March 06, 2019 10:38 PM
After earning fourth place honors in the 2018 MSHSL Class A tourney, #1 Mahtomedi (21-6-1) wasted no time advancing to the state semifinals this year, jumping out to a three goal lead in the opening period on their way to a 6-0 quarterfinal win over New Ulm (17-81-1) on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.
In the last minutes of the first period, Mahtomedi scored back-to-back-to-back goals to take a three goal lead going into the first intermission. The Zephyrs had a commanding 5-0 lead at the end of the second period with goals coming off the sticks of senior forwards and twin brothers Tom and Joe Paradise. Sophomore defenseman JD Mets and Tom Paradise each had two goals in the game. Senior forward Kory Pilarski netted the last goal of the game just nine seconds into the final period. Adam Johnson had two assists in the game, giving him 11 on the season.
A margin of six goals or more meant running time in the third period.
Mahtomedi ninth-grade goalie Ben Dardis recorded seven saves and teammate senior goalie John Poirer stopped three shots in the shutout victory while senior goalie Jack Raymond compiled 49 saves for the Eagles.
The Zephyrs will head to the semifinals against the #5 Delano and #4Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin winner on Friday, March 8 at 1:30 pm at Xcel Energy Center. New Ulm will play the loser of that matchup on Thursday in the consolation semifinals at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
Created: March 06, 2019 10:38 PM
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