After a tight back-and-forth contest for two periods, Breck prevailed when the scoring picked up to defeat Delano 5-3 and win the Class 1A, Section 2 championship Thursday.
Top-seeded Breck, leading 2-1 after two periods at Parade Ice Garden, and second-seeded Delano combined for five goals in a five-minute stretch in the third period, with both teams responding to each score by its opponent. The Mustangs scored the first and last goals to clinch their sixth trip to the state tournament in seven years.
The Mustangs ended the Tigers' season in the section playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
"I didn't want to end that streak my senior year," Mustangs forward Chase Ellingson said. "I think our seniors especially were working our hardest out there."
Ellingson scored 35 seconds into the second period to put Breck up 2-1. The team survived a 5-on-3 Delano power play for 1 minute, 41 seconds in that period.
"That was big," Mustangs coach Les Larson said. "If they score, they get the momentum. We stopped them and I think we gained momentum there."
Senior Williams Blake scored five minutes into the third period to give Breck a two-goal lead, but the Tigers twice cut it back to one before the Mustangs' final goal.
Delano junior Brian Halonen scored two goals.
Princeton 3, Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 1: Tyler McAlpine broke a tie with 1:27 to play as the Tigers beat the Moose in the Section 5 title game. The senior added an empty-netter 46 seconds later. Hunter Orrock scored the game's first goal 21 seconds into the second period for Princeton, but Nick Johnson tied it later in the second. Gabe Pangerl stopped 24 shots for the Tigers, including 11 in the third period.
Thief River Falls 3, East Grand Forks 1: Kade Nelson stopped 34 shots as the Prowlers beat the defending state champion Green Wave in the Section 8 title game. Ethan Johnson scored two goals in the third, including the game-winner. Blair Lindholm also scored for the Prowlers. Tanner Tweten scored at the 5:46 mark of the third period to get the Green Wave within a goal.
St. Cloud Cathedral 10, Little Falls 2: Jack Petroske and Michael Spethmann each had three goals and an assist each to lead the Crusaders cruise past the Flyers in the Section 6 title game. Sam Medvec had two goals and two assists as the Crusaders reached state for the fourth time since 2008.