HERMANTOWN - In what has become less than a game but moreso an annual event showcasing the best of Minnesota small-school hockey, Warroad upended Hermantown 4-1 on Saturday at packed Hermantown Ice Arena.
No. 2-1A Warroad (14-3-0) led from start to finish, surging to a 2-0 lead midway through the first on goals from Kyler Lien and Ryan Shaugabay.
No. 1-1A Hermantown (10-3-2) closed to within 2-1 on a Henry Peterson goal with 2:31 left in the opening period, but Warroad extended its lead in the second with goals from Murray Marvin-Crodes and Broden Hontvet.
The teams have played regular season games in front of huge crowds each of the past three seasons, with Warroad winning each of the last two meetings.
ELK RIVER - Preston Holmes and Kole Mears each scored twice and Gavin Greniuk made 30 saves as Elk River/Zimmerman cruised to a 7-2 upset victory over Champlin Park at Furniture and Things Community Event Center.
Trevor Aberwald and Will Burnevik scored in the first period as No. 20-2A Champlin Park (8-7-1) grabbed an early 2-0 lead.
Elk River/Zimmerman (8-6-1) took over from there, scoring the final six goals - three each in the second and third periods.
The Elks are unbeaten in their last four games and have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven. The loss was the second straight for Champlin Park, which has allowed a combined 13 goals in its last two outings.
Mears, a senior forward, leads Elk River with 10 goals and 17 points.
ALEXANDRIA - It took less than 8 minutes for Alexandria to engineer one of the great comebacks of the season, as the Cardinals scored four goals in the final 7:58 to rally past Holy Angels 4-3 at Runestone Community Center.
Cole Cheeseman scored in the first period, Gabe Perron in the second and Lincoln Ayers-Assad in the third as Holy Angels (8-5-1) built a 3-0 led.
Kasen Muscha, Jack Lamski, Evan Anderson and Gavin Olson all scored in the third for No. 14-1A Alexandria (6-7-1). Olson's goal with 1:04 left capped the incredible rally.
GRAND RAPIDS - Freshman Zac Zimmerman scored twice in the third period, once shorthanded and once on a power play, to lead Moorhead past Grand Rapids 4-2 in a matchup of longtime northern powerhouses.
The teams traded goals through the first two periods, as Gus Drennen and Gavin Forrest scored for Grand Rapids (8-7-0) and Tyden Bergeson scored twice for Moorhead (5-9-1).
Bergeson, a sophomore, leads the Spuds with 10 goals. Zimmerman is the team's points leader with with 17.
PROCTOR - AJ Reyelts improved to 7-2-0 as he stopped 28 shots to lead Proctor to the 4-1 win over Little Falls at the St. Luke's Sports and Event Center. Reyelts, a senior goaltender, has allowed one goal in each of his last three wins. He missed several games at the start of the season due to injury.
Proctor (12-5-0) took a 2-0 lead in the second after goals by Dylan Davidson and Blaine Boysen. The Flyers cut the lead to 2-1 when Luke Avery scored with 10:58 left in the second.
The Rails extended their lead on goals by Austin Bryant and Wyatt Mineheine.
Izaak Kalis made 25 saves for Little Falls (10-5-0).
BUFFALO - Barrett Dexheimer's goal with 3:13 remaining completed Edina's comeback as the Hornets recorded a 3-2 win over Buffalo at the Buffalo Civic Center.
No. 7/2A Edina (13-2-0) trailed 2-0 after the first period as Buffalo (4-8-1) scored twice in 62 seconds for the lead. Coy Meyer scored with 4:28 remaining for the Bison and Brandon Rodenwald's goal at 3:26 made it 2-0.
The Hornets' comeback started with Bobby Cowan's power-play goal midway in the second. Mason West scored with 1:15 left in the second to tie the contest.
DULUTH - Jonas Martinelli's goal midway in the second period stood up as the winner as Duluth Marshall recorded a 2-1 upset win over No. 10/1A Northern Lakes at the Mars Lakeview Arena.
Duluth Marshall (9-5-1) took the lead on Pacey Adduono's goal nearly six minutes into the contest. The Lightning (10-4-0) then tied it when Jerome Martin scored with 4:23 remaining in the period.
The Hilltoppers and Northern Lakes traded penalties early in the second before Martinelli's game-winner.
NORTHFIELD - Andrew Winter scored with 2:02 left in regulation to give Northfield a 4-3 win over Owatonna in Big 9 Conference action at the Northfield Ice Arena.
No. 8/1A Northfield (10-1-2) led 2-1 after the first period after goals by Barret Bradley and Griffin Kennelly. The Raiders pushed the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal by Jake Geiger.
Owatonna (11-3-1) started its comeback with a goal by Owen Beyer with 10:21 to play in the third. The Huskies tied it on Joseph Webster's power-play goal with 4:55 remaining.
Trey Shimota made 26 saves for Northfield.