February 24, 2018 09:58 PM
No. 2 Breck School (19-10-1) raced to a 3-2 win over No. 1 Warroad (24-4-2) eight seconds into overtime to capture the program’s second MSHSL Class A Girls’ Hockey Tournament championship on Saturday evening at Xcel Energy Center.
Breck School head coach Ronda (Curtin) Engelhardt made history, becoming the first person to win an MSHSL Girls’ Hockey Tournament championship as a player and a head coach. She led Roseville Area High School to a state title in 1999 as a player.
After Warroad tied the game in the 10th minute of the third period, Breck’s Olivia Mobley scored her second goal of the game for the Mustangs in the 15th minute with just 2:30 to play in regulation.
In the 17th minute and Warrior skating with an extra player, a Breck penalty gave the Warriors a 6-on-4 advantage for the last 58.7 seconds. The Warriors needed just 31 seconds to fire off four shots, with the third shot rebounded by Marlie Johnston who tied the game at two at the 16:33 mark.
Breck was aggressive off the opening faceoff in overtime, looking to stop Warroad’s momentum. Gabby Billing won the faceoff for the Mustangs and raced down the left side of the ice against the boards. From behind the net, Billing flung the puck back out towards the goal with Sadie Lindsay converting the deflection for the game-winner just eight seconds into overtime.
Mobley (2g), Billing (2a) and Lindsay (1g, 1a) each had two point performances in the state championship for the Mustangs with Mobley and Billing being named to the All-Tournament Team.
In the state tournament, Mobley scored five goals and had nine points while Billing distributed seven assists in an eight point tournament run.
Breck had five All-Tournament Team selections with defenders Ella Brophy, Emily Zumwinkle and Katherine Solohub also making the list.
Kaitlyn Kotlowski led Warroad in the championship game with a game tying goal in the 10th minute of the third period to make it 1-1, and assisted on the game tying goal in the 17th minute to send it to overtime. She finished the tournament with six points, scoring and assisting on three goals.
She’s joined on the All-Tournament Team by Hannah Corneliusen with four goals and two assists, one of the assists coming on Kotlowski’s goal in the championship game.
Warroad was also represented by Madison Oelkers who assisted on Johnston’s game tying goal in the 17th minute, one of her three assists in a four point tournament effort.
Warroad goalie Quinn Kuntz also earned All-Tournament Team honors, allowing just four goals in the tournament with 57 saves for a .934 percentage.
It was an impressive performance for the state champion Mustangs, snapping Warroad’s 12-game winning streak during which the Warriors had allowed just five goals including a 12-1 scoring margin in the state quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before Breck netted three goals in the final.
Warroad adds state runner-up to last year's third place finish in a pair of strong runs for a program that has been a state competitor nine times since 2006, reaching the state title six times including a pair of state titles.
Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League
Updated: February 24, 2018 09:58 PM
Created: February 24, 2018 09:01 PM
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