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LPH Cup gets underway in Proctor

12/02/2022, 10:45pm CST
By Bryan Zollman

15UA tourney includes six teams in pool play

Harlow Griswold scores the eventual game-winning goal in the third period of Proctor/Hermantown's 3-2 win over Forest Lake.

Proctor/Hermantown’s Harlow Griswold’s goal with 4:22 left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie with Forest Lake in the opening game of pool play at the Let’s Play Hockey Cup 15UA Tournament in Proctor Friday.

Harlow broke down the left side, utilizing speed and puck protection to cut in below the dot and beat the Forest Lake goaltender on the short side.

The game was back and forth throughout with Forest Lake controlling the shots on goal for the first two periods.

The Mirage scored first at the 8:22 mark of the first period when Avery Milbridge scored an unassisted goal. But Forest Lake answered with back-to-back tallies. Hope Tuma tied the game with 4:52 left with an assist from Jada Grant. Then just 30 seconds later Annamareis Studier scoring with the assist going to Hailey Kensy for a 2-1 Rangers lead heading into the second.

But the Mirage tied the score when Lillian Johnson lit the lamp with an assist going to Emma Boren.

That the stage for Barlow’s game-winner. Forest Lake added some pressure late, but played short-handed in two of the last 2:32 minutes. They pulled the goalie, but to no avail as the Mirage hung on for the win. Avery Kuras was outstanding in goal for the Mirage, making several key saves throughout the keep the Mirage in the game and give them a chance to win.

The win gives the Mirage a 1-0 record in Pool A. Forest Lake is 0-1 in Pool B. 

Let’s Play Hockey’s 3 Stars of the Game:

• Keira Peek, Goalie, Forest Lake

• Harlow Griswold, F, Proctor/Hermantown

• Avery Kuras, Goalie, Proctor/Hermantown

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Avery Kuras comes up big with a kick save in Friday's win over Forest Lake.

Soutshide Valkyries 11, Mounds View/Irondale/St. Paul 1

Players battle for a puck along the wall in Southside's win over MVI/SP.

In the middle game Southside took on Moundsview/Irondale/St. Paul in what turned out to be all Southside.

The Valkyries got on board early and often, building a 4-0 lead early in the second period.

Mia Simones finally got MVI/SP on board in the second period with a nice wrist shot from the left circle, but Southside scored three unanswered goals and had several other chances with MVI/SP’s Kayla Kearin stood tall in net.

Southside’s Allie Defauw and Leila Korkowski each finished with hat tricks to help lead the Valkyries to an 11-1 win. 

LPH 3 Stars:

• Kayla Kearin, MVI/SSP

• Leila Korkowski, Southside

• Allie Defauw, Southside

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Duluth Icebreakers 6, Rochester Mustangs 3

Duluth and Rochester faced off in a tough battle in Friday's nightcap.

The first day ended with a barnburner between the Duluth Icebreakers and Rochester Mustangs. Both teams played end-to-end in what turned out to be a scrappy game with several penalties that led to power plays for both sides.

The Mustangs got off to an early 2-0 lead on two rebound goals. First, it was Cora Wadewitz, who buried a rebound early for a 1-0 lead. About seven minutes later Taylor Kurtz also scored on a rebound for a 2-0 lead with assists going to Marley Smith and Madrid Satterstrom.

But the Icebreakers battled back. They scored a rebound goal of their own by Haili Truitt got them on board to pull within one at 2-1 with 4:50 remaining in the first period. Then Lucy Bell buried a wrister from just inside the blueline through a screen on a one-on-three rush to make it 2-2.

But the Mustangs pulled back ahead just a couple minutes into the second when  Satterstrom scored on a great feed from Marley Smith on a 2-on-1 to make it a 3-2 game.

After teams traded penalties the Icebreakers scored a short-handed goal when Sasha Cole broke down the right side and roofed a wrister to tie the game.

With the game tied, Rochester goalie Amelia Ranfranz made a huge save on a breakaway by Bailey Thies to keep the score deadlocked. The Mustangs then were able to kill off a penalty in the final two minutes of the period.

Early in the third Rochester’s Marley Smith hit a post. The Mustangs controlled the play early and kept the Icebreakers bottled up for the first eight minutes. But Cole picked up a loose puck at the Mustangs blue line, cut across the high slot and fired off a laser for her second of the game and a 4-3 lead.

Just over a minute later and short-handed, Thies picked up a puck in the neutral zone and sped past a Mustangs defender and at a tough angle banged one in off the far post for a 5-3 lead.

The Icebreakers limited the Mustangs chances late, and Cole made another great play with a pass to the slot where Jessie Paulson’s shot was tipped home by Thies for her second of the game to secure a 6-3 win.

LPH 3 Stars:

• Madrid Satterstrom, Rochester

• Bailey Thies, Duluth 

• Sasha Cole, Duluth

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Sasha Cole had two goals and an assist to help lead the icebreakers to a 6-3 win.

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