Kate Schipper put on a show. Again.
The junior forward for top-seeded Breck added to her superb Class 1A girls’ hockey quarterfinal hat-trick performance with four goals in an 8-4 victory over Red Wing in the semifinals, lifting the Mustangs into Saturday’s championship game.
Schipper scored all four of her goals – three on the power play — as part of a wild seven-goal second period between the two teams.
Seven minutes into the period, Schipper showed her stuff. Starting from behind her own net, she zig-zagged through the neutral zone into Wingers’ territory and scored the eventual game-winning goal after she pulled the puck from left to right on a pretty pass to herself in front of the net.
“She gets out of the blocks quick,” said Breck coach Chris Peterson. “If Kate gets a step on you to the outside, there’s not many defensemen that can make the turn and stay with her.”
Schipper also scored in the second on two rising wrist shots and a powerful slap shot, but said the coast-to-coast display was her favorite.
“Crashing to the net was pretty fun,” said Schipper, who almost seemed embarrassed when her fourth-goal slapper made it an 8-4 game with 1:46 left in the second. “If there’s open ice, I’ll go and take it.”
Before Schipper’s onslaught, Milica McMillen scored a pair of goals 35 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period to erase a 2-1 deficit against the No. 4 seed.
“We have the firepower to match some of these top teams,” Wingers coach Scott Haley said. “We just have to have the bounces go our way and have the defensive stalwarts, and we didn’t have it.”
“They might be the best team in Class 1A or 2A.”
Kate Schipper, Breck- Kate Schipper lead the Mustangs with four highlight goals. Schipper was also noticeably dominant in the face-off circle all afternoon. Kate played with evident determination and was convincingly the best forward during Friday's game.
Milica McMillen, Breck- Milica tallied two timely goals for Breck in the first period and contributed two more assists as the Mustangs took down Red Wing. McMillen showed confident puck movement and breakout skating ability all afternoon.
Paige Haley, Red Wing- Paige Haley was able to put away one goal and tally two assists as she played most of the afternoon against Breck's top line. Haley logged minutes on both power play and penalty kill for Red Wing, but showed no sign of fatigue through the final seconds of the third period.
-Ryan Brodd, MN Girls Hockey Hub Staff