After giving up the game's only goal in the first period, Minnesota 18U responded, scoring five unanswered in the second period to put away Northern Midwest.
Grace Legebokoff (Dakota Boys) gave Northern Midwest the lead entering the first intermission off a feed from Emily Hart (Red Wing). Calla Frank (White Bear Lake) stopped 11 shots in the opening period before Alexa Ocel (Wayzata) buried a rebound in front of the net and Madeline Wethington (Blake) followed just two minutes into the second period. Frank finished with 23 saves in her half of action.
Hana Collins (Mounds View), Becca Kniss (Eden Prairie) and Ramsey Parent (Blaine) extended the Minnesota 18U lead. Sydney Hules (Mound-Westonka) netted a goal for Northern Midwest to end the 18s scoring run, for the moment.
Minnesota 18U rattled off another four straight goals by Haylee Blinkhorn (Hill-Murray), Catherine Kerin (Visitation), Kniss and Wethington. Elizabeth White (Livionia Stevenson) found the back of the net for Northern Midwest, but was countered by Sadie Peart (Grand Rapids) in the final minute.
Box Score: Minnesota 18U vs. Northern Midwest
Wisconsin trounced North Dakota in the second game of the day, scoring nine straight goals through the first two periods.
Abigail Stow (Eau Claire Memorial) proved to be an offensive catalyst for Wisconsin, netting the game's opening goal 48 seconds in. She finished the game with six points, finding the net and dishing an assist in each period.
Addie Young (Superior) notched two assists in the opening period and scored twice in the second period as Wisconin's second-leading skater.
North Dakota forward Kaylie Klemetsrud (Devils Lake) netted a pair of goals late in the third period to end Wisconsin goaltender Gwen Parker's shutout bid. Parker finished the game with 14 saves.
Box Score: Wisconsin vs. North Dakota
Northern Midwest and North Dakota battled to a 4-4 tie, but through a tiebreaker scenario, Northern Midwest advanced to the third-place game on Sunday.
Kaylee Keledjian (Detroit Honeybaked) gave Northern Midwest the lead just 38 seconds in. Olivia Weisberg (Minot) and Abby Schauer (Madison Capitals) scored late in the opening period to give North Dakota the lead at the intermission. McKenzie Oelkers (Warroad) tied the game in the middle period.
Oelkers assisted Keledjian for a goal in the opening minute of the final period to put Northern Midwest in control. Anna German (Bismark Blizzard) leveled the score for North Dakota, but Keledijian capped a hat trick midway through the third period, courtesy of Oelkers. Madison Schoenberg (West Fargo United) scored the final goal of the game on the power play.
In a preview of Sunday's championship game, Minnesota Seniors continued its dominant run through pool play. Wisconsin also showed its mettle in keeping with the Seniors who had outscored competition 45-2 entering Saturday's final game.
Then Wisconsin came alive. Hadley Malcolmson (Waukesha West) scored a goal that energized the Red bench late in the second period. Eleanor Moser (Farmington) scored to close the middle period, but it didn't discourage Wisconsin who scored twice in the final stanza.
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