Breck forward Sadie Lindsay (8) celebrated with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Warroad on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center, ANTHONY SOUFFLE • firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Breck’s seventh-grade goaltender Uma Corniea and there’s one thing that stands out, other than her netminding skills.
“She’s always smiling,” Breck coach Ronda Engelhardt said.
By Saturday evening, the goaltender had plenty of reasons to smile. She helped lead the No. 2-seeded Mustangs (19-10-1) to a 3-2 overtime victory over top-seeded Warroad to win the Class 1A championship at Xcel Energy Center.
Warroad (24-4-2) tied the game with 27 seconds left in regulation before Breck freshman Sadie Lindsay promptly scored just eight seconds into overtime.
Breck goaltender Uma Corniea got tangled up with Warroad forward Abbey Hardwick (10) as Breck forward Ashley Halverson (13) looked to clear the puck in the second period. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • email@example.com
Breck is the Class 1A state champion once again.
After a swing of momentum changes in the final minutes, the Mustangs defeated top-seeded Warroad 3-2 with a goal just eight seconds into overtime.
Freshman Sadie Lindsay scored the winning goal for Breck (19-10-1) after Warroad tied the game with 27 seconds left in the third period to force overtime in the game Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
Breck’s Olivia Mobley scored the first two goals for the Mustangs, including the go-ahead goal with two minutes, 30 seconds left in the third period.
It’s Breck’s first state title since they won in 2012. The Mustangs finished as a runner-up in 2008 and to Warroad in 2010.
Seventh-grader Uma Corniea made 25 saves for Breck. Warroad’s first goal in the third period ended her shutout streak of 182:46, spanning four games including the state semifinal. Kaitly Kotlowski and Marlie Johnston scored for Warroad.
For Warroad (24-4-2), it was their fourth runner-up finish in nine state tournament trips since 2006. The Warriors won back-to-back Class 1A titles in 2010 (defeating Breck 3-1) and 2011.
Earlier this season, the host Warriors defeated Breck by a 4-2 score on Nov. 24. Corniea made 18 saves in defeat.
Check back later for more on the championship game.