Prep report: East boys hockey handed first loss
Thanks to Duluth East's 4-3 loss to Eden Prairie on Saturday, there are no more undefeated boys hockey teams remaining in Minnesota.
The top-ranked Greyhounds had knocked off Minnetonka exactly a week prior in a battle of the last two unbeatens, but East (9-1-3) couldn't hang onto three separate one-goal leads Saturday. Jack Jensen and Joey Graen scored in the third period to help the Eagles (6-8-1) stop a four-game losing streak and six-game winless streak.
Ryder Donovan tallied 19 seconds into the game for the Greyhounds, who also saw goals from Ricky Lyle and Jack Fitzgerald while outshooting Eden Prairie 46-31.
Minnetonka 5, Hermantown 3
Class A's top-ranked team threw a scare at Class AA No. 2, but the Hawks couldn't hold a 3-2 lead, instead watching the Skippers score the game's final three goals en route to a win in Minnetonka.
Brady Baker scored twice for Hermantown, which lost for the first time since Dec. 9. The Hawks came into Saturday on a six-game winning streak and eight-game unbeaten streak.
Eau Claire North 4,
Taylor Burger gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead with 4:30 remaining in the third period only to watch Jack Echternach produce the equalizer with 2.1 seconds left and Sam Stange score in overtime to seal the Huskies' victory, which saddled Wisconsin's third-ranked team with its fourth loss.
North Woods 53, Nevis 39
In a Martin Luther King Classic showdown of undefeated Class A teams at Duluth East High School, the top-ranked Grizzlies won behind 17 points by Cade Goggleye and 16 from Trevor Morrison while handing the third-ranked Tigers their first loss.
Cloquet 64, Chisago Lakes 61
A fourth consecutive win wasn't easy for the Lumberjacks, who built a 35-24 halftime lead but had to hang on at the MLK Classic.
Bryce Turnbull's 18 points paced four Cloquet players in double figures.
Proctor 91, International Falls 32
The Rails opened the Section 7AA game on a 23-0 run and cruised to the home win.
Proctor's Brody Eldien led all scorers with 17 points.
MIB 64, Hayfield 54
The visiting Rangers used a strong second half to down the fifth-ranked Vikings.
Led by Mary Burke's 26 points, No. 3 Mountain Iron-Buhl outscored Hayfield 34-22 in the second half to shrug off a two-point deficit at the break. Madisen Overbye scored 12 points for the Rangers, who improved to 15-1.
Hermantown 59, Zimmerman 46
Taylor Vold notched 18 points and the host Hawks pulled away in the second half of the nonconference game to win their fourth in a row.