Luverne rallies to move into Section 3A boys hockey finals
Monday high school sports roundup:
Luverne 6, Mankato East/Loyola 2
ST. PETER -- The Luverne Cardinals needed something good to happen in the third period of their Section 3A boys hockey semifinal Monday night against Mankato East/Loyola. All even at 2-2 after two periods, the No. 2 seed needed a strong finish to turn back the No. 3 Cougars.
And they got it, outscoring East 4-0 at Lund Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Brock Behrend had the first goal and the last for LHS in the all-important third, and teammates Elliot Domagala and Blaik Bork also tickled the net.
The win pushed Luverne into the section championship game, set for Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. right back at the Lund Center. The Cards will take on top-seeded New Ulm, which eliminated Mankato West 4-3 in the other semifinal game on Monday.
Behrend and Blaik Bork had goals for Luverne in the first period as the Cards took a 2-0 lead on the Cats. But Mankato East/Loyola evened the score with a pair of goals By Shae Gavin.
Owen Sudenga was credited with three assists for Luverne, all in the third period. Behrend had two assists while Patrick Kroski and Domagala both had one.
Mankato East/Loyola outshot Luverne 27-20 in the game.
ME/L 0 2 0 -- 2
Luverne 2 0 4 -- 6
SWC 82, MLA/C 63
MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Four Southwest Minnesota Christian players scored in double figures in a boys basketball game where the Eagles clinched the Red Rock Conference championship.
Jarett Kuipers scored 27 points, Trevin Prins scored 17, Aidan Schaap added 15 and Dawson Rieck had 12.
For Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey, Carter Olson led the way with 19 points. Grant Regier had 11 and Ashton Toll had 10 with 12 rebounds.
SWC 42 82
MLA/C 27 63
W-WG 68, MCC 39
WESTBROOK -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove convincingly defeated Murray County Central in a game that finished both teams with 13-3 records within the Red Rock Conference.
MCC led early, 12-5, but the Chargers came on strong.
Hudson Jenniges led the winners with 22 points, Dan Kleven had 14 and Cole Curry added 10.
Tanner Graphenteen with nine, Christian Tentinger with eight and Bryce Hoekman with seven paced the Rebels.
MCC 21 39
W-WG 34 68