Sophomore forward Cara Sajevic broke a third-period tie with her third goal of the contest Friday night, and Gentry Academy earned a girls hockey state tournament berth with a 5-4 victory over South St. Paul in the Section 4A championship game.
The Stars and Packers exploded for a combined five goals in the second period, leaving the game tied 4-4 with one period remaining. Thirteen minutes ticked off the clock before Sajevic’s game winner sent the Stars (17-2-0) to state.
Sajevic scored two goals in the second period and added an assist on Riley Reeves’ goal in the second period. Reeves finished with a goal and an assist.
Eighth grader Alida Ahern scored a goal and contributed an assist for the Packers (12-7-1).
Farmington 3, Lakeville South 2: With the game tied 2-2, sophomore defenseman Madison Kadrlik scored with 45 seconds remaining in the third period to push the Tigers (11-8-1) past Lakeville South in the Section 1, Class 2A championship game. The Tigers will advance to the state tournament.
The first four goals were scored within four minutes in the second period. Defenseman Jayden Seifert and forward Sam Moehle both scored unassisted for the Tigers. Junior forward Ryann Wright led the Cougars (14-5-1) with a goal and an assist.
Johnson 5, Highland Park 1: The Governors and Scots were tied 1-1 after the first period, but Johnson scored four unanswered goals in the second and third to advance to the Section 4, Class A semifinals. Johnson will play Gentry Academy on Tuesday.
Senior forward Teddy Wilebski IV contributed a goal and notched three assists for the Governors (8-9-0), and fellow senior forward Blayde Pogreba chipped in the game-opening goal and an assist.
Senior Sammy Boor scored the lone goal for Highland Park (4-10-0).
Rosemount 5, Burnsville 3: The Irish survived a third period push from the Blaze to advance to the Section 3, Class 2A championship game.
The Irish (16-3-1) built a four-goal lead going into the third period, two of which came from senior forward Luke Levandowski in the first period. But the Blaze (9-11-0) mounted a comeback, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the third.
After fending off the late push, Rosemount will face St. Thomas Academy in the section championship game on Wednesday.
Mahtomedi 80, Columbia Heights 40: The Zephyrs scored 61 first-half points and senior forward Ella Hronski matched her season-high with 23 points in a dominant win in their Section 4, Class 3A quarterfinal matchup.
Greta Schimnowski and Zoey Washington also notched double figures for the Zephyrs (15-3) with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lilah Bergan led the Hylanders (5-11) with 17 points.
Mahtomedi now advances to the section semifinals, where it will play St. Anthony on Tuesday.
Farmington 73, Rochester John Marshall 35: The Tigers (20-0) reached the state championship game last season before the tournament was canceled amid the pandemic, and it looks like they might have another run in them.
Four players garnered double figures for the Tigers in a dominant Section 1, Class 4A semifinal win that sent Farmington to its third section championship in as many years. Forward Sophie Hart notched a team-high 17 points, Peyton Blandin and Paige Kindseth chipped in 14 points each, and Maleah Scott contributed 12.
Junior Lilly Meister led Rochester John Marshall (9-8) with a game-high 23 points.
The Tigers will play Rochester Mayo in the section championship game on Wednesday.
The 2021 Mr. Hockey and Frank Brimsek award finalists were announced Friday. The Mr. Hockey award recognizes the state’s most outstanding senior hockey player, while the Frank Brimsek Award acknowledges the state’s best senior goaltender.
Mr. Hockey finalists
Cam Boche: forward, Lakeville South
Jackson Hallum: forward, St. Thomas Academy
Luke Levandowski: forward, Rosemount
Joey Palodichuk: defenseman, Hill-Murray
Carter Batchelder: forward, Eden Prairie
Kyle Kukkonen: forward, Maple Grove
Luke Mittelstadt: defenseman, Eden Prairie
Henry Nelson: defenseman, Maple Grove
Jack Peart: defenseman, Grand Rapids
Joey Pierce: defenseman, Hermantown
Frank Brimsek finalists
Alex Timmons: Gentry Academy
Aksel Reid: Blake
Jack Wieneke: Maple Grove