The South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association’s Bantam “A” Tournament began at Bergman Area Friday afternoon, as the eight top teams faced off for a state title.
Sioux Falls 8, Yankton 2
The No. 3 seeded Sioux Falls Flyers got off to a flying start Friday afternoon, scoring five goals in the first two periods and coasting to an 8-2 win over the Yankton Miracle.
Goals by Alexander Chan and Camden Pantekoek got the Flyers going with goals in the first period, then Hayden Gorra, Brody Tynan and Tytan Haight pushed the lead to 5-0 with a trio of goals in a minute-and-a-half portion of the second period.
Yankton got on the board early in the third period with a goal from Jack Pedersen, but goals from Pantekoek, Gorra and Tynan slammed the door on the Miracle comeback effort. A late goal from Jace Sedlacek for the Miracle made the final score 8-2.
Nathan Renken, Chan and Pantekoek each had two assists in the game for Sioux Falls, and Gavin Covrig stopped 16 shots in net for the Flyers.
Brookings 7, Mitchell 1
The second-seeded Brookings Rangers moved smoothly into the semifinal round of the State Bantam “A” Tournament on the strength of a 7-1 win over the Mitchell Marlins Friday afternoon.
Carson Odde got Brookings on the board at the 14:59 mark, and teammate Ren Jacobsen added to the lead with a goal seven minutes later.
Jacob Kahle pushed the lead to 3-0 with a goal for the Rangers, although Mitchell got on the board seconds later on a goal by Parker Denne.
But Brookings closed the period with two goals in 31 seconds, as Jacob Law and Riley Linstad lit the lamp.
Kahle and Linstad each notched their second goals of the match in the third period, putting no doubt in the outcome of the game.
Jacobsen, Kahle, Jay Harris, Aidan Austreim and Tre Christopherson all were credited with assists in the game for Brookings. Egan Jensen made 18 saves for the Rangers, while Gavin Polreis made 24 stops for Mitchell.
Brookings will face Sioux Falls in the championship semifinals at 5 p.m. today, while Mitchell and Yankton square off in the consolation round at 11 a.m. this morning.
Aberdeen 7, Oahe 0
The Aberdeen Cougars scored five goals in the opening period and coasted to a dominating 7-0 win over the Oahe Capitals in the opening round of the S.D. Bantam “A” state hockey tournament Friday evening at Bergman Arena.
Four separate Cougars - Lance Siefken, Brady Huff, Jaxon Danielson and Carson Myhre found the back of the Capital’s net in a seven minute stretch of the opening period, all but locking down the win.
Levi Little added a second period goal for the Cougars and Aiden Posthumus added one in the third period.
Myhre and Noah Steele each had two assists in the win and goal tender Carson Hundstad stopped all eighteen shots on goal in the contest.
Jaxon Jungwirth had 21 saves for the Capitals.
Aberdeen will take on top seeded Rushmore in the second championship semifinal tonight at 7 p.m., while Oahe will tangle with Sioux Center in a consolation round match this afternoon at 1 p.m.
Rushmore 4, Sioux Center 1
The top-seeded Rushmore Thunder held the upset-minded Sioux Center Tornadoes scoreless for the second and third periods, to take a 4-1 win in the final opening round game of the State Bantam “A” Tournament.
Rushmore opened the scoring five minutes into the game on a goal by Easton Knoll, but Judah Baart got the evener for Sioux Center four minutes later. A minute and a half later, however, Cameron Ritter got Rushmore back on top with a goal that made it 2-1 after one period.
The Thunder got an insurance goal in the the second period, as Dexter Steen lit the lamp for a 3-1 lead and Wyatt Reeder added a bit more of a cushion with a goal to open the third period.
Knoll, Steen, Preston Owens and Tarin Hutchinson all notched assists in the game for Rushmore and goalie Brody Lee turned away eight shots.
Sioux Center goaltender Christian Richards was under fire all night, making 45 saves in the game.