With victories at today’s Minnesota District Tier 1 Championships, three Minnesota teams advanced to the Girls 14U and Youth 14U USA Hockey National Championships, which will be held April 1-6, 2020. Due to the Girls 14U National Championship being held at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minn, Minnesota will send two teams to the 14U Girls Tournament, including the District Champion, as well as the host team.
The champions include the undefeated and League champion District 6 Lakers 14U Girls team, and Shattuck-St. Mary’s 14U Youth team. The District 3 Walleye Girls team also earned a berth at the National Tournament with a 3-1 victory over the District 8 Moose this afternoon. Shattuck-St. Mary’s will head to Chicago, Ill. for the 14U National Tournament.
Girls 14U – The Lakers, who avoided a loss with a 12-0-1 record during the Tier 1 regular season, earned their way to Nationals for the first time since 2016 with a 6-1 win over the Moose (District 8). Six different players tallied goals for the Lakers, who burst to a 4-0 lead in the second period, following a scoreless first. Kendra Distad, who tallied the game-winner, added two assists in the victory.
Youth 14U – The Shattuck St-Mary’s 14U Youth team earned the Minnesota District title with a 2-0 win over the Walleye (District 3) in a rematch of last year’s District Final. Zeev Buium and Cooper Pierson scored the goals for Shattuck, and Jeremy Carpenter stopped all 12 shots he faced to earn the shutout victory.
Girls 14U Play In Game – The Walleye (District 3) overcame a loss to the Lakers in Saturday’s semifinal game to win the Consolation championship over the Moose and earn their way to the 2020 National Championships. Madison Soukup netted the game-winner late in the first period and the Walleye also got power play goals from Gretta Pioske and Erin Palony.
Minnesota will send five more teams to the National Championships with five more District Championship games later this fall. District playoffs will be held at the Youth 15 level next weekend at the Plymouth Ice Center. The Girls 16U and Girls 19U levels will be determined on October 22 at Plymouth Ice Center. The Youth 16U champion will be decided on November 5 at the Super Rink. The Youth 18U playoffs are to be determined.