For the second time in four years, Rochester Youth Hockey’s 16U team is heading to the championship game, topping Little Caesars in a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory in the semifinals of the 2022 Chipotle-USA Hockey Tier I Girls 16U National Championship.
Selects’ Greta Brezenski converted a neutral-zone turnover and tapped in the game-winning shot less than two minutes into overtime to send the team to Championship Monday.
The teams opened the game in a defensive battle, remaining scoreless through the first. Rochester outshot Little Caesars 10-3.
Little Caesars opened a 2-0 lead midway through the second tallying two goals in 20 seconds. Crosby Wildfong took an Ellie Muscedere pass for a power play goal at 9:16, before another power play led to a Patricia Piku rifle at 8:54.
Selects cut the lead in half early into the second. Finley McCarthy found Lucia Digirolamo at 15:57 to make the score 2-1.
With two minutes remaining in the third Little Caesars was awarded a penalty shot, but failed to convert as Michaela Hesova made the save.
Rochester used a late surge in the third to tie the game at two. Morgan Walton blasted a short-handed goal past the Little Caesars netminder to send the game to an extra period.
Little Caesars opened overtime on the power play, but it was RYH Selects that found the net for the win. Brezenski converted a neutral-zone turnover and tapped in the game-winning shot to send Selects to Championship Monday.
Rochester outshot Little Caesars, 28-19, in the winning effort.
For the first time since 2016, MN Grey are back to Championship Monday after defeating Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 3-2, in overtime of the semifinals.
The two teams kept an even ice during the first period, remaining scoreless through one.
Minnesota struck first, less than two minutes into the second, as Kendra Distad took a pass from Elly Klepinger to make it 1-0 on a power play goal. Distad then took an interference penalty a few minutes later, but being a skater down didn’t stop the Grey, as Laine Devries posted a short-handed goal at 10:10 to extend Minnesota’s lead to 2-0. Josie St. Martin recorded the assist on the shorty.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s stormed back, tying the game in the third. Hannah Fetterolf recorded the first Shattuck tally at 11:06, before Jordan Petrie tied the game off a power play feed from Sophie Morrow with 6:01 in the third. The teams traded strong chances to win the game late in the third, but ultimately sent the game to overtime.
Minnesota’s Grace Sadura put a rebound in off a strong shot from the point to take the victory 2:47 into overtime.
Grey outshot Shattuck, 43-27 in the winning effort.