Lakeville South scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat top-seeded Farmington 6-5 in the girls' hockey Class 2A, Section 1 final at Owatonna Four Seasons Arena.

Emily Fischler completed the comeback with a shorthanded goal with 3:52 left in the game. That goal came just 3:21 after the senior tied the score for the second-seeded Cougars. Liberty Fettig started the rally 1:15 into the third period with a power-play goal.

The defending section champion Tigers had a three-goal spurt of their own. In the second, they scored three times in an 8:21 span to take a 5-3 lead into the final period. Claire Enright capped the scoring with a power-play goal at the 16:26 mark, her second score of the game. Gabriella Hudson and Jenna Gerold scored in the middle period for the Tigers.

Enright started the scoring 33 seconds into the game on an assist from Gerold. The Cougars responded with goals from Taylor Otremba and Josie Saufferer in a 30-second span just before the midway point of the first period. The Tigers tied the score with 2:21 left in the opening period on a power-play goal by Eleanor Moser.

Maria Langer put the Cougars back in front 2:41 into the second period, but the Tigers went on their scoring spree 5:24 later.

Lexi Baker stopped 23 shots for the Cougars, and Emily Auge made 20 saves for the Tigers.

Section 7: Top-seeded Andover knocked off two-time defending section champion Forest Lake 3-0 at Fogerty Arena. Jamie Nelson started the scoring in the first period. The Huskies killed off a 5-on-3 Rangers power play early in the third perod to hold a one-goal lead. Claire Butorac tipped a shot from the point past Rangers goaltender Josie Bothun to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead with 6:49 left in the game. Peyton Hemp capped the scoring for the Huskies.

Class 1A

Section 1: Red Wing defeated Rochester Lourdes 4-1 at Owatonna Four Seasons Arena for its seventh section title in the past 10 seasons. Taylor Heise scored two goals and added an assist for the Wingers. Emily Hart and Solveig Roth also scored for the Wingers. Maggie Hanzel scored for the Eagles with 25 seconds left in the game to spoil Tyler McGrath's shutout bid. McGrath finished with 14 saves for the Wingers, and Clare Brunn stopped 19 shots for the Eagles.

Section 2: New Ulm defeated top-seeded Delano/Rockford 5-2 at Gustavus for its eighth section title in the past 10 years.

Section 6: Alexandria defeated River Lakes 3-0 at Alexandria Runestone Community Center for its sixth straight section title and 13th in the past 15 years.

Section 8: Warroad defeated East Grand Forks 4-1 at Warroad Ice Arena for its third straight section title.


Two Centennial players, Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser, are among the five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award, Let's Play Hockey announced Thursday.

The other finalists are Madison Bizal of Elk River/Zimmerman, Taylor Heise of Red Wing and Emily Oden of Edina.

The winner will be named at a Feb. 25 banquet at the RiverCentre.

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