Senior Seth Reicks (#16) tries to take a tie-breaking shot on goal

Senior Seth Reicks (#16) tries to take a tie-breaking shot on goal but misses in the third period of the section playoffs last Tuesday, March 16, in Le Sueur. La Crescent-Hokah delivered an upset victory as they went on to win 3-1. (Photo by Rachel Miller)

The Bulldogs boys hockey team suffered a disappointing end to its season last Tuesday, March 16, when La Crescent-Hokah pulled out an upset victory and beat the Bulldogs on its home ice, 3-1.

Prior to last Tuesday’s playoff game, the Bulldogs were 9-4 on the season and had previously beaten La Crescent-Hokah 6-1 earlier in the season, while La Crescent-Hokah had a 4-13 record.

But a team is only as good as its last game, and La Crescent-Hokah jumped out to take an early lead, scoring its first goal 3:29 into the first period and netting a second at the 7:45 mark to take a 2-0 lead.

Both teams continued to attack the net in the second period, but a scoreless period ensued.

There was hope of turning things around in the third, when senior Logan Throldahl, with an assist from Tyler Erickson, lit the lamp just 1:53 into the period. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs struggled with finding a second goal to tie things up.

With roughly 75 seconds left in the game, Coach Shea Roehrkasse decided to pull starting goalie Logan Moe in the hopes that a sixth skater could even the score and keep them alive.

Unfortunately, the strategy did not pan out, and La Crescent-Hokah managed to score on an empty net and pull ahead 3-1 with four seconds left in the game, destroying any hope for a comeback.

La Crescent-Hokah did outshoot the Bulldogs, 38-32, with Moe saving 36 shots on goal.


Following last Tuesday’s defeat over the Bulldogs, La Crescent-Hokah went on to defeat Mankato East/Loyola 3-1 in the quarterfinals. With that victory, they played Mankato West in the semifinals and lost 9-2.

Mankato West and Dodge County will be playing in the Section 1A Championship on Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

The boys state hockey tournament is scheduled for March 30-31 and April 2-3.

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