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Saturday's Boys Hockey: Burmester strikes twice again as Century closes regular season with win

A scoreboard of Saturday's boys hockey games.

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(Editor's note: This article will be updated as Saturday's other games are completed and results are reported.)

WINONA — Rochester Century is heading into the postseason on a roll.

The Panthers have won four of their past six games and closed the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory against Winona at Bud King Ice Arena.

Century (12-10-1) will learn its seeding in the Section One, Class AA playoffs on Sunday.

Saturday, sophomore Jonathon Burmester had his second consecutive big game. After scoring just once in Century’s first 21 games this year, Burmester has scored twice in each of the Panthers’ past two games.

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His first goal Saturday held up as the game winner, coming with 3:33 to play in the first period and gave Century a 3-1 lead.

The Panthers scored three times in the first period — TJ Gibson, Jonah Ottman and Burmester tallying — after Winona’s Teis Larsen opened the scoring 6:02 in.

Jack Ottman scored midway through the second period to extend the Panthers' lead to 4-1.

Century and Winona then traded third-period power-play goals — Burmester scoring for the Panthers and Quinn Larsen for the Winhawks (9-15-1).

Century goalie Cole Rocholl played a huge role in the victory, too, stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced. Justin Brickner made 27 saves for Winona, which will begin Section 1A tournament play this week.

CENTURY 5, WINONA 2

Century 3-1-1 — 5

Winona 1-0-1 — 2

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Century: Jonathon Burmester 2 goals; Justin Sutton 1 assist; Aiden Emerich 1 assist; TJ Gibson 1 goal; Aidan Swee 1 assist; Jack Ottman 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonah Ottman 1 goal, 1 assist; Matt Haun 2 assists. Goalie: Cole Rocholl 36 saves (38 shots).

Winona: Aven Prodzinski 1 assist; Teis Larsen 1 goal; Quinn Larsen 1 goal. Goalie: Justin Brickner 27 saves (32 shots).

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MAYO 4, ALBERT LEA 1

ALBERT LEA — Rochester Mayo peppered Albert Lea’s goalies for three periods, and finally broke through enough to earn a 4-1 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory against the Tigers in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Spartans (16-5-3) will go into the Section 1AA playoffs next week — possibly hosting a quarterfinal game on Thursday — on a high note, having won three consecutive games and five of their past six.

Mayo never trailed in Saturday’s game — the only meeting of the season between the Spartans and the Tigers — which was scoreless after one period. Mayo got on the board 7:17 into the second period when Gavin Black converted a power-play opportunity for his fifth goal of the season.

Albert Lea’s Tim Chalmers tied the score three minutes later, but that was all the Tigers could muster — with only 14 shots on goal in the game — against Mayo’s defense and standout senior goalie Tate Cothern (13 saves).

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The Spartans pulled away in the third, with Sam Jacobson scoring the game winner 2:31 in. Will Sexton made it 3-1 at the 10:18 mark, and Ryan Dripps added an insurance goal 45 seconds later.

Albert Lea finishes the regular season 17-8-0 overall. It will open play in the Section 1A playoffs either Tuesday or Thursday. The seedings and pairings will be announced on Sunday.

MAYO 4, ALBERT LEA 1

Mayo 0-1-3 — 4

A.L. 0-1-0 — 1

Mayo: Jacob Brown 1 assist; Ethan Dennis 1 assist; Gavin Black 1 goal; Ryan Dripps 1 goal; Sam Jacobson 1 goal; Payton Kor 1 assist; Will Sexton 1 goal, 1 assist; Frank Goodman 1 assist. Goalie: Tate Cothern 13 saves (14 shots).

Albert Lea: Tim Chalmers 1 goal. Goalies: Tanner Nelson (39:57) 30 saves (34 shots); Dakota Jahnke (11:03) 14 saves (14 shots).

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RED WING 6, JOHN MARSHALL 2

RED WING — Red Wing got off to a strong start in the regular season finale Saturday at Prairie Island Arena and John Marshall was unable to recover, as the Wingers earned a 6-2 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory.

Red Wing scored twice in the first 2:36 and never gave up the lead.

Wingers’ forward Casey Larson was all but unstoppable; he scored four goals and assisted on another, and ended the regular season with 29 goals and 45 points.

Robbie Tripp added a goal and an assist for the Wingers (10-15-0 overall), and Nick Wooden scored a goal.

Wingers goalie Dixon Ehlers was also outstanding. He finished the regular season in the top 10 in the state in save percentage (.924) and showed why on Saturday, stopping 41 of the 43 shots the Rockets put on him.

Red Wing will begin play in the Section 1A playoffs on Tuesday or Thursday; the seedings and pairings will be announced on Sunday.

Jayden Veney scored both goals for John Marshall, which finished the regular season 8-16-0 overall. Cody Vlasaty was also busy in goal, and played well, making 45 saves in defeat.

The Rockets will learn Sunday when they will open play in the Section 1AA playoffs.

RED WING 6, JOHN MARSHALL 2

John Marshall 1-1-0 — 2

Red Wing 3-1-2 — 6

John Marshall: Jayden Veney 2 goals; Mason Decker 1 assist; Jake Schmidt 1 assist; Aaron Terpstra 1 assist. Goalie: Cody Vlasaty 45 saves (50 shots).

Red Wing: Robbie Tripp 1 goal, 1 assist; Carson Ahern 1 assist; Jorgen Ulvenes 1 assist; Tristen Peterson 2 assists; Cam Schlichting 1 assist; Nick Wooden 1 goal; Logan Bryant 1 assist; Casey Larson 4 goals, 1 assist. Goalie: Dixon Ehlers 41 saves (43 shots).

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IRONDALE 4, LOURDES 1

In a battle of two talented goalies, Irondale’s Alex Sabev received a little more offensive support and backstopped his team to a 4-1 non-conference boys hockey victory against Lourdes on Saturday at Graham Arena I.

Sabev made 28 saves, while Lourdes’ Xander Carter-Kleven made 39 stops.

The score was tied 1-1 midway through the first period, on goals by Parker Henry for Irondale and Peyton Loeslie for Lourdes.

But Sam Diebold scored at the 9:33 mark of the first to put Irondale up for good, and start his natural hat trick. After a scoreless second period, Diebold added two goals in the third period — including an empty-netter with 1 second to play — to cap his hat trick.

Irondale improves to 6-17-2 with the win.

Lourdes drops to 18-7-0, and will open play in the Section 1A playoffs next week, likely on Thursday. The seedings and pairings for the section playoffs will be announced on Sunday.

IRONDALE 4, LOURDES 1

Irondale 2-0-2 — 4

Lourdes 1-0-0 — 1

Irondale: Sam Mancino 2 assists; Sam Diebold 3 goals, 1 assist; Connor Kvaal 3 assists; Parker Henry 1 goal, 1 assist. Goalie: Alex Sabev 28 saves (29 shots).

Lourdes: Peyton Loeslie 1 goal; Colton Rich 1 assist. Goalie: Xander Carter-Kleven 39 saves (42 shots).

Area Games

HASTINGS 9, DODGE COUNTY 0

KASSON — Dodge County closed its regular season on Saturday with a 9-0 loss to Section 1AA foe Hastings at the Dodge County Ice Arena.

No statistics were reported from the game.

The Wildcats (15-10-0) open play in the Section 1AA playoffs this week, on either Tuesday or Thursday.

Hastings (20-4-1) is expected to be a top-three seed in the section tournament and host a quarterfinal game on Thursday.

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