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Hockey Night: Ely records historic victory

By Legacy Hockey staff, 12/12/23, 11:30PM CST


Dec. 12: Wolves beat International Falls for first time; D is for drama in Delano; Cathedral continues impressive early season run

Ely 3, International Falls 2

ELY - Deegan Richards scored twice, including the goal that proved to be the game winner, as Ely beat International Falls 3-2 on Tuesday at Ely Ice Arena for what is believed to be the Wolves' first win over the Broncos in a series that dates to the 1950s.

Richards, a senior forward who has six goals this season, opened the scoring with 1:33 left in the first period. His winning goal came 39 seconds into the third period and put Ely (6-2-0) ahead 3-1.

Asher Keep pulled the Broncos (0-3-0) to within 3-2 with 38 seconds remaining.

Ben Leeson made 32 saves for Ely as the Timberwolves were outshot 34-25.

The historic outcome is similar to a Red Lake Falls victory over Thief River Falls last season that is believed to be the Eagles' first win over the Prowlers in another long-running series.

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Delano 4, Southwest Christian/Richfield 3 (OT)

DELANO - D stands for drama in Delano these days, as the Tigers beat Southwest Christian/Richfield 4-3 at the Delano Area Sports Arena for their third straight one-goal victory and second straight in overtime.

Mason Hargarten scored the winner 2 minutes into the extra session. The goal was the second of the season for the junior forward.

Jake Heinzen scored early in the third period to pull Delano (3-2-0) into a 2-2 tie. The Tigers were coming off a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 win over Breck on Saturday.

Tate Hardacre and Owen Zick each had a goal and an assist for Southwest Christian/Richfield (2-1-0).

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St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Alexandria 0

ALEXANDRIA - Andrew Dwinnell and Ben Petroske scored for St. Cloud Cathedral and Nick Hansen made 16 saves for the shutout in the Crusaders' 2-0 win over Alexandria at the Runestone Community Center.

The victory was the sixth straight for unbeaten Cathedral (6-0-1), which has prevailed over several of the state's top Class 1A teams, including Warroad and East Grand Forks. 

Brady Metcalf stopped 44 shots for Alexandria (2-3-1).

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Chanhassen 4, St. Thomas Academy 0

MENDOTA HEIGHTS - Gavin Uhlenkamp scored twice on power plays and Kam Hendrickson stopped 21 shots as Chanhassen cruised past St. Thomas Academy 4-0 at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights.

Uhlenkamp, a senior who has committed to Wisconsin, scored early in the second period to put the Storm (3-3-0) ahead 2-0. The Mr. Hockey candidate closed the scoring with the only goal of the third period. He has five goals this season.

The shutout was the first of the season for Hendrickson, a leading candidate for the Frank Brimsek Award that goes to the state's top senior goaltender.

Cody Niesen stopped 30 shots for the Cadets (3-3-0).

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Hill-Murray 3, Mahtomedi 1

MAPLEWOOD - Lucas Mann had a goal and an assist and Andrew Lane stopped 19 shots as Hill-Murray held off Metro East Conference rival Mahtomedi for a 3-1 victory at Aldrich Arena.

Jude Bonin scored midway through the first period for a 1-0 Hill-Murray lead, and the score stayed that way until early in the second when Caden Zasada put the Pioneers (3-1-1) ahead 2-0. 

Defending state Class 1A champion Mahtomedi (2-5-0) answered with goal by Max Strecker to make it 2-1, but Mann scored less than two minutes later as Hill-Murray regained its two-goal advantage.

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Sartell-St. Stephen 3, Moorhead 3 (OT)

MOORHEAD - Brayden Klande scored with 2:57 left in regulation and Noah Hacker made 33 saves as unbeaten Sartell-St. Stephen forged a 3-3 tie with Moorhead at the Moorhead Sports Center.

Sartell-St. Stephen (5-0-1) has allowed more than two goals just twice all season, in part because of the strong play of Hacker (.923 save percentage, 2.09 goals-against average).

Klande, a sophomore, has five goals this season to lead the Sabres.

Mason Kraft scored two power-play goals for the Spuds (3-3-1). 

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Lakeville South 4, Lakeville North 1

LAKEVILLE - After going scoreless in his first three games of the season, Jack Starfield had a goal and two assists as Lakeville South beat Lakeville North 4-1 at Hasse Arena in the latest chapter of one of the state's great rivalries.

Starfield, a junior forward, scored 7:06 into the third period to put unbeaten Lakeville South (4-0-0) ahead 4-0.

Drew Jacobson scored the lone goal for Lakeville North (1-4-0).

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Rock Ridge 3, Duluth Denfeld 1

VIRGINIA - Third-period goals by Zac Norberg and Kasey Lamppa lifted Rock Ridge to a 3-1 win over Duluth Denfeld at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center.

Lamppa scored in the first period for Rock Ridge (4-1-0) and Nolan Harju answered in the second for Duluth Denfeld (4-3-0).

Denfeld's Connor Doyle was the busier of the two goaltenders stopping 39 shots compared to Ryan Rothfork's 24 saves for the Wolverines.

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