Northfield junior goaltender Mallory Tidona knows what it takes to get the Raiders to the state tournament.

Tidona recorded three consecutive shutouts in the Class 1A, Section 1 girls’ hockey tournament, giving the Raiders back-to-back appearances in the state tourney. They are their only two state tournament berths in school history.

She capped off the run with a 27-save performance in a 2-0 victory over Red Wing in the championship

“Mallory was a steadying force through the entire section playoffs, but was the difference in the championship game,” Northfield coach Brent Bielenberg said.

Northfield lost both regular season meetings (3-2 and 4-3) to the Wingers. Red Wing junior forward Taylor Heise, a Gopher recruit, had two goals in both of those games.

“Mallory stopped their leading scoring multiple times, including a number of point blank shots,” Bielenberg said. “Her biggest save of the game came with 40 seconds remaining to seal the game.”

Tidona extended the streak in the quarterfinals Wednesday, making 16 saves in a 2-0 victory over Mound Westonka.

“Mallory put an exclamation point on the fact that she is a big-game goalie and is at her best when the lights are shining the brightest,” Bielenberg said.

Top performances

• Henry Sibley junior guard Rieshaun Satar poured in a career-high 44 points, leading the Warriors past South St. Paul 82-52 in a Metro East Conference boys’ basketball matchup. His previous best was 28 points. It was only the Warriors’ fourth victory of the season.

• New Prague boys’ hockey sophomore goaltender Collin Dorzinski turned in four consecutive outstanding performances, going 2-1-1 in that span. He capped it by making 45 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie with Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in Wright County Conference play. Dorzinski allowed just five goals over that period and made 148 saves.

Ron Haggstrom