Boys hockey: Rochester teams struggle on opening day
Brady Dahl was at his best on a day when Rochester John Marshall wasn't as sharp as it has been at times this season. Dahl powered the Rockets to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against a tough New Richmond (Wis.) team in the quarterfinals of the Gold...
Brady Dahl was at his best on a day when Rochester John Marshall wasn't as sharp as it has been at times this season.
Dahl powered the Rockets to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against a tough New Richmond (Wis.) team in the quarterfinals of the Gold Division of the Kiwanis/Cambria boys hockey Festival on Monday.
Dahl scored two goals and set up two others as the Rockets (8-3-0) were the only Rochester team to win on an opening day that saw a handful of games shifted to different arenas or different start times due to the snowstorm that hit southeastern Minnesota.
New Richmond, which lost to Rochester Mayo in the Festival championship last season, held the lead three times — at 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 — but JM responded each time. The Rockets showed off their depth, rolling four lines throughout the game, and getting the game-winning goal from senior forward Jonathan Terpstra, his third of the season.
John Marshall will face Northland Pines (Eagle River, Wis.) at 7:15 p.m. today for a spot in Wednesday's Festival championship game.
Chanhassen and Park-Cottage Grove will meet in today's first Gold Division semifinal, at 5 p.m. Chanhassen rolled to a 12-1 victory against Dodge County and Park defeated defending festival champion Rochester Mayo 6-2.
Northland Pines, which won the Festival championship two years ago, defeated Rochester Century 5-2 in a quarterfinal game that was moved up by two and a half hours and played at Graham Arena 3. The game was moved at the request of Rochester Public Schools, which didn't want its students driving on the snow-covered roads any later than necessary.
Rochester Lourdes also had its Blue Division game against Fargo (N.D.) South/Shanley pushed up by two hours. The Eagles were tied with the Bruins 4-4 after two periods, but South scored three third-period goals to win 7-4.
Appleton United, the No. 1-ranked team in Wisconsin, showed off its arsenal of weapons in the first Blue Division game of the day, defeating Verona (Wis.) 8-0.