By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor
Thief River Falls ended the Monticello hockey team’s bid for a trophy at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament last week.
The Moose had a tough draw right from the get-go when they faced No. 1 seed Hermantown in their first round at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, March 7.
The defending Class A state Champions skated their way to a 4-2 win to drop Monticello to the consolation bracket where they faced Thief River Falls at the 3M Arena at Mariucci at the U of M. The Moose fell 3-0 to the Prowlers who went on to beat Mankato East/Loyola for third place.
Monticello’s Matt Miller had the only two goals of the tournament against the Hawks who last year beat the Moose in the state title game 4-3 in double overtime.
Hermantown had already gained a three-goal lead by the early minutes of the second period when Miller scored on an even strength goal with assists by Maple Lake sophomore Jeff Henrickson and Jake Friede. Miller scored the Moose’s second goal at 5:39 of the second period to close the Hermantown lead to 3-2.
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