The Rosemount boys’ hockey team upset Class 1A, No. 2 Hermantown 3-2 in the championship game of the Hilltopper Holiday tournament at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth on Saturday. The Hawks had won the tournament the past four years.
Connor Kenefick scored a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds left in the second period for the eventual game-winning goal. Kenefick picked up puck on a turnover by the Hawks and went in on a breakaway for the second goal of the period for the Irish.
The Hawks dominated the second period with a 14-4 edge in shots on goal and spent almost the entire period in the offensive zone, but got just one shot past Irish goaltender William Tollefson, who finished with 26 saves.
Luke Levandowski got the scoring started for the Irish 6:51 into the game. He tallied his second goal of the game with 4:24 left in the second period.
Ethan Lund tied the game at 1-1 51 seconds into the second period for the Hawks. Brady Baker got the Hawks to within a goal with 9:51 left in the game.
In the third-place game, Brainerd scored four goals in the second period to defeat Buffalo 4-2. Mason Kruse scored two goals and Jaron Smith and Brady Anderson one each for the Warriors. Joe McNamara scored two goals and Nathan Mueller had 30 saves for the Bison.
Schwan’s Cup Silver Division: Jack Wandmacher scored three goals to lead St. Louis Park to a 3-0 victory over Minneapolis in the quarterfinals at the Schwan Super Rink. Avery Pittman had two assists and William Pinney had 22 saves for the Orioles. Tommy Walsh made 20 saves for Minneapolis. … St. Michael-Albertville scored two goals in the final six minutes to defeat Park of Cottage Grove 4-2. Blake Esterberg broke the 2-2 tie with 5:20 left and then Adam Flammang scored an empty-net goal with four seconds left. Riley Ohlhoff and Zach Miller also scored for the Knights. Samuel Janski scored with 17 seconds left in the second period and 3:34 into the third to tie the score for the Wolfpack. Michael Gille made 36 saves for the Wolfpack and Blake Marhula had 21 for the Knights. … Cole Danielson scored three unanswered goals to give Hudson a 3-1 victory over Breck. John Blake got the Mustangs on the board first 11:59 into the game. Danielson notched his first goal 1:50 later. Danielson completed his hat trick with two goals in the third period. … St. Cloud scored three goals in the second period to pull away from Tartan for a 5-1 victory. Christian Engel, Blake Keller, Luke Johnson, Sean Davidson and Eli Unze scored a goal each for St. Cloud. Jacob Betz scored a goal and RJ Schwanki made 23 saves for the Titans.
Schwan’s Cup Bronze Division: Adam Zukowski scored 2:15 into overtime to give St. Paul Academy a 5-4 victory over Spring Lake Park in the quarterfinals. Duncan Fleming, Quinn Walsh, Quinn Appert and Jake Hosszu also scored for the Spartans. Niko Reimann, Ty Chapman, Zach Zemlicka and Sam Fritz scored goals and Steven Lastovich made 30 saves for the Panthers. … Owen Newharth had two goals and two assists to lead Holy Angels past Mounds View 4-1. Caeden Phelps and Noah Griswold had one goal and three assists each for the Stars. Cale Goehner scored a goal and Luke Ortloff made 31 saves for the Mustangs. … Totino-Grace scored four goals in the second period in a 7-0 win over Minnehaha Academy. Ben Palmer and Kyle Heffron had two goals and an assist each for the Eagles. Brandon Lucas made 29 saves for the Redhawks.
Schwan’s Cup Open Division: Owen Sommerness scored 4:02 into overtime to give Southwest Christian/Richfield a 4-3 victory over Pine City in the quarterfinals. Nic Gustafson scored two goals and Jeremiah Konkel scored one in the second period to give the Stars a 3-2 lead after two periods. The Dragons got goals from George Miller in the first period, Luke Fabini in the second and Joey Mikyska in the third. Lukas Haugen made 29 saves for the Stars and Alex Laven had 28 for the Dragons. … Simley scored two goals in the first period to defeat Henry Sibley 2-1. Shane Prifrel and Cooper Bollmann scored for the Spartans. Johnny McGuire scored a goal and Tommy Buell made 25 saves for the Warriors. … Mason Plante recorded six points (one goal and five assists) to lead Marshall past Princeton 6-1. Dominik Caspers stopped 34 shots, Landon Frost had one goal and three assists and Joe Archbold had two goals and an assist for Marshall. Matthew Swanson scored for Princeton.
White Bear Lake 4, Grand Rapids 2: Grant Hofeld’s hat trick led the Class 1A, No. 7 Bears over the Thunderhawks. Sam Verkerke scored the other goal and had an assist. Pack Peart and Grant Wilson scored for the Thunderhawks. Tyler Steffens made 30 saves for the Bears.
Midwinter Boarder Battle: Class 2A, No. 4 Forest Lake successfully killed off eight penalties, including three separate two-man disadvantages in the third period, to defeat Fergus Falls 3-0 in the championship game at Fogerty Arena in Blaine. The Rangers got goals from Rachel Golnitz and Sydney Schmidt 4:09 apart in the second period. Brooke Remington capped the scoring for the Rangers 4:20 into the third period. Jadyn McKeever stopped 43 shots for the Otters. … In the third-place game, Brityn Fussy and Ramsey Parent had two goals and an assist each to lead Blaine past Central Wisconsin 6-1. Dani Brunette had a goal and an assist, Maddie Andrle had two assists and Kayla Blesi had a goal for the Bengals. Audrey Ladewig scored a goal and Sydney Weiland had 22 saves for the Storm.
TCO Holiday Classic: Class 4A, No. 3 Hopkins overcame a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Class 2A, No. 1 Minnehaha Academy 97-85 at Augsburg University. Zeke Nnaji scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Royals comeback. He also had 11 rebounds. Kerwin Walton had 25 points, Jalen Dearring had 17 and Rayquan Valentin had 16 for the Royals. Jalen Suggs had 39 points for the Redhawks and Chet Holmgren 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks.. … Minneapolis Southwest pulled away from Burnsville in the second half for 64-52 victory. Owen Dean led the Lakers with 13 points and Casey Peterson and Christo Polydorou had 12 each. Daniel Rosenber led the Blaze with 18 points … Jordan Mobley scored 21 points to lead St. Paul Johnson past St. Paul Como Park 79-59. DeWayne Givens had 18 points and Kobe Anderson 15. Josh Ward led the Cougars with 23 points and Donzello Barros and Mohamed Ahmed had 13 each.
Granite City Classic: Cameron Stelle had a double-double to lead Minnetonka past Minneapolis Roosevelt 66-59 at St. Cloud Apollo High School. The junior had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Jackson Owens had his own double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Abdikani Abdi scored a game high 25 for the Teddies. … Jacob Johnson scored a game-high 20 points to lead Champlin Park to a 70-53 win over St. Louis Park at Hallenback Hall on the St. Cloud State campus. Francis Nwaokorie added 17 for the Rebels. Jacob Houts had 15 for the Orioles.
Roseville tournament: Solape Amusan and Carley West both scored 20 points as Woodbury beat St. Francis 84-57. Lizzy Dodge added 16 points for the Royals. Danah Oscan had 14 points for the Saints.
Holiday Hoops: McKenna Hofschild scored 25 in Prior Lake’s 76-54 win over Grand Rapids at St. Olaf College. She also had six steals and five assists. Haidyn Pitsch added 17 for the Lakers.