Dallas, TX – South Dakota’s team of 14-and-under hockey players continued their winning streak in the final qualifying game of the 2021 national hockey tournament, defeating the Ashburn Virginia Xtreme, 6-1. Six different players scored goals in the game.
Team South Dakota (Team SD) is now 3-0 at nationals, and will enter the quarterfinal round as the tournament’s top seed. Head Coach Brian Prisbe…
For its third consecutive game, Team South Dakota (Team SD) scored first. Just 89 seconds into the first period, North Sioux City forward Grant Harder dished to Pierre forward Carter Sanderson, who flipped the puck over the Ashburn goalie’s shoulder to put Team SD up 1-0. Sanderson on the goal…
An unassisted follow-up goal by Aberdeen forward Carson Myhre just 90 seconds later put Team SD up 2-0 less than three minutes into the game.
Back-to-back penalties by Team SD left them shorthanded midway through the first, and Ashburn capitalized on the 5 on 3 advantage with a goal to close the gap, 2-1.
But Mitchell forward Parker Denne knocked home a goal on an assist from Tea forward Nathan Renken two minutes later, followed by another from Aberdeen forward Brady Huff, assisted by his hometown teammate, Myhre. Team SD finished the first period with a 4-1 lead.
They kept the momentum rolling into the second period, as Watertown forward Austin McBride rocketed a shot from the blue line that slid in the goalie’s five-hole, to give Team SD a comfortable 5-1 lead.
Throughout the second, Team SD played solid defense, with Brandon defenseman Shane Bolcerek and Sioux Falls defenseman Carson Edwards logging key minutes. The team also saw great play from Aberdeen goalie Carson Hundstad, who had 19 saves on 20 shots.
In the third, Team SD scored early on a goal by Brandon forward Keaton Hruby. That goal extended the lead to five, and Team SD shut out Ashburn the rest of the way to win the game. Hruby…
Brookings forward Cooper Deatherage talked about the team’s philosophy throughout the tournament.
No. 1 seed Team SD will face the No. 8 seed in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning, May 2 at 11:15. If Team SD wins they will play at 6:15 in the semifinals