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Hockey Night: Rochester Mayo wins Kiwanis Gold Division title

By Legacy Hockey staff, 12/30/22, 10:15PM CST


Dec. 30: Cohen Ruskell scores twice for Spartans in win over East Ridge; Delano uses third-period surge to surprise Hibbing; St. Cloud Cathedral wins battle for Granite City

Rochester Mayo 4, East Ridge 1

ROCHESTER - Senior forward Cohen Ruskell scored twice as Rochester Mayo beat East Ridge on Friday at Graham Arena to win the championship of the Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival - Gold Division for the second straight year.

Both Rochester Mayo and East Ridge won their first two games in the three-day, round-robin tournament, setting up Friday's showdown for the championship.

Samuel Jacoboson and Ruskell scored in the first period as Mayo (7-2-1) bolted to a 2-0 lead. Ruskell scored 2:48 into the third to put the Spartans ahead 4-0.

Grant Kohnen scored a shorthanded goal for East Ridge (3-5-0) with 6:03 remaining. William Sexton's empty net goal with 2 minutes left completed the scoring for the Spartans. 

Ruskell's goals give him a team-leading nine for the season. Mayo's victory was its seventh straight after a 0-2-1 start.

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Dodge County 5, Bloomington Kennedy 0

ROCHESTER - Brett Ludvigsen and Spencer Nierman each scored twice and Jackson Roethler made 16 saves as Dodge County beat Bloomington Kennedy 5-0 to win the Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival - Blue Division championship at Graham Arena.

Ludvigsen's goals give him team-leading 13 this season for the Wildcats (7-4-0), who defeated Windom 7-5 and Luverne 5-1 in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Rohr Brockman made 35 saves for Bloomington Kennedy (1-8-0).

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Delano 6, Hibbing/Chisholm 3

HIBBNG - Delano erupted for five third-period goals as it rallied for a 6-3 win over Hibbing/Chisholm at Hibbing Memorial Arena.

No. 13-1A Delano (4-5-0) took its first lead on Will Brown's power-play goal with 2:07 left. It was Brown's second power-play goal of the game. Brayden Coppin and Jake Oja recorded empty net goals in the final 36 seconds for the final margin.

No. 7-1A Hibbing/Chisholm (9-3-1) took a 1-0 lead on Peyton Taylor's first-period goal. Christian Dickson scored with three seconds left in the second for a 2-1 Bluejackets' lead.

After the Tigers tied the game early the third, Beau Frider gave Hibbing/Chisholm a 3-2 lead with 11:28 remaining. However, Mason Hargarten scored with 10:34 to play to start a four-goal Tigers run to close the game.

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St. Cloud Cathedral 2, St. Cloud 1

ST. CLOUD - Cole Hwang scored with 4:14 remaining as St. Cloud Cathedral rallied for a 2-1 victory over intracity rival St. Cloud in the third round of the Granite City Showcase at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

After a scoreless first period Landon Austin's second-period goal for St. Cloud (4-2-1) looked like it might hold up as the game winner. Landon Swenson sparked the Crusader's comeback as he scored midway through the third.

Goaltender Ben Glaesman made 16 of his 26 stops in the third period for St. Cloud. Nick Hansen stopped 22 shots for St. Cloud Cathedral (4-5-0).

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Rochester Lourdes 6, Windom 5 (OT)

ROCHESTER - Peyton Leslie completed his hat trick with a booming slapshot 2:30 into overtime to lead Rochester Lourdes to a 6-5 win over Windom in the third round the Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival - Blue Division at Graham Arena.

Loeslie scored the first two goals for Rochester Lourdes (5-5-0). Colton Rich and Nels Pierson also added goals as Lourdes led 4-3 after two periods.

Windom (3-6-0) forced overtime when Sonny Heil scored his second goal of the third period and fourth of the game with 1:07 left in the regulation. Heil, a junior, leads Windom with nine goals.

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Orono 3, Providence Academy 1

WARROAD - Connor Lang's goal midway through the third period led Orono to a 3-1 win over Providence Academy in the third round of the Hockeytown Holiday Classic at The Gardens Arena.

Lang's goal gave No. 4-1A Orono (9-1-0) a 2-1 lead with 8:17 left in regulation. Avery Anderson added an empty net, power-play goal with 49 seconds left.

Sammy Lewis scored on a third-period power play to tie the game for No. 9-1A Providence Academy (6-5-0).

Bradley Walker gave Orono a 1-0 lead by scoring with 25 seconds left in the first,

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Bemidji 3, Elk River/Zimmerman 0

BEMIDJI - Dominic Arndt scored twice to lead Bemidji to a 3-0 win over Elk River/Zimmerman in a matchup of Section 8AA foes at Bemidji Community Arena.

Bemidji (6-6-0) led 1-0 after a first-period goal by Dominic Arndt. The score remained 1-0 until Nick Yavarow scored an empty net goal with 1:32 to play. Arndt then added his second goal, another empty net tally, with 11 seconds left.

Tate Metcalf made 16 saves for the shutout.

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Hastings 2, Farmington 0

SOUTH ST. PAUL - Charles Williams and Mark DeNoyer scored in a span of less than 5 minutes late in the second period and Kody Niederkorn made 24 saves as Hastings beat Farmington 2-0 in a South St. Paul Premier semifinal at Doug Woog Arena.

Hastings plays Woodbury at 4 p.m. in today's championship game.

DeNoyer, who scored with 6 seconds left in the second, added an assist on Williams' goal. DeNoyer leads Hastings (4-1-1) with eight points.

Niederkorn, whose .936 save percentage is eighth-best in the state, made 11 of his saves in the first period. He was also whistled for tripping and roughing penalties in the third.

Mitch Getting made 34 saves for Farmington (2-6-0).

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Woodbury 5, St. Paul Highland Park 2

SOUTH ST. PAUL - Woodbury scored four goals in the third period as it recorded a 5-2 win over St. Paul Highland Park in a semifinal of the South St. Paul Premier at Doug Woog Arena.

The Royals play Hastings at 4 p.m. in today's championship game.

Woodbury (6-3-0) trailed 2-1 after two periods. Aiden Grossklaus tied the game with a power-play goal with 12:49 to play. Ethan Hansen then gave the Royals a 3-2 lead with 2:53 to play. Joey Lucius scored with 1:14 remaining before Nik Simek added an empty-net goal.

St. Paul Highland Park (6-3-1) used goals from Will Warner and Isaac Johnson to build a 2-1 lead through two periods.

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