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Hockey Night: Duluth East, Blaine play to OT draw

By Legacy Hockey staff, 12/30/23, 9:30PM CST


Dec. 30: Four games finish in ties; Cathedral wins battle of St. Cloud; Mahtomedi too much for Orono

Duluth East 4, Blaine 4 (OT)

BLAINE - Duluth East scored three unanswered goals in the final period, including two from Thomas Gunderson and a dramatic penalty shot goal from Noah Teng, as it rallied to a 4-4 overtime tie with Blaine on Saturday night at Fogerty Arena, one of four games in a statewide schedule of 15 that ended in a draw after the extra season.

Teng converted his penalty shot attempt with just eight seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime period.

Blaine (1-9-1) led 3-0 after the first period and 4-1 heading into the third thanks in part to a goal and two assists from sophomore forward Cooper Bayer. 

Gunderson scored his first goal 4:46 into the first period and added another less than 5 minutes later to pull the Greyhounds (3-8-1) to within 4-3. He leads Duluth East with 10 goals.

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Waconia 0, Hutchinson 0 (OT)

HUTCHINSON - Goalies grabbed the spotlight as Waconia's Brody Butler and Hutchinson's Lukas Heilman were both flawless in a rare 0-0 overtime tie at Burich Arena in Hutchinson.

Heilman was the busier of the two, making 29 saves - including 15 in a hectic third period.

Butler finished with 25 saves for Waconia (4-6-1) and also was put to the test in the third, when he made 13 stops.

Hutchinson (3-5-1) extended its unbeaten streak to three games - a noteworthy achievement given the Tigers lost five straight earlier this season

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Park Rapids 1, Greenway 1 (OT)

COLERAINE - Jeron Pinoniemi's power-play goal with 5:08 remaining in regulation boosted Park Rapids into a 1-1 tie with Greenway at Hodgins-Berardo Arena, and the game ended with the same score after a goal-less 8-minute overtime period.

Caiden Carpenter put Greenway ahead 1-0 just 1:21 into the second period. 

Park Rapids goaltender Sawyer Torgelson, who missed much of the early part of the season because of injury, had a 32-save performance. 

The Panthers (5-3-2) have played in four overtime games, including three of their last four, and are unbeaten with a 2-0-2 record in the extended games.

Derek Gibeau made 26 saves for Greenway (2-7-1).

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Princeton 2, River Lakes 2 (OT)

LITTLE FALLS - Princeton junior forward Brody Kok scored the lone goal of the third period as the Tigers rallied to force an extra period in their 2-2 overtime tie with River Lakes in the third round of the Little Falls Pine Country Bank Holiday Tournament at Exchange Arena.

Lane Olson scored 30 seconds into the first period for Princeton (5-4-1) and added an assist on Kok's tying goal. 

Parker Welz and Blake Schultz scored back-to-back goals in the first period as River Lakes (4-5-2) took a 2-1 lead. Schultz and Welz are River Lakes' top scorers with 19 and 14 points, respectively.

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St. Cloud Cathedral 7, St. Cloud 4

ST. CLOUD - The Battle of St. Cloud was no contest as St. Cloud Cathedral, the No. 4-ranked team in Class 1A, cruised past intracity rival St. Cloud 7-4 at the Municipal Athletic Complex in the third round of the Granite City Showcase.

Joey Gillespie had a hat trick in the first period and finished with four goals to power the Crusaders (9-3-1). Andrew Dwinnell had two short-handed goals for Cathedral.

Nick Bierschbach's goal late in the second period pulled St. Cloud to within 6-3, but the Crush (4-5-1) could get no closer.

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Mahtomedi 5, Orono 2

LONG LAKE - Mahtomedi, the defending state Class 1A champion that has taken its lumps this season while playing a rugged schedule, got a pair of goals from Jimmy Egan as it turned in one of its best performances in a 5-2 triumph over Orono at Orono Ice Arena.

Egan scored the lone goal of the first period and closed out the game with an empty net goal with 55 seconds remaining.

No. 7-1A Orono (7-4-0) got within 4-2 with 1:23 left on a goal by Jackson Knight.

Charlie Brandt was superb in goal for No. 8-1A Mahtomedi (4-7-0), finishing with 46 saves.

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White Bear Lake 7, Mounds View 0

VADNAIS HEIGHTS - In a duel between Mr. Hockey candidates, White Bear Lake's Nolan Roed had a goal and two assists as the Bears shut out Mounds View and star forward Johnny Conlin 7-0 at the TCO Sports Garden.

Roed leads White Bear Lake (7-2-1) in goals with 15 and points with 21. Conlin, the top scorer for Mounds View (3-6-0), has 10 goals among his 16 points.

Tyler Lalonde had two goals and an assist for White Bear Lake, which got a 17-save shutout from Leo Gabriel.

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