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Holy Angels beats Breck in Class 1A, Section 5 semifinal

By Kassondra Burtis, SportsEngine, 02/15/22, 6:00PM CST


The Stars used an explosive five goal performance to beat the Mustangs on Tuesday.

Holy Angels' Audrey Garton had two goals and two assists against Breck Tuesday evening in Richfield. The Stars advanced to the Class 1A, Section 5 final with a 5-1 victory over the Mustangs. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

After seven claps, a short yet excitable locker room cheer for their win, and a Top Gun get-up awarded to the team’s player of the game, Holy Angels is laser focused on their next win-or-go-home matchup.

The No. 2 seed in Class 1A, Section 5 the Stars (22-4-1) rolled to their seventh consecutive win on Tuesday — hence the seven claps — as they defeated Breck 5-1 at Richfield Ice Arena.

Sophomores Audrey Garton and Bella LaMere are two of the Stars’ top three scorers and each contributed four points in the win, as Garton recorded two goals and two assists and LaMere scored one goal and added three assists. LaMere assisted on both of Garton’s goals — which isn’t surprising, given the two have played together for several years — as LaMere found her friend’s stick on long, streaking passes that Garton converted to goals.

Despite playing against a team with three wins entering Tuesday’s game, Garton said the Stars’ game plan didn’t change. Breck, seeded No. 6 in Section 5A, made it to Tuesday’s semifinal match-up after a 2-19-1 regular season and upsetting No. 3 Mound Westonka in a 3-2 overtime victory during the section quarterfinal game on Feb. 12.

Holy Angels' Bella LaMere chases a loose puck during the first period of Tuesday night’s Class 1A, Section 5 semifinal game against Breck. LaMere had a goal and three assists in the Stars’ 5-1 victory over the Mustangs. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Holy Angels extended its winning streak to seven games and earned a trip to the Class 1A, Section 5 Championship game after a 5-1 victory against Breck on Tuesday at Richfield Ice Arena. 

Sophomores Audrey Garton and Bella LaMere led the No. 2-seeded Stars with four points each, with Garton recording two goals and two assists and LaMere scoring once and adding three assists. Senior goaltender Celeste Rimstad made nine saves. 

The Mustangs’ Sarah Peterson made 49 saves — her second-highest saves total this season and 10th time this season facing 40 or more saves — as senior Payton Berman scored the Mustangs’ lone goal. 

The Mustangs were the No. 6 seed in the section and after a 2-19-1 regular season, upset No. 3-seeded Mound Westonka last Saturday to make their way to tonight’s contest. 

The Stars move on to the Section Championship game this Thursday against No. 1 seeded Orono, who defeated Delano/Rockford 8-1 earlier on Tuesday.

Breck’s Aiko Sims breaks toward the Holy Angels net on a scoring chance Tuesday evening. The Mustangs fell to the Stars 5-1 in Richfield. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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