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College men’s hockey: Marian wins shootout to advance past Yellowjackets in Superior Showdown

UWS and St. Scholastica will meet for third place Friday, Dec. 31, at Wessman Arena.

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Wisconsin-Superior’s Coltyn Bates (29) gets a shot off in front of Wisconsin-River Falls’ Joey Foss (29) in the first period at Wessman Arena Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Superior. File / Superior Telegram
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Mason Richey scored as Marian won the shootout 1-0 to advance past Wisconsin-Superior with a 2-2 overtime tie at the Superior Showdown men’s hockey tournament Thursday, Dec. 30, before 104 at Wessman Arena in Superior.

After a scoreless first period, Dylan Johnson of Cloquet opened the scoring at 7:57 in the second period on a power-play goal assisted by Levi Cudmore, Levi and Chad Lopez. The teams exchanged goals later in the period with Jordan Martin’s tally at 18:55 in the second gave UWS a 2-1 lead going into the final period.

It was short-lived, however, really short lived as Austin Nault scored just 22 seconds into the third period to knot it 2-2.

There would be no more scoring through regulation and overtime despite UWS controlling the extra session with a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal.

Colby Muise had 37 saves for the Sabres (5-5-2) while Landon Pavlisin had 25 saves for the Yellowjackets (6-4-2).

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Marian will play Aurora for the Superior Showdown title at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Wessman Arena with UWS playing St. Scholastica at 3 p.m. for third place.

Aurora advances with shootout win over CSS

Nationally 10th-ranked Aurora converted on its first two attempts of the shootout while St. Scholastica came up empty as the Spartans advanced after a 2-2 overtime tie in the first game of the Superior Showdown at Wessman Arena.

St. Scholastica, returning to the ice for the first time since Dec. 4, trailed 1-0 after a goal by Simon Boyko at 16:01 in the first but came back to tie it later in the period on a goal by Arkhip Ledenkov.

The Spartans regained the lead when Connor Smith scored unassisted at 8:16 in the second period before Ledenkov scored the equalizer at 6:05 in the third period for his first multi-goal game of the season.

That’s how it would stay until the shootout as Josh Boyko had 20 saves for Aurora (10-2-1) and Jack Bostedt had 28 saves for the Saints (6-4-1).

This story was updated at 8 a.m. Dec. 31 to correct the date of the Superior Showdown title game. It was originally posted at 10:41 p.m. Dec. 30. The News Tribune regrets the error.

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