EAST BETHEL — Rochester Lourdes was within a goal five minutes into the third period, but St. Francis pulled away with three goals in less than three minutes for a 7-3 victory over the Eagles.
Charlie Kielty and Matt Mahoney had a goal and an assist each for Lourdes, and Jackson Heim scored once.
"We had our best offensive performance so far this year, with tons of positives to take away," Lourdes coach Bryan Frischmann said. "We had great pressure and our (defensemen) jumped up in the play to help spark some offense."
Mahoney's goal — the first of his high school career — 37 seconds into the third pulled the Eagles within a goal, but Dylan Strate capped his hat trick 5:08 into the period to help St. Francis regain momentum. Ethan Smith and Austin Smith then scored 16 seconds apart midway through the period.
Sam Decker made 43 saves for Lourdes, which plays at Bloomington Kennedy on Tuesday.
"Sam played fantastic in net, making some huge saves to keep it close," Frischmann said.
St. Francis 7, Lourdes 3
Lourdes 1 1 1 — 3
St. Francis 2 2 3 — 7
Lourdes: Charlie Kielty 1 goal, 1 assist; Jackson Heim 1 goal; Jack Kleinschmidt 1 assist; Dominic Schwirtz 1 assist; Matt Mahoney 1 goal, 1 assist. Goalie: Sam Decker 43 saves (50 shots).
St. Francis: Dylan Strate 3 goals; Cody Strate 2 assists; Austin Smith 1 goal, 1 assist; Ethan Smith 1 goal; Dayne Mann 2 goals; Owen Dubois 1 assist; Nathan Roberts 1 assist; Blake Kelley 1 assist; Gavin McCoy 1 assist. Goalie: Spencer White 17 saves (20 shots).