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Spartans win consolation title at Hilltopper Classic

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The Spartans (5-6) open the tournament by losing to East Grand Forks then rebounded with a win over the Delano Tigers. All three final scores were 2-1.

Green Bay Notre Dame defeated Mankato West 3-2 in the championship game.

The Spartans took a 2-0 lead on Marshall thanks to first-period goals by Braden LaPorte and Tyler Nystrom.

LaPorte’s second goal of the season came 25 seconds into the game with assists from Anthony Bronson and Nystrom.

Nystrom’s eventual game-winner came four minutes later when he took a pass from Aaron Miller and slipped the puck through the legs of Marshall goaltender Alex Murray.

Luke Dow scored Marshall’s goal on a power play at 10:28 of the second period.

Paxton Paine had 19 saves for Superior and Murray finished with 24.

The Spartans next five games are at home, starting with the Proctor Rails at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Eau Claire Memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

Saturday’s Game

Superior 2................................. 0          0         —          2

Duluth Marshall...................... 0          1           0          —  1

First period — 1. SHS, Braden LaPorte 2 (Anthony Bronson 6, Tyler Nystrom 9), 0:25; 2. SHS, Nystrom 10 (Aaron Miller 15), 4:21.

Second period — 3. DM, Luke Dow (Anthony Miller, Kyle McKinzie), 10:28 (pp).

Third period — No scoring.

Saves — Paxton Paine, SHS, 6-7-6—19; Alex Murray, DM, 10-6-8—24.

SHS 2, Delano 1

All of the scoring on Friday took place in the first period.

Superior took a 1-0 lead at 3:11 when Miller deflected Grant Hanson’s shot from the right point past Delano goaltender Brett Norling. Nystrom also assisted on Miller’s team-leading 10th goal of the season.

Delano tied it up on Chet Halonen’s shorthanded goal nine minutes later.

Superior took the lead for good on Miller’s power-play goal with 1:25 left in the first period. Daniel Mikel, who missed the past two games with an illness, picked up his sixth assist of the season.

Paine picked up the win in goal with 17 assists. Norling finished with 29 saves for Delano.

Delano, Minn........................... 1          0           0          —  1

Superior.................................... 2          0           0          —  2

First Period: 1. SHS, Aaron Miller 12(Grant Hanson 6, Tyler Nystrom 8), 3:11. 2. Delano, Chet Halonen (Steve Lewis, Gabe Halonen), 12:00 (sh). 3. SHS, Miller 12 (Daniel Mikel 6), 15:35 (pp).

Saves: Brett Norling, Delano 10-14-5—29. Paxton Paine, SHS 4-8-5—17.

EGF 2, SHS 1

Superior lost to East Grand Forks in the opening round Thursday night at Mars Lakeview Arena.

EGF outshot Superior 11-3 in the first period and in the process took a 2-0 lead as Brandon Loven scored 45 seconds into the game and Dixon Bowen scored at the 7:05 mark.

Miller scored Superior’s goal with an assist from Shane Tetzlaff with four seconds remaining.

Paine finished with 30 saves for Superior and Josh Weber had nine saves for EGF.

Superior.................................... 0          0           1          —  1

East Grand Forks................... 2          0           0          —  2

First Period: 1. EGF, Brandon Loven (Colton Poolman), 0:45. 2. EGF, Dixon Bowen (Tanner Tweten, Poolman), 7:05.

Second Period: No scoring.

Third Period: 3. SHS, Aaron Miller 10 (Shane Tetzlaff 1), 16:56.

Saves: Paxton Paine, SHS 9-10-11—30. Josh Weber, EGF 3-2-5—9. 

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