With a second consecutive Class 1A state championship secure, Warroad goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie can now admit she had a personal goal in mind.
The talented senior hoped to roll through the three-game tournament with three shutouts. She was on track through seven periods before South St. Paul scored in the second period of Saturday’s championship game.
The Packers’ Abby Palmquist lifted a backhander toward Amsley-Benzie’s left side and the puck trickled behind the goal line.
“I wish I had it back,” Amsley-Benzie said. “It’s tough. I didn’t see much rubber that whole game. It would have been nice to have three shutouts, but I’ll get over it.”
Seeing Amsley-Benzie, one of three Senior Goalie of the Year finalists, get beat did not alarm the Warriors.
“We have a lot of faith in Shelby,” forward Karley Sylvester said.
The feeling all season has been mutual.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a time I’ve worried they won’t come through and I think it’s vice-versa,” Amsley-Benzie said.
Amsley-Benzie finished the tournament with 41 saves on 42 shots and two shutouts, bringing her season total to 13.
Coon Rapids 5, Hill-Murray 4, 2 OT
Two of the metro area’s most dynamic forwards and future Gophers teammates, Rachael Bona of Coon Rapids and Hannah Brandt of Hill-Murray, impressed during Saturday’s Class 2A third-place game.
Each player scored two goals, with Brandt’s third period goal tying it 4-4. The game went to a second overtime before the Cardinals’ Chelsea Cyert scored the game-winner.
• Breck won the Class 1A third-place game, outlasting Eveleth-Gilbert 6-4 with two goals in the third period. The Mustangs’ Milica McMillen and Prentice Basten each scored twice.
• Elk River/Zimmerman beat Lakeville South 2-1 in the Class 2A consolation title game. Josie Brown’s third period goal held up as the game-winner.
• Red Wing won the Class 1A consolation title, 5-4 over Hutchinson. The Wingers’ Paige Haley scored twice.
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