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Austin appeared to have caught Red Wing feeling down after a bad loss on Tuesday, but the Wingers regrouped from a two-goal hole and beat the Packers, 4-2, on Thursday. Austin took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and still had a hold on the game until Jack Nevitt scored unassisted 13 minutes, 30 seconds into the second period. Then, Teddy Lillico scored off assists from Michael Stoffel and Jack Maroushek at 6:55 of the third to tie the game.
Nine-straight wins lifted Goodhue to a 52-13, Hiawatha Valley League victory over Lake City on Thursday. The Tigers were the team to get out to a hot start with a pin from Mason West and a major decision from Nash Nelson to open the dual. But Wildcat Maddox O'Reilly got a fall at 120 pounds to get Goodhue its first points.
Northern Lakes eliminated a 3-0 deficit, but Red Wing scored the final three goals for a 7-4 victory over the Lightning in the Girls Hockey St. Paul Winter Classic on Saturday at North Dale Rec Center. Emily Hart scored the only goal of the first period for the Wingers, and Kendal Swanson scored twice in the second before Northern Lakes' Caitlyn Gutzman and Chloe Deutsch made it 3-2 before the second intermission. Alyssa Koslowski tied the game early in the third, but Nicole Oberding gave Red Wing the lead right back a couple minutes later.
Goodhue moved to 4-2 in Section 1A play after securing a 43-36 win against Fillmore Central on Monday. Sam Opsahl provided the biggest lift for the Wildcats with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Dawson Evanson added nine points and three rebounds, and Mitchell Hemenway came up with eight points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Schrimpf chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.
Hosting four teams for its annual invitational, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team finished in second place Saturday. The Wingers scored 542 points, bested only by Park of Cottage Grove's 801. Bloomington Kennedy was third at 412, followed by Tartan's 368.
Lake City had a strong showing on Saturday, placing fourth in the 14-team Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invitational. The Tigers totaled 124 points, falling behind the host Bulldogs (199), Caledonia-Houston (164) and Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (132). Tanner Frank won a 2-1 decision over PEM's Cael Marx for the 126-pound title, while Derek Meincke took third at 152 with an 8-5 win over Jon Frazier of Wabasha-Kellogg. Lake City will travel to Byron for a triangular with Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday.
Breck Bergin and Carolyn Hanson led Red Wing to a fourth-place finish at the Farmington Invitational on Saturday. The Wingers scored 125.7 points, behind the host Tigers (139.6), Hendricks-RTR (129.3) and White Bear Lake (129.15). Bergin took second place on the vault with a 9.35, and second in the all-around with a 34. Hanson took third on the parallel uneven bars with an 8.3, while Bergin was fourth with an 8.25. With an 8.4, Hanson was fifth on the floor, and with an even 33, was third in the all-around.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa got 24 points from Isaiah Nolte in an easy 75-50 victory over Triton on Tuesday. Nolte also had seven rebounds while Jacob Niebuhr (15), Willy Heitman (13) and Robvon Jackson (11) all hit double-digits in scoring. Niebuhr also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and also had half of the team's 10 steals. The Cougars (11-2) host Rochester Lourdes on Friday. Goodhue 50, Hayfield 48 Goodhue's five points in overtime were just enough to beat Hayfield on Tuesday, 50-48.
Tuesday Hayfield 51, Goodhue 45 Even without one of its best players in Maggie Streightiff, fifth-ranked (Class A) Hayfield picked up a big statement win in Section 1A with a 51-45 Hiawatha Valley League win against second-ranked Goodhue on Tuesday. “Hayfield put on a pretty ferocious pressure that we didn't handle well,” said Wildcats head coach Josh Wieme. “We didn't get stops and we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds.”
Up 25-13 midway through the first half, Mankato West went into the locker room on a 18-6 run to pull ahead of Red Wing, 43-19 at halftime. Eventually, the Scarlets put the game away with a 79-48 Big Nine Conference victory on Friday. DonTray Johnson moved from the bench to the starting lineup and finished with a Winger-best 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. Coming off the bench, Carson Nystuen also finished in double figures with 10 points along with three steals.