The championship featured two hardworking, aggressive, fast paced teams. Section 1A/1AA earned their way to the championship game with wins over Section 6A/6AA and 8A/8AA. Section 7A/7AA made their way past Section 2A/2AA and Section 4A/4AA.
Section 1A/1AA found the back of the net first. Sydney Antonakis (Lakeville North) put home a one-time pass from Emma Schmitz (Rochester Lourdes) just 4:17 into the first half to give Section 1A/1AA a quick lead.
The game would start to find a quicker pace as Section 7A/7AA tried to find a game-tying goal. With 8:49 remaining in the first half, Jamie Nelson (Andover) scored on a loose puck in front of the net. Madelyn Skelton (Cambridge-Isanti) and Claire Vekich (Grand Rapids) were credited with assists on the game-tying goal.
In the net for the first half, Allyn Goehner (Forest Lake) turned away two shots for Section 7A/7AA, while Amanda Lackmann (Lakeville North) stopped ten shots for Section1A/1AA.
The second half proved to be just as defensive as the first. Both teams had solid chances but neither could find the back of net in the second twenty-four-time frame. Josephine Bothun (Forest Lake) kicked away nine shots for Section 7A/7AA. On the other end, Corrin Hanson (Rochester Lourdes) posted her own shutout stopping four shots for Section 1A/1AA.
After forty eight minutes, the teams were still deadlocked. In overtime, Bothun and Hanson combined to make four saves. Section 7A/7AA couldn’t convert on a power play to end the overtime frame. The championship would require a shootout.
Rachel Golnitz (Forest Lake) was the first shooter to find the back of the net as she moved in and fired a shot over Hanson’s glove to take the shootout lead.
Emma Schmitz (Rochester Lourdes) responded with her own goal, making a few quick moves before sliding the puck past an outstretched Bothun.
Ellen Nelson (Forest Lake) sealed the game for Section 7A/7AA when she skated in on the left side and quickly moved her shot from forehand to backhand, shooting the puck just over Hanson’s glove.
Section 7A/7AA would take home the championship on a 2-1 shootout victory over Section 1A/1AA. Section 7A/7AA were coached by Joel Wesloh and Jeff Neidt. Their GM was Nate Reineccius.
Section 8A/8AA claimed third place for the Girls’ 17 with a 7-2 win over Section 4A/4AA. Audrey Jackson (Mounds View) got the scoring started early on a pass from Kensie Malone (Gentry Academy). The lead didn’t last long, however, as Genevieve Hendrickson (Warroad) scored 23 seconds later on a feed from Jordyn Bergstrom (Roseau). Section 8A/8AA used that momentum to increase their lead to three, with goals from Hannah Corneliusen (Warroad) and MacKenzie Bourgerie (St. Michael-Albertville). Bourgerie, Anika Stoskopf (Roseau), Rheo Johnson (North Shore) all had assists on the goals. Section 4A/4AA would bring the game to within one goal late in the first half when Malone found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Sophie Coltvet (Mounds View). Section 8A/8AA then scored four unanswered goals to put the game away. Stoskopf and Corneliusen, would each score once, while Shelby Breiland (Thief River Falls) would score twice to close out the game. Bourgerie, Hendrickson, Kistner, Bergstrom, and Corneliusen would all notch assists on the final four goals. Nettie Kimble (Bemidji) and Gabriella Steele (Thief River Falls) would combine for twenty-four saves for Section 8A/8AA, while Anna Julius (Woodbury) and Rachel Kennedy (Hill Murray) would make thirty-four saves for Section 4A/4AA.
The consolation final was played by two offensive teams but ended up being a defensive battle. Kylie Melz (Minnetonka) scored at 17:48 of the first half with an assist going to Paige McNeil (Shakopee). The goal stood as the only one to find the back of the net the rest of the game. Despite numerous attempts by the Section 6A/6AA offense, Olivia Rinzel (Chaska/Chanhassen) and Brynn Dulac (Minnetonka) stood tall in net for Section 2A/2AA to earn the game shutout. In the other net, Rose Beeman (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) and Clare Bergeron (Wayzata) stood just as tall, only allowing one goal between the two of them. Section 6A/6AA looked to find their scoring touch from the game before, but ultimately it could not be found as Section 2A/2AA held on for the 1-0 win and the consolation championship.
The seventh-place game Sunday morning was all defense, goaltending, and a little bit of luck. Nearing a scoreless half, Fiona Claugherty (East Ridge) scored with 37 seconds remaining. The assists were credited to Rae Ann Seaton (Wayzata) and Emma Fetch (East Ridge). Emerald Kelley (East Ridge) made sixteen saves in her first half shutout, while Anna Gilgosch (Centennial) kicked away fourteen. Nine minutes into the second half, Allie Hatcher (Rogers) scored an unassisted goal to knot the game at one. It wasn’t until the five-minute mark that Savannah Hutchins (Rosemount) took a pass from Kaylee Sullivan (Elk River) to score the eventual game winning goal. With 26 seconds remaining Emelia Barker (Marshall) shot the puck from her own blue line to ice the game with an empty net goal. Amelia Julian (Eastview) made nine saves in the half, while Eliya Johnson (Coon Rapids) stopped ten.