouth Ice Center as the top-seeded Giants worked their way to a 5-3 victory that secures their spot in the championship round.
Andrew Carls (Coon Rapids) finished with two goals to lead the charge for the Green Giants, who saw an early two-goal lead level before the Giants pulled away late.
Matt Everyone (Lino Lakes), Dylan Cook (Princeton), and Blake Johnson (Ramsey) all contributed goals to the Green Giants’ effort.
The Walleye briefly tied the game at 2, but were never able to sustain the zone time or pressure to push back on Green. Bennett Glad and Chayton Fischer scored goals for the Walleye, as did Thomas Nelson, who banged home a loose puck from the doorstep as time expired.
The Green Giants will face Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sunday on Rink A for the shot to move on to that national championships next April in Plymouth, MI. - Drew Herron
The Shattuck-St. Mary's 15U team played fast and physical from the start, and the effort wore down a determined Blue Ox team Saturday afternoon via 4-1 final.
Shattuck-SM led 1-0 after the first period, and after the Ox (a team comprised of players from northern Minnesota) tied the game midway through the second, the Sabres answered quickly, then went to work.
SSM scored the game's final three goals to pull away as Luke Buss (Columbus, OH) scored twice in the third period to lead Shattuck.
Along with Buss, Charlie Lurie (Minnetonka) and Jack Slayton (Oster Bay, NY) scored goals in the victory for the Sabres.
The victory puts Shattuck-St. Mary's in the finals Sunday against the Green Giants. Puck drop is 1:15 on RInk A at PIC. - Drew Herron
Shattuck-St. Mary's Ethan Begg takes a swing at the loose puck while Blue Ox defenseman Nick Troutwine and goalie Jacob Walsh work to extinguish the scoring threat Saturday. Photo by Drew Herron