Rochester Lourdes was tested by a section rival on Monday and the Eagles dug deep to pass the test.
Lourdes snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Mankato West 3-1 in a boys hockey game at Graham Arena I.
"It was a rough start but the boys found a way to get back in the win column," Lourdes co-coach Bryan Frischmann said. "We had a to kill a 5-minute major (penalty) in the third, so for the boys to power through and overcome some adversity was good to see."
Luke Alexander was sharp in goal for the Eagles (14-10-0 overall), improving to 7-4-0 as a starter this year by stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced.
"Luke was fantastic again and he continues to play at a high level," Lourdes co-coach Joe Knoepke said. "We will need that rolling into sections."
The Eagles coaches said sophomore forwards Thomas York and Jack Kleinschmidt both brought some life to their teammates with their hustle and effort.
"They both had big moments that helped us keep the momentum and livened up the bench a little," Frischmann said.
The game was scoreless after one, but the Eagles took the lead for good when Dustin Sorensen scored 5:29 into the second period. Jared Anderson scored six minutes later for a 2-0 lead, then Kyle Hickey added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds to play in the game.
The Eagles' final regular-season game was scheduled for today against St. Paul Highland Park, but it is postponed due to the inclement weather and may not be made up.
LOURDES 3, WEST 1
Mankato West: Brody Lucas 1 goal. Goalie: Garret Wenninger 27 saves (30 shots).
Rochester Lourdes: Dustin Sorensen 1 goal, 2 assists; Jared Anderson 1 goal, 2 assists; Seth Karsell 1 assist; Paul Hofbauer 1 assist; Kyle Hickey 1 goal. Goalie: Luke Alexander 23 saves (24 shots).