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Hockey Night: Two Rivers knocks off Highland Park in Section 4A upset

By Legacy Hockey Staff, 02/26/22, 12:30AM CST


Feb. 25: Chisago Lakes has a tough time dispatching of St. Paul Academy; Hermantown reaches another section final

Section 4A Quarterfinals

Two Rivers 5, St. Paul Highland Park 1

ST. PAUL - Ty Ouren stopped 34 of 35 shots as No. 5 seed Two Rivers upended No. 4 seed St. Paul Highland Park 5-1 Friday at Highland Arena.

Ouren, a junior who was a part-time starter this season, made 15 of his saves in a scoreless first period.

Two Rivers' offense kicked into gear late in the second period. Casey Ball and Joe Shepherd each had a goal and an assist as the Warriors (11-14-1) built a 3-0 lead. All three Two Rivers goals came in the final 4:06 of the second.

William Karlen and Lucas Larson scored in the first 2:20 of the third period to give Two Rivers a 5-0 lead.

Javier Hamlin scored the lone goal for Highland Park (10-15-1), which beat the Warriors 3-2 on Nov. 27 in the teams' lone regular season meeting.

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Chisago Lakes 3, St. Paul Academy 1

LINDSTROM - High-scoring Chisago Lakes, Section 4A's No. 3 seed, had a difficult time solving No. 6 seed St. Paul Academy's defense and goaltender Ian Johnson, managing just two goals until Nicholas Helland's empty netter with 34 seconds left clinched the 3-1 victory at Chisago Lakes Ice Arena.

Helland, a senior who ranks among the state scoring leaders with 68 points, assisted on Nikolas Jinks' second-period goal that put the No. 12-1A Wildcats (20-5-1) ahead 2-1. 

Cameron Stangl of St. Paul Academy (8-17-1) and Chisago Lakes' Teo Dieperink traded first-period goals.

Chisago Lakes ranks 10th in the state with 141goals. 

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Section 7A Semifinals

Hermantown 6, Greenway 0

DULUTH - Sophomore Max Plante had four assists and older brother Zam Plante, a junior committed to Minnesota Duluth, had a goal and two assists as No. 1 seed and No. 1-1A Hermantown beat Greenway 6-0 at Amsoil Arena to earn an eighth-straight appearance in the section title game since moving into Section 7A.

Nathan Jurganson made 46 saves for Greenway (13-2-0). 

The Hawks (25-2-0) had appeared in five straight Section 5A championship games before being switched to Section 7A in 2014.

Max Plante, in his first varsity season, has 47 assists, the fourth-highest total in the state.

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