Welcome back Wilderness Nation! Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and were able to spend time doing, well, whatever you wanted to do this holiday season. This week was a very brief week in the world of Minnesota High School Hockey with the days off for the holidays. There were still a few games of note for the week so we will touch on the most interesting of those.
Picking up where we left off last week, we start in St. Thomas. The Cadets were at home against what I thought would be a completely over matched Tartan Team. Tartan went blow for blow with St. Thomas, tied 3-3 after one period and found themselves only down by one after the second. Tartan tied it up early, but then STA turned it up and ended up winning with a 2 goal victory 6-4. Next we headed up north to Hermantown where the Hawks hosted New Prague. Hermantown looked like the Hawks from last year as they came out hard early on. Despite being outshot in the first and second period the Hawks were able to make the shots count as they potted 3 in the first and 3 more in the second before New Prague was finally able to beat Hermantown net minder Luke Olsen but it was only the one time as Hermantown wins 6-1. Holy Angels continues to struggle this season as they found themselves visiting Breck. They managed to hold Breck to just one goal through the first two but Breck came out hot in the third and gets two before Holy Angels can respond. Unfortunately, for them that was all they could muster as Breck gets one more before the night was over and takes the 4-1 home victory. The big game of the night though was the game between Eden Prarie and Edina. Edina took the lead early, scoring once in the first. After a very even second period where both teams canceled each other out, they all let loose in the third. Edina scored again less than a minute in and put Eden Prairie on their heels, but the Eagles were able to get within one a few minutes later. Edina then scored less than a minute later again, however to the eagles’ credit they managed to push back yet again, tying the game up. In overtime Edina took care of business, scoring at the 4:40 mark of the overtime period to win the game 4-3.
After getting beaten up in Hermantown, New Prague looked to take some aggression out on somebody. Albert Lea was their victim, after a scoreless first New Prague tagged two in the second and three in the third to take a dominant 5-0 shut out at home. Benilde-St. Margaret’s traveled up to Duluth on Tuesday visiting Mars Lakeview Arena and the hometown Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers. A fast paced first period ended in a 2-2 stalemate. The second was a bit more reserved as the Hilltoppers were the only able to find the net once but luckily for them that’s all they needed as they take out Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3-2. Also on Tuesday we had a battle of powerhouse’s as Lakeville North went to Hill-Murray. Lakeville North jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second, and carried a 3-1 lead in hockey. Scoring their 4th goal, the third by Nick Poehling on the night, Lakeville North had to be feeling confident that they would get the win. To their credit Hill-Murray made a hard charge to tie it up at the end, but fell one short as they fell 4-3 on home ice. Lastly, I wanted to make sure I touched on the surprisingly good team from Mahtomedi. They came into the game against Roseville at 6-1 and look like they are a very sound, well rounded team. After falling behind one in the first, Mahtomedi scored on the power play in the second. Both teams found the back of the net in the third and we were headed to overtime. It didn’t take long though as Mahtomedi scored just two and a half minutes in to seal the win and bring their record to 7-1.
I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and now that we are caught up on this week, we can look forward to another strong week of High School Puck next week!