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Hockey Night: Maple Grove deals Wayzata its first loss

By Legacy Hockey staff, 12/29/22, 10:45PM CST


Dec. 29: Back-to-back goals by Blake Steenerson help fuel Crimson; Cloquet wins Heritage tourney in Duluth; Hermantown shuts out East Grand Forks

Maple Grove 4, Wayzata 3

MAPLE GROVE - Blake Steenerson scored twice in 16 seconds in the third period on Thursday as Maple Grove beat Wayzata 4-3 in the third round of the Premiere Holiday Classic in the Grove, handing the Trojans their first loss of the season.

Grant Leneau and Joey Imgrund scored in the first as No. 5-2A Maple Grove (7-2-0) built a 2-0.

Cade De St. Hubert and Rhys Wallin scored to open the second period as No. 2-2A Wayzata (8-1-1), who entered the game as the last unbeaten team in Class 2A, tied it at 2-2.

Steenerson scored on the power play with 7:34 to play and scored 16 seconds later to give the Crimson a 4-2 lead. His goals were his eighth and ninth of the season.

Wayzata's Brooks Geneer scored with 3:24 to play to cut the lead to 4-3.

Jack Roach stopped 32 shots for Maple Grove.

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Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 5, Park of Cottage Grove 2

DULUTH - Three first-period goals, including two from Partricki Dunaiski, powered Cloquet/Esko/Carlton to a 5-2 win over Park of Cottage Grove in the championship game of the Heritage Holiday Classic at the Heritage Sports Center.

Jace Stewart also scored in the first as Cloquet/Esko/Carlton (6-2-0) built a 3-0 lead.

Park of Cottage Grove (9-3-0) and the Lumberjacks traded goals in the second and third periods. CEC's Lucas Rauner scored an empty-net goal with 19 seconds remaining.

The Lumberjacks outshot Park 29-15.

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Hermantown 3, East Grand Forks 0

EAST GRAND FORKS - Garron Opsahl made 24 saves in recording his first shutout of the season as Hermantown defeated East Grand Forks 3-0 in a matchup of top-five Class 1A ranked teams at the East Grand Forks Civic Arena.

The No. 1-1A Hermantown (6-0-1) Hawks took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Wyatt Carlson with 4:20 remaining in the second. Joshua Kauppinen and George Peterson scored in the third.

Chase Nero made 25 saves for No. 5-1A East Grand Forks (5-5-0).

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Roseau 10, Minot (N.D.) 2

ROSEAU - Noah Urness recorded seven points as Roseau handed Minot (N.D.) a 10-2 loss in the third round of the Roseau Holiday Classic at Roseau Memorial Arena.

Urness scored four goals to go with three assists to lead Roseau (8-4-0). The Rams' Jake Halvorson and Gavin Jensen each scored two goals. Halvorson and Preston Lundbohm were credited with three assists.

Minot (7-1-0) entered the contest ranked No. 7 in North Dakota state coaches poll. Brock Jones and Carlton Slinger scored for the Magicians.

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Fergus Falls 5, Detroit Lakes 1

FERGUS FALLS - Fergus Falls scored the first four goals as it defeated Detroit Lakes in the third round of the Fergus Falls Holiday Classic at Fergus Falls Community Arena.

No. 16-1A Fergus Falls (5-2-1) took a 4-0 lead 4:16 into the second period after first-period goals by Jax Katzenmeyer and Joey Johnson and second-period goals by Jack Weide and Colin Becker.

Aiden Kennedy scored in the second for No. 8-1A Detroit Lakes (8-2-1).

Ben Swanson stopped 21 shots for the Otters.

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Superior (Wis.) 2, New Prague 1

PROCTOR - Superior (Wis.) scored two goals early in the second period to record a 2-1 win over New Prague in the third round of the Bill McGann Holiday Classic at St. Luke's Sports and Event Center.

Superior (6-4-0) trailed 1-0 before Carson Gotelaere scored on the power play 2:53 into the second. Lucas Williams recorded the eventual game-winning goal at 10:44 in the second.

No. 12-1A New Prague (5-4-0) got a goal from Braeden Woitas with 1:17 to play in the first.

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Wadena-Deer Creek 5, Little Falls 4

LITTLE FALLS - Cole Woods' power-play goal late in the second period held up as the winner as Wadena-Deer Creek halted a 19-game losing streak to Little Falls, beating the Flyers 5-4 at Exchange Arena.

Aaron Suther scored twice for the Wadena-Deer Creek (6-2-0) as it beat No. 10-1A Little Falls (4-3-1) for the first time since 2004.

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Warroad 5, Orono 2

WARROAD - Warroad scored four unanswered goals in the second period to break open a tie game and beat Orono 5-2 in a matchup of unbeaten teams in the second round of the Hockeytown Holiday Classic at The Gardens Arena.

Carson Pilgrim put No. 2-1A Warroad (8-0-0) ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal 4:51 into the second period. Erick Comstock, Ryan Lund and Jayson Shaugabay added goals as the Warriors extended their lead to 5-1.

Shaugabay's goal was a shorthanded empty-netter with 2:06 remaining.

Bradley Walker scored the lone goal of the second period as No. 4-1A Orono (8-1-0) tied the score at 1-1 heading into the third.

Brooks Fegers scored with 5 seconds left for the Spartans, one of four unbeaten teams entering play on Thursday.

Each team was whistled for 11 penalties for a combined total of 47 minutes. 

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Champlin Park 3, Hill-Murray 2

ST. LOUIS PARK - Jordan Ronn had a goal and two assists as Champlin Park built a three-goal lead through two periods then held on to beat Hill-Murray 3-2 in the third round of the Premiere Holiday Classic in the Park at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.

Drew Belleson scored the lone goal of the first period and Evan Williams and Ronn scored in the second as Champlin Park (7-2-0) built a 3-0 lead.

No. 12-2A Hill-Murray (3-6-0) rallied with goals from Zach Laumeyer and Simon Seidl in the third.

Champlin Park outshot Hill-Murray 41-30.

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Rochester Mayo 4, Fargo South/Shanley (N.D.) 3 (OT)

ROCHESTER - Senior forward Samuel Jacobson scored on a power play in overtime to lift Rochester Mayo past Fargo South/Shanley 4-3 in the second round of the Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival at Graham Arena.

Rochester Mayo (6-2-1) rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three unanswered goals in the second period. Mason Leimbeck, Jacob Brown and Ethan Dennis scored for the Spartans, with Dennis' goal tying the score at 3-3 with 1:08 left in the second.

Zach Skarperud's goal 29 seconds into the second period gave Fargo South/Shanley (8-2-0), the No. 2-ranked team in the North Dakota's state coaches' poll, a 3-0 lead.

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