The Section 5A/AA Gray squad got on the board early in each half of its game Friday afternoon at Plymouth Ice Center. Each goal allowed them to play with the lead and come away with a 2-1 win over Section 8A/AA.
Seven total players were factors in the scoring.
Gray’s first goal came from a Chisago Lakes trio, with Dani Burgen (Chisago Lakes) getting the goal at the 4:34 mark of the first half. Kayla Bluhm (Chisago Lakes) and Danielle Brunette (Chisago Lakes) registered the assists as Gray took a 1-0 lead.
Later in the half, having been denied on a breakaway attempt a few minutes earlier, Katherine Bell (St. Cloud) would not be denied a goal in the game for Sky Blue. She scored a shorthanded tally late in the first half, tying the game 1-1. Abigail Chamernick (Warroad) assisted on the goal.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Gray grabbed the lead once again on a Cristian Rice (Maple Grove) goal, assisted by Kaitlyn Hansen (Chisago Lakes). The goal made it 2-1 only 4 minutes, 46 seconds into the second half, but it held up as the game-winner.
Gray faces the winner of the 1A/AA Navy Blue against 6A/AA White game in a Saturday-evening matchup.
– Heather Rule
Section 6 came out strong in their opening game of the Girls 17 Spring Festival, posting 19 shots in the first half. Margaret Malecha (Northfield) stood tall for Section 1 between the pipes, making 18 saves and enabling Lucy Stay (Albert Lea) to give them a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived though as Mary Zavoral (Benilde-St. Margaret's) responded quickly for Section 6 to even the game at 1-1.
In the second half, Section 6 was rewarded for its consistent pressure and puck possession, scoring three goals in a span of seven minutes. Kate Kasica (Blake) gave Section 6 a 2-1 lead, followed by another tally from Zavoral and a goal by Sloan Matthews (Wayzata).
Olivia Herzog (Owatonna) pulled Section 1 back within two goals, but Section 6 locked it down from there for a 4-2 win.
Linemates Whitney Tuttle (Rosemount), Avery Chesek (Eastview) and Sami Bowlby (Burnsville) found instant chemistry and combined for five goals in Section 3's 6-2 win. Tuttle scored twice in the first half and finished with a hat trick and five total points. Chesek and Bowbly each scored once and had three-point nights.
Section 4 pushed back after falling behind 2-0 in the opening frame and Caroline Sajevic (Gentry Academy) cut the deficit in half, but Section 3 scored three more goals early in the second half, including a goal from Apple Valley's Marie Moran, to put the game out of reach.
Aveline Bullert (Mounds View) also scored for Section 4 in the second half.
Angeline Lombardi (Eastview) played both halves and made 26 saves on 28 shots for Section 3.
The final game of the day proved worth the wait as Section 2 and Section 7 treated spectators, evaluators and scouts to thrilling, back and forth finale.
The opening half was a goaltending duel as Sophia Johnson (Minnetonka) and Mackenzie Cole (Grand Rapids-Greenway) each blanked the opposing squad, making 17 and 16 saves respectively.
Isabelle Goettl (Andover) started the scoring, putting Section 7 on the board minutes into the second half. Section 2 then stole the momentum as goals by Grayson Limke (Holy Family) and Madeline Morgan (Holy Family) to earn a 2-1 lead. Andover forward Ella Boerger wouldn't be denied though and won a net front battle on a shot from teammate Josie Hemp to even the score at 2-2 late in the second half.
Neither team was able to find the winner in overtime, forcing a three player shootout. Shae Messner (Holy Family) and Madelyn Helmstetter (Holy Family) each scored for Section 2 in the shootout to earn victory.