The Orange team representing Section 2A/AA comprised mostly of the southwestern metro, defeated Section 1A/AA in Sunday afternoon's championship game 5-3 at Plymouth Ice Center.
For much of the game, Section 6A/AA (Gray) pounded away with pressure and held a distinct shot advantage, only to find itself locked into a contentious tie late in the second half.
Then came Henry Lechner (Holy Angels)’s low-angle, near-side top shelf wrist shot that found itself tucked into the back of the net, a strike that changed the fortunes for good as Gray worked its way to an eventual 6-4 victory over Section 7A/AA (Gold) in the festival’s third place game.
Brittan Alstead (Wayzata) finished with a pair of goals as well, giving him three for the weekend, same for Michael Risteau (Benilde-St. Margaret’s).
Ben Doll (Andover) scored twice for the Gold squad, giving him three for the weekend and four points as well.
Section 6A/AA outshot Section 7A/AA 36-18 for the game. -- Drew Herron
Keaton Weis (Rogers) netted a hat trick, and goaltenders Alex Sabev (Irondale) and Gavin Schahn (Centennial) combined for 29 saves as Section 5 (Sky Blue) blanked Section 3 (Green) for 7-0 victory in the 5th place game Sunday morning at Plymouth Ice Center.
Nine different skaters recorded a point in the victory, while four finished with multi-point games for Sky Blue. Owen Smith (Maple Grove), and Drew Krekelberg (Rogers) all finished with a goal and assist, while Andrew Karkoc (Maple Grove) chipped in with two helpers.
Wes opened the scoring with 8:29 left in the first half, and Krekelberg added another about a minute later as Sky Blue took a two-goal lead into the halftime break. Goals kept coming in the second half, and Section 3 was left to chase without much success in cracking the code for Sky Blue’s goaltending, despite putting up 29 shots.
Schahn finished with 16 saves for Sky Blue, and Sabev stopped 13 shots. -- Drew Herron
Section 4A/AA (Royal Blue) erupted with four second-half goals to knock off Section 8A/AA (White) via a 5-2 final Sunday morning at Plymouth Ice Center, earning its first win of the weekend and capturing a seventh place in the process.
Simon Seidl (Hill-Murray) recorded the pure hat trick, stringing together the first three goals of the second half to put the Blue squad on a victory footing and finish the festival with four goals to his credit.
Elijah Bailey (Gentry Academy) and Ben Tauscher (East Ridge) also chipped in for Section 4 as Bailey opened the scoring with 8:30 to go in the first, and Tauscher knocked home an empty-netter in the waning moments.
Andrew Lane (Hill-Murray) and Wesley Strub (Mahtomedi) teamed up for the win between the pipes, combining for 31 saves. -- Drew Herron