The top four seeds survived the quarterfinal round Feb. 23.
The game of the day came at Coon Rapids Ice Arena when No. 4 Champlin Park needed two overtimes to dispatch No. 5 Anoka 2-1.
Seven days earlier the same teams had skated to a 4-3 overtime result which the Rebels also won.
Anoka coach Todd Manthey said he glad to be a part of a great game, but felt bad for the seniors “to have to end on a double overtime [loss].”
Anoka held leads going into the third period in each meeting against the Rebels this season.
Champlin Park’s Luke Dalman scored both goals, including the game-tying score with 15 seconds left in the third period in the Feb. 23 game.
Champlin Park pulled its goalie for the six-on-five advantage and made the extra skater pay off. Dalman poked in a loose puck in front of the Tornadoes goal to force overtime.
The Tornadoes (5-20-1) scored first when Drew McLaughlin scored his third goal of the season, 11:58 into the second period to break the tension. He won a battle for a puck along the backwall and stepped out in front of the Rebels goal with the puck before snapping a shot into the twine.
McLaughlin had two assists in the previous overtime loss, 4-3, on Feb. 16.
That would be all Rebels goalie Tyler Nelson would allow as he posted 33 saves in 74 minutes of work.
Dalman ended the contest at the 14:40 mark of the second overtime period to send the Rebels bench and fans into a frenzy.
“Champlin’s first line gave us trouble in all three games,” Manthey said. “We had to be aware of them every time they hit the ice.”
The two sides traded 76 shots and each side put nine shots on net in the overtime. Champlin Park outshot Anoka 4-2 in the first overtime before Anoka stormed back in the second session to a 7-5 shots edge.
• Top-seed Blaine (20-5-1) posted its fourth shutout of the season when it opened section play with a 4-0 win against No. 8 seed Osseo.
The Bengals outshot Osseo 33-13 in the game played at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. Blaine junior forward Brandon Notermann scored twice (goals 18 and 19 on the season), Tyler Frischmon had a third-period goal and assist and Tyler Cline added two assists to give him 48 points on the season.
It took the Bengals 68 seconds to score first when Nortermann lit the lamp. Teammate Joey Lau made it 2-0 just 22 seconds into the second period as Blaine once again pounced on the Orioles early in a period.
The win set up a meeting against Champlin Park at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum Feb. 27.
• Coon Rapids’ junior Seth Johnson scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Centennial in the quarterfinal game played at Champlin Park Feb. 23. Johnson, the Cardinals’ leading scorer, added his 27th point of the season when he scored 4:27 into the contest.
Coon Rapids (4-18-4) was outshot 49-11 in the game. Goalie Zachary St. John posted 45 saves in a busy evening between the pipes as Coon Rapids collected 37 penalty minutes.
• Third-seed Elk River ended No. 6 Andover’s season in the quarterfinals with a 4-1 loss Feb. 19. The Huskies held a 1-0 lead until the Elks rallied to score four straight goals in the third period for the final result.
• No. 7 St. Francis traveled to the Iron Range to face No. 2 Grand Rapids in a quarterfinal round game Feb. 19. The Thunderhawks skated to a 6-2 win and followed that with a 2-1 win over Elk River in double overtime to set up a meeting with top-seeded Duluth East in the section final at Amsoil Arena in Duluth Feb. 28.
Sixth-seed Spring Lake Park doubled-up No. 11 Achiever NE Academy in the Section 4A opener Feb. 20 before falling to North Suburban Conference rival and third-seed Totino-Grace 4-2 two nights later, also at Aldrich Arena.
Totino-Grace topped the Panthers for the third time this season after posting 4-0 wins in the previous two meetings.
Spring Lake Park started sections very strong as Pete Sienko had four assists and Brandon Richards and Nick Heid each had two goals. Freshman winger Austen Long continued to impress in his first varsity season with one goal and one assist.
Deven Sunell and David Taylor each had two assists and goalie JT Hirschi posted 17 saves.
Against Totino-Grace, the Roos, TJ and Carter, really troubled the Panthers, accounting for five assists, while Derek Lodermeier had a hat trick.
Richards and Long scored for Spring Lake Park in the second and third periods, respectively. The Panthers tabbed goalie Aaron Furlano in net and he posted 30 saves.
Long was the top scorer for the Panthers with 25 goals and 45 points. Sienko, a junior, was an assist machine this season tallying 35 helpers and had 44 points in 27 games.
Totino-Grace faced No. 2 seed Mahtomedi and top-seed St. Thomas faced No. 5 Chisago Lakes Area in the Feb. 26 semifinals. The section final was March 1 at Aldrich Arena.
Legacy Christian Academy has a lot to be proud of, despite losing to Rogers 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Section 5A tournament Feb. 21.
For the first time in six years of being a varsity program, the Lions received a first-round bye in sections and finished the season with a 19-6-2 record and a program-best third place in the Two Rivers Conference (6-3-0).
Senior Brandon Leier scored 14:26 into the first period to give Legacy a 1-0 lead against Rogers going into the first intermission, despite being outshot 13-3 in the period. Rogers went on to outshoot Legacy 35-12 in the game as Lions goalie Tanner Balk posted 32 saves. Rogers scored three times in the second period.
Leier finished with 26 points this season, fifth most on the squad. Junior winger Brock Thompson led the team with 48 points and assisted on Leier’s goal with Gordy Vitek who contributed 18 points. Ike Larson had 41 points and Tyler Arenz had 35 points to round out the top three scorers.
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