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Article: 2016 Boys HS Hockey Tournament Day 1: Class A Quarterfinals

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#1 Giles Ferrell

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Posted 02 March 2016 - 11:15 PM

It was day one of the 2016 Boys State Hockey Tournament, with the small schools of Class A getting the tourney underway. It was not a friendly day one for hats, as there were a few hat tricks throughout the four games. Here are the results.#2 Breck 8, Mankato West 0

The Mustangs had a pair of power play goals in the first period, and after that they heavily dominated throughout the game. Breck doubled up the Scarlets in the shot department (35-17), while they also went three for three on their power plays. Mankato West had some great chances to get back into the game, as they were on the receiving end of two five minute major power plays in the second period, but they could not score on either of them. Breck scored quickly in the third period to make it a running time period, and then added two more for good measure.

Players of the game: William Blake (Breck) had a hat trick in the second period, and added one assist to give him four points for the game. Chase Ellingson (Breck) also netted a hat trick along with an assist to push the Mustangs into the semifinals.

#3 Thief River Falls 6, Princeton 1

Ethan Johnson scored a pair of goals (nearly had two more) in the first period, to give the Prowlers the 2-0 lead at intermission. They added two more goals in the second, before the Tigers got on the board as Jake Oates put home a rebound. However, the Tigers were unable to get any real sustained pressure after that goal, and Thief River Falls added two more goals in the third to secure the win, sending them to the semifinals on Friday against Breck.

Players of the game: Ethan Johnson (Thief River Falls) became the third player of the day to get a hat trick, while adding an assist to his point total. Kade Nelson (Thief River Falls) did not face a whole lot of sustained pressure in this game, but he made some key saves to keep Princeton out of this one.

#1 Hermantown 11, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3

After a slow start from the top overall seed, the Hawks netted a combined eight goals in the second and third period to put the game well in-hand. The Dragons were able to cut the score to 3-2 early in the second period thanks to David Raisanen's second of the night on a deflection, but after that it was all Hermantown as the Hawks outscored LDC 8-1 to end the game. This was the third time this season Hermantown tallied double digit goals, as the both previous instances came against Eveleth-Gilbert.

Players of the game: Cole Koepke (Hermantown) registered four goals and two assists, while Ryan Sandelin (Hermantown) added a goal and four assists.

#4 St. Paul Academy and Summit School 4, #5 St. Cloud Cathedral 2

The Spartans fell behind late in the first, as the Crusaders ended up getting on the board with 3:39 remaining in the period. However with just 1:24 left to play, Devlin McCabe knotted the score to send both teams to the dressing rooms. The Spartans dominated the shot total over the remaining two periods, but the game never felt like it was that kind of domination. Both teams exchanged goals in the second period, and the game went late into the third period still tied at two a piece. But it was McCabe who picked up a turnover at the blue line for SPA and took it into the slot and buried it to give the Spartans the lead with 5:05 remaining. SCC had some chances to even the score, but they could not, and the Spartans added an empty netter to seal the victory.

Players of the game: Devlin McCabe (SPA) had two goals, including the game winner for the Spartans. Logan Neu (SCC) was a force all night for the Crusaders, as he tallied both goals, and had a few golden chances to net a third.

Attendance

Announced attendance for the both sessions was a combined 9463 (afternoon session-4950, evening session-4513)

Random Tidbits

-There was no record of this, but the four hat tricks in one day has to be up there for most in one day in tournament history.
-Hermantown head coach Bruce Plante is NOT happy about playing another private school team on Friday.
-The featured Terance Fogarty print this year is of the old St. Paul Civic Center, and it is fantastic.
-There were plenty of great nominations for the all-hockey hair team today, but why was there a large number of kids with horrible mustaches?


Check back tomorrow for updates from the Class AA quarterfinals!


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