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Class 1A, Section 5 final: Orono defeats Holy Angels

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 02/17/22, 5:00PM CST

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The Spartans took a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game, and the Stars never recovered.

Alexa Niccum (25) scores her second goal of the game to give Orono a 5-1 lead in the third period. The Spartans advance to the Class 1A State Championships at the Xcel Energy Center. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Alexa Niccum (25) scores her second goal of the game giving Orono a 5-1 lead in the third period. The Spartans advance to next weeks Class 1A State Championships at the Xcel Energy Center. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Third time’s the charm for the Orono Spartans.

After finishing as the Class 1A, Section 5 runner-up the past two seasons, Orono girls’ hockey celebrated its first section championship with a 5-1 victory over Academy of Holy Angels on Thursday at Orono Township Ice Arena.

“For me, it’s surreal,” said Orono senior Iyla Ryskamp, who bumped her season points total to 83 on Thursday. “This is my fourth section final, and it’s crazy to come out on the other side.

Iyla Ryskamp (6) pulls the puck around defender Berit Loichle (22). Ryskamp tallied a goal and two assists on Thursday night. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Iyla Ryskamp (6) pulls the puck around defender Berit Loichle (22). Ryskamp tallied a goal and two assists on Thursday night, helping Orono to their first section title. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

First Report

Third time’s the charm for the Orono Spartans.

After finishing as the Class 1A, Section 5 runner-up the past two seasons, Orono girls’ hockey celebrated its first section championship with a 5-1 victory over Academy of Holy Angels on Thursday at Orono Township Ice Arena.

Orono took a 2-0 lead within a one minute, thirteen second span early in the first period on goals from sophomore Alexa Niccum and Ms. Hockey semifinalist Iyla Ryskamp. Orono went up 3-0 in the second period before the Stars got on the board with a power-play goal.

Niccum scored her second goal of the game for the 5-1 lead in the third period.  

In goal, Orono junior Celia Dahl made 18 saves while Holy Angels senior Celeste Rimstad stopped 30 shots. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Stars (22-5-1); their last loss also coming against Orono (24-3-0), a 6-4 decision on Jan. 20. Orono also swept the season series against the Stars, winning all three meetings between the Metro West Conference foes.  

The past two seasons, Orono was a No. 3-seed in the section tournament, losing 6-2 to eventual state champion Breck in 2020 and then falling 3-2 in overtime last year to Chisago Lakes. This will be its first state tournament appearance. 

Academy of Holy Angels goaltender Celeste Rimstad stretches to cover the puck at the top of the crease. Rimstad stopped 30 shots in the Class 1A, Section 5 final. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Academy of Holy Angels goaltender Celeste Rimstad stretches to cover the puck at the top of the crease. Rimstad stopped 30 shots in the Class 1A, Section 5 final. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

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