Brainerd/Little Falls beats Andover in overtime to advance to Class AA Championship

February 22, 2019 09:32 PM

After seeing its two-goal lead erased in the third period, #3 Brainerd/Little Falls (25-4-1) scored 10 seconds into overtime to thwart #2 Andover’s (24-5) comeback bid, winning 3-2 in the 2019 MSHSL Class AA Girls Hockey semifinals on Friday evening at Xcel Energy Center. 

The win avenges Brainerd’s consolation semifinal loss in the Warriors’ first state tournament appearance last year.

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The Warriors will head to the state championship game on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center where they’ll face the #1 Edina/#5 Minnetonka winner. 

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Andover will play in the third place game on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center, looking to secure a trophy to go with last year’s consolation win.

Brainerd scored a goal in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Six different players combined for the points on their first two goals. The two goal lead came despite facing an 18-7 shot disparity in the first period and 11-9 in the second for a 29-16 shot margin in favor of Andover.

In the third, Andover continued to compile more shots, registering an 11-6 advantage and finished the game up 40-23 in shots on goal.

Things finally evened out for the Huskies on the scoreboard, too, with the help of sophomore forward Madelynn Jurgensen’s two assists, working with senior forward Paige Anderson to set up junior defender Kennedy Little for the first goal. She assisted senior forward Hannah Stauffeneker for the game tying goal in the 11th minute.

In overtime, it was senior forward Cheyenne Abear who secured the game winner on a feed from junior forward Gabbie Smith after Smith won the opening faceoff of overtime. Smith and Abear each had a pair of points, with Abear scoring and assisting while Smith had a pair of assists.

Warrior senior goalie Olivia King secured the win, compiling 38 total saves.

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