Luverne girls hockey team loses in state consolation bracket
The Luverne High School girls high school hockey team lost to River Lakes Thursday, 4-2, in the consolation bracket but finished the season with an outstanding 23-5 record
ST. PAUL -- The Luverne High School girls hockey team, which upset top-seeded New Ulm to win the Section 3 championship, did not have any more upset victories in its arsenal this week as it competed in the Minnesota state Class A tournament.
The Cardinals fell to South St. Paul in the quarterfinals Wednesday night, 3-1, at the Xcel Energy Center. Then on Thursday, they were defeated 4-2 in the consolation semifinals by River Lakes at the TRIA Rink.
S. St. Paul 3, Luverne 1
Two first period goals were all that South St. Paul needed to advance in the quarterfinals against Luverne.
The Packers scored twice in the first period with goals by Inga Oelerking and Eva Bork to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. There, the Cardinals scored their only goal as junior Kamryn Van Batavia found paydirt. Payton Behr and Mallory Von Tersch were credited with assists on the score.
Van Batavia, who is committed to Minnesota State University-Mankato, is the top goal scorer and point getter in Minnesota high school girls hockey.
South St. Paul’s Aliyah Danielson scored an insurance goal in the second period.
In other quarterfinal games Wednesday, Orono beat Mankato East 7-1, Proctor-Hermantown topped Albert Lea 6-2 and top-seeded Warroad shut out River Lakes 7-0.
Luverne 0 1 0 -- 1
South St. Paul 2 1 0 -- 3
River Lakes 4, Luverne 2
River Lakes moved out to a 2-0 first period lead on the Cards with goals by Abby Storms and Sophia Hess.
Van Batavia scored for Luverne in the second period to pull to within 2-1, on assists by Reghan Bork and Von Tersch. But the Stars scored twice more in the period, both goals by Kianna Roeske.
Van Batavia, with an assist from Behr, tallied the Cardinals’ final goal in the third period.
River Lakes finished with 38 shots on goal, putting up 13 in the first period, 16 in the second and nine in the third. Luverne had 36 shots; 13 in the first, eight in the second and 15 in the third.
The win upped River Lakes’ record to 17-13. Luverne finished its season at 23-5.
River Lakes 2 2 0 -- 4
Luverne 0 1 1 -- 2