Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By Staff Report
St. Paul, MN
3-Hermantown 3, Duluth Marshall 0
By Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune
Before the beginning of the 2012-13 high school boys hockey season, few thought Hermantown possessed any one scorer at the level of former stars Jon Francisco, Drew LeBlanc or Adam Krause.
But, collectively, the line of center Travis Koepke and wingers Chris Benson and Bo Gronseth has been as productive as any in school history.
Each scored a goal Wednesday afternoon as the Hawks downed Lake Superior Conference rival Duluth Marshall 3-0 in a Minnesota Class A state tournament quarterfinal before 3,554 fans at Xcel Energy Center. The trio now has a combined 85 goals on the season, setting a school record.
“I knew they were going to be good, I had no doubt about that,” Hawks coach Bruce Plante said. “They see each other very well on the ice, they have great vision and are good friends. It’s the type of line you love to have as a coach. What I really love about them is they are fun to be around and are unselfish.” Click here to read the full story.
2-Breck 6, Marshall 1
By Lexi Pluym, Pioneer Press
Marshall's goalie seemed happy. Breck's coach? Not so much.
Not what you'd expect considering Breck had just dominated Marshall 6-1 in the opening game of the state Class A boys hockey tournament Wednesday, March 6, at the Xcel Energy Center.
"Even if we just lost, I don't care," said Marshall goalie Mason Campion, who had 34 saves. "It was fun. I'm just glad we were here."
"We're going to have to ramp it up," Breck coach Les Larson said. No. 3 seed Hermantown awaits the No. 2-seeded Mustangs (25-3-1) in Friday's 11 a.m. semifinals.
Hermantown (24-4-1), runner-up in the past three state tournaments, blanked Duluth Marshall 3-0. Click here to read the full story.
4-East Grand Forks 3, 5-Rochester Lourdes 2
By Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald
In a mismatch of experience, East Grand Forks Senior High was making its first Minnesota state boys hockey tournament appearance since 2002, while Rochester Lourdes was playing in its fifth consecutive state tournament.
The Green Wave, though, proved to belong at the Minnesota prep sports’ signature event.
Kolton Aubol scored two first-period goals and the Green Wave piled up 34 shots on goal in beating Rochester Lourdes 3-2 on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. Click here to read the full story.
1-St. Thomas Academy 12, St. Cloud Apollo 0
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press
St. Thomas Academy's forte this season is defense. Truly.
Never mind that the Cadets scored 12 goals Wednesday, March 6, in a victory over St. Cloud Apollo in the Class A quarterfinals of the state boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.
It's another number that is just as staggering: three shots on goal.
The Cadets threw a defensive blanket of gloom, doom and suffocation over St. Cloud Apollo and didn't let the Eagles breathe until a 12-0 whitewashing was completed. Alex Johnson, Alex Broetzman and Matt Perry scored two goals each, and Pete Tufto added a goal and three assists to lead an attack that produced 73 total shots, 50 of them on goal.
"We don't come into a game thinking we will limit a team to that little offense," said Johnson, a senior forward. "We come into games wanting to play well on both sides of the ice." Click here to read the full story.