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Second-period explosion propels 1A top-ranked Breck past Orono

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 02/12/20, 7:45PM CST

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The teams combined for seven goals, five by the Mustangs, who skated to a 6-2 victory in the Section 5 final.

Breck’s Sadie Lindsay picks up a goal in the second period in the Class 1A, Section 5 final Wednesday night, helping the Mustangs beat Orono 6-2 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Breck’s Sadie Lindsay picks up a goal in the second period in the Class 1A, Section 5 final Wednesday night, helping the Mustangs beat Orono 6-2 at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

The game was scoreless after the first period between Orono and top-ranked Breck.

Then the goal-scoring came in a hurry.

Orono struck first, but Breck responded with two goals in 10 seconds. Breck took a 5-2 lead into the third period en route to a 6-2 victory Wednesday at St. Louis Park Rec Center in its bid for a third consecutive Class 1A, Section 5 championship. 

Orono’s Kaeli Koopman attempts to force the puck into the net Wednesday night in the Class 1A, Section 5 final. The Spartans lost to the Mustangs 6-2. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Orono’s Kaeli Koopman attempts to force the puck into the net Wednesday night in the Class 1A, Section 5 final. The Spartans lost to the Mustangs 6-2. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First report

The game was scoreless after the first period between Orono and top-ranked Breck.

Then the goal-scoring floodgates opened.

Orono struck first, but Breck responded with two goals in 10 seconds in the middle of the second period to take the lead. When the seven-goal middle frame was over, Breck held a 5-2 lead on its way to a 6-2 victory and a third consecutive Class 1A, Section 5 championship.

Breck junior Sadie Lindsay bookended the second-period scoring effort for Breck with her 16th and 17th goals of the season on Wednesday at St. Louis Park Rec Center.

Between the two teams, they scored a total of four goals in a back-and-forth span of 2 minutes and 51 seconds, putting Breck up 3-2 at that point.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak and ended the season for the Spartans (17-10-1). Orono sophomore Kailey Niccum scored both second-period goals for the Spartans, her seventh and eighth tallies of the season. Senior goaltender Anna Lisle made 17 saves in the first period to keep Breck at bay.

The Mustangs also defeated Orono 11-2 in December, out-shooting Orono 49-19 in that game. Breck outshot Orono 48-20 on Wednesday.

Breck (22-6-0) will make its eighth trip to the state tournament, looking to become the first Class 1A team to complete a three-peat of state championships. 

Check back later for more on the game.

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