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Fast and furious, Class A teams put on show on state's biggest stage

Top seeds score early and often on way to quarterfinal wins and just one step away from a state title berth

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Minneapolis players are introduced before their game against Alexandria Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

ST. PAUL – The top teams from Minnesota's Class A showed their scoring prowess during the opening round of the state tournament Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center and advanced to the semifinals.

After falling behind early, No. 2 Warroad used a quick-strike offense to overcome a challenge from Monticello in the opening game of the Class A side of the Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey Tournament on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. On the way to a 7-1 win and a berth in Friday’s semifinals, they scored goals 26 seconds apart in the first period and 54 seconds apart in the middle period.

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Warroad forward Jack Jones (23) puts the puck over Monticello goaltender Michael Biller (1) to score during the first period Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

No. 3 Mahtomedi 4, Mankato East/Loyola 1

Powered by a trio of second period goals and 21 saves from Ben Dardis, Mahtomedi cruised past Mankato East/Loyola 4-1.

Mahtomedi will face Warroad on Friday morning with a trip to the state title game at stake. The Zephyrs beat Warroad in the 2020 semifinals on the way to winning the school’s first state hockey title.

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Mankato East/Loyola goaltender Caelin Brueske (30) manages to keep the puck out of the goal against Mahtomedi during the first period Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

No. 1 Hermantown 5, New Prague 1

Hermantown’s Wyatt Carlson scored a power play goal 1 minute, 36 seconds into the game and by the 3:01 mark, Zam Plante and Dominic Thomas had both added goals as the top-seeded team rolled to a 5-1 win over New Prague.

Dane Callaway finished with 12 saves for the Hawks, while Carter Puente made 42 saves for New Prague.

Hermantown scores early to advance to Class A semifinal against New Prague at Xcel Energy Center
Hermantown defenseman George Peterson (22) shoots the puck against New Prague on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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No. 5 Alexandria 4, No. 4 Minneapolis 1

The Alexandria Cardinals boys earned a shot at Hermantown in the semifinals with a 4-1 win over Minneapolis.

Senior Brycen Berg came into the state tournament as Alexandria’s top goal scorer with 27 goals, and he added two more in the biggest game of his career .

Minneapolis, a co-op made up of mostly kids from Southwest and Washburn schools, became the first public school program from the city to make the state tournament since 1994 when Edison qualified for its first and only state tournament in that program’s history.

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Alexandria forward Joseph Lamski (6) tries to shoot the puck over the pad of Minneapolis goaltender Alex LaMont (31) during the third period Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

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Friday’s semifinals

Both games will be played at The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

11 a.m.No. 2 Warroad vsNo. 3 Mahtomedi
1 p.m.No. 1 Hermantown vsNo. 5 Alexandria

The semifinal winners will play for the Class A title at noon Saturday. The losers will meet for the third-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Follow the Minnesota boys hockey postseason with state tournament information and brackets from every section.

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