Lourdes' offense breaks out against Albert Lea
Rochester Lourdes had six players score at least one goal and it snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 boys hockey victory against Albert Lea at Graham Arena I on Tuesday.
The Eagles (6-17-0 overall) improved to 2-1-0 against Section 1A opponents with one regular-season game remaining, Thursday at Red Wing.
Lourdes senior forward Mason Carstens scored a pair of power-play goals in the first period to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead after one.
Albert Lea's Bergan Lundak tied the score 2-2 just 2:27 into the second period with a power-play goal, but the Eagles scored the next four goals to pull away. Three of those goals came in the second period, with Jared Anderson, Tucker Chapman and Jake Olney scoring in a span of 7 minutes, 52 seconds.
Paul Hofbauer's unassisted goal 1:59 into the third period gave Lourdes a four-goal lead. Montana Streit — who also had two assists in the game — added an insurance goal with 4:51 to go.
Lourdes' Olney also had two assists, for a three-point game.
Adam Renn made 18 saves for the Eagles, who outshot the Tigers 49-21.
Lourdes 7, Albert Lea 3
Albert Lea: Foster Otten 1 goal; Bergan Lundak 1 goal; Austin Dulitz 1 goal; Jack Pulley 1 assist; Sam Chalmers 1 assist; Lucas Hacker 1 assist; Ben Witham 42 saves (49 shots).
Rochester Lourdes: Mason Carstens 2 goals; Jared Anderson 1 goal, 1 assist; Tucker Chapman 1 goal; Jake Olney 1 goal, 2 assists; Paul Hofbauer 1 goal, 1 assist; Montana Streit 1 goal, 2 assists; Logan Olson 1 assist; Seth Karsell 1 assist; Adam Renn 18 saves (21 shots).
JM tops Northfield in Big 9 showdown
NORTHFIELD — Rochester John Marshall's power play heated up the ice at the Northfield Ice Arena on Tuesday and put the Rockets in the driver's seat to win the Big Nine Conference championship.
JM scored three times on a five-minute power play in the second period and defeated Northfield 5-1.
The Rockets (14-0-0 Big Nine, 18-5-0 overall) can win the conference championship with a victory in one of their final two games.
"The power play was the game, really," JM coach Jay Ness said. "It's really nice to see the power play connect in such a clutch situation. We have worked a lot on it, but haven't had a lot of opportunities."
The score was tied 1-1 when JM went on a five-minute power play early in the second period. It was 4-1 by the time the power play expired.
Conner Lee scored twice for the Rockets with the man-advantage, with Alex Paulson's first varsity goal sandwiched in between. Lee also assisted on two of JM's first four goals, giving him a four-point game.
Xander Lamppa added a highlight-reel goal in the third period to cap the scoring. Defenseman Josh Frerks also had a big game, with three assists.
Ryan Torbenson scored early in the second period for Northfield (16-2-0, 16-6-0), but Luke Ranfranz answered shortly thereafter to tie it 1-1.
Brady Meyers also had a strong game in goal for the Rockets, stopping 26 shots. JM outshot the Raiders 35-27.
JM has now won eight consecutive games. It closes its regular season with games at Mankato West on Thursday and at home against Red Wing on Saturday.
JM 5, Northfield 1
Rochester John Marshall: Conner Lee 2 goals, 2 assists; Josh Frerks 3 assists; Xander Lamppa 1 goal; 1 assists; Luke Ranfranz 1 goal; Alex Paulson 1 goal; Brady Dahl 1 assist; Luke Johnson 1 assist; Brady Meyers 26 saves (27 shots).
Northfield: Ryan Torbenson 1 goal; Ryan Bielenberg 30 saves (35 shots).
Owatonna 5, Dodge County 0
KASSON — Dodge County stayed close to Owatonna for two periods, but the Huskies broke it open in the third and beat the Wildcats 5-0 in a non-conference boys hockey game at the Dodge County Ice Arena on Tuesday.
Cole Kundert made 31 saves for Dodge County (4-19-0 overall).
Noah Scheid led Owatonna with two goals, and Ryan Johnson had a 14-save shutout.
Dodge County plays host to La Crescent on Thursday.
Owatonna 5, Dodge County 0
Owatonna: Noah Scheid 2 goals; Sam Hylle 1 goal; Alec Holcomb 1 goal; Austin Medvec 1 goal; Nate Smith 1 assist; Carter Broton 1 assist; Mitchell Mayer 1 assist; Ryan Johnson 14 saves (14 shots).
Dodge County: Cole Kundert 31 saves (36 shots).
Mankato East 4, Austin 2
AUSTIN — Mankato East scored three times in the second period en route to a hard-fought 4-2 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory against Austin at Riverside Arena on Tuesday.
Judd Schulz scored twice to lead East (9-5-1 Big Nine, 14-9-1 overall), while Kory Potach and Dan Bollingberg scored once each for the Packers (3-12-0, 6-13-1) and Noah Bawek made 31 saves.
Austin plays at Albert Lea on Thursday.
East 4, Austin 2
Mankato East: Judd Schulz 2 goals; Garret Rabenhorst 1 goal, 1 assist; Hunter Johnson 1 goal; Nick Salzle 1 assist; Chase Kunst 1 assist; Bailey Marshall 1 assist; Jack Cusey 17 saves (19 shots).
Austin: Dan Bollingberg 1 goal; Kory Potach 1 goal; Isaac Arnold 1 assist; Jace Greenman 1 assist; Tanner Hoban 1 assist; Noah Bawek 31 saves (35 shots).