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Boys Hockey: Knights double up Warriors

ALBERTVILLE--St. Michael-Albertville received three goals from three different players to jump out to a 3-0 lead over the Brainerd Warriors and the No. 2 seeded Knights hung on for a 4-2 victory in Saturday's Section 8-2A semifinals.

Mason Kruse
Mason Kruse

ALBERTVILLE-St. Michael-Albertville received three goals from three different players to jump out to a 3-0 lead over the Brainerd Warriors and the No. 2 seeded Knights hung on for a 4-2 victory in Saturday's Section 8-2A semifinals.

Caden Sigerud, Adam Flammang and Brady Berning all netted goals for the Knights before Brainerd's Mason Kruse connected on a power-play goal 8:23 into the second period. Kruse's goal was assisted by Matt Fischer and Gavin Andres.

Val Popowski pushed the Knights lead back up to three with a goal early in the third before Kruse connected on another power-play goal assisted by Joe Klange.

Brainerd, the No. 3 seed in the bracket, finishes the season 20-7.

STMA improves its winning streak to 11 games, which included a 4-1 defeat of Brainerd Feb. 13.

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The Knights advance to face top-seeded Moorhead, which dispatched St. Cloud 5-0, for the Section 8-2A title.

St. Michael-A 2 1 1-4

Brainerd 0 1 1-2

First period: STMA-Caden Sigerud (Cole Lehmann) 5:59; STMA-Adam Flammang (Luc Laylin) 8:00

Second period: STMA-Brady Berning (Sigerud) 2:38; Brd-Mason Kruse (Matt Fischer, Gavin Andres) ppg 8:23

Third period: STMA-Val Popowski (Laylin, Garett Sandberg) 4:10; Brd-Kruse (Joe Klang) 13:47

Shots on goal: Brd 11 8 9-28, STMA 15 14 5-34

Goalies: Brd-Colin Kleffman (30 saves); STMA-Justin Damon (26 saves)

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Final record: Brd 20-7.

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