Junior Varsity Boys win three league games; Bantam A goes 2-1


The Rangers went 3-0 over the weekend with league wins over Huron (8-1), Sioux Center (7-3) and Aberdeen (5-1) to move into fourth place in the SDAHA standings with 11 points courtesy of a 5-1-0-1 mark.

• Brookings 8, Huron 1

The Rangers dominated play with a 46-16 edge in shots as they sandwiched a pair of goals in both the first and third period around a four-goal second in the 8-1 win.

Carter Merritt opened the scoring off an assist from Noah Drew before Trevor Pederson notched an unassisted goal.

Leading 2-1 after one, Trevor Berreth pushed the Rangers’ advantage to 3-1 with an unassisted tally, and then, Nick Jonas sandwiched two goals around another Pederson score to make it 6-1 through two. Dylan Park set up Jonas’ first goal and Jackson Law assisted on the second as Jor-dan Svobodny helped on Pederson’s tally.

In the third period, Merritt notched his second goal off a Luc Bouchard set up before Noah Ron-ning provided for the final margin off another Bouchard setup.

Kaden Gutormson collected 15 saves in the win.

• Brookings 7, Sioux Center 3

The Rangers led 2-0 after the first; pushed their edge to 5-1 through two; and then, skated even with the Storm in the third for the 7-3 win.

Wes Koenig’s unassisted tally got Brookings on the board before Pederson lit the lamp off an assist from Jamison Honkomp.

In the second, Honkomp scored off assists by Kane Kurtenbach and Koenig before Merritt net-ted the puck off a Jonas setup. Honkomp made it 5-1 with another unassisted tally heading into the third.

Berreth lit the lamp off assists from Ronning and Pederson, and then, Bouchard tallied an un-assisted goal inside of a minute to play for the four-goal win.

Gutormson collected 16 saves in the win as the Rangers held a 32-19 advantage in shots.

• Brookings 5, Aberdeen 1

After a scoreless first, Jonas opened the second-period scoring with a goal off a setup from Noah Drew. Bouchard notched an unassisted goal before Pederson lit the lamp off assists from Park and Svobodny.

Leading 3-1 entering the final period, Merritt scored off a Bouchard helper, and then, Kurten-bach tallied an unassisted goal for the final.

Gutormson stopped 11 shots as the Rangers outshot Aberdeen, 45-12.


The Rangers dropped a pair of league games – 3-2 to Aberdeen and 3-1 to Sioux Falls – but still lead the SDAHA standings with 14 points with a 7-5 record.

• Aberdeen 3, Brookings 2

Trailing 1-0 after one, Taryn Richter’s goal off a Savannah Barber assist tied the game just 3 minutes into the second period before Aberdeen added a pair of goals for a 3-1 advantage through two.

Barber netted an unassisted goal late in the third period for the final margin.

The Rangers held a 20-13 edge in shots as Heidi Merriman finished with 10 saves in the loss.

• Sioux Falls 3, Brookings 1

The Flyers led 1-0 after a period before McKenna Geraets tied the game midway through the second off assists from Jenna Schulte and Addie Ramlo.

But Sioux Falls responded with two second-period goals to make it 3-1 despite the Rangers holding a 34-15 advantage in shots.

Merriman stopped 12 Sioux Falls attempts in the loss.


The Bantam A Rangers went 2-1 over the weekend with league wins over Watertown (8-0) and Sioux Center (7-2) before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Sioux Falls 2.

Brookings is second in the SDAHA standings with 17 points, courtesy of a 8-0-0-1 mark.

• Brookings 8, Watertown 0

Brody Powers scored twice in the first period – the first set up by Miles Merhib and the second unassisted – for a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Isaac Schulte made it 3-0 with an unassisted tally to open the second before Zach Struck scored a power-play goal off assists from Merhib and Joseph Wu. Breck Hirrschoff’s goal off a Powers’ assist sent the Rangers into the second intermission with a 5-0 cushion.

Hirrschoff scored again early in the third as Powers picked up another assist, and then, Jack Merritt scored twice – the first unassisted and the second set up by Powers – for the final score.

Kade Brecher stopped all 10 shots that he faced as Brookings outshot the Lakers, 42-10.

• Brookings 7, Sioux Center 2

The Rangers led 3-0 after a period as Merritt, Powers and Struck lit the lamp. Powers and Isaac Dobesh set up Merritt; Powers’ was unassisted; and Schulte helped Struck.

Sioux Center opened the second with a goal before Merritt and Hirrschoff each lit the lamp for a 5-1 edge through two. Hirrschoff helped on Merritt’s goal while Powers set up Hirrschoff.

Brookings sandwiched two goals around a Storm score as Schulte and Powers found the back of the net for the 7-2 win. Hirrschoff and Struck picked up the first assist before Hirrschoff helped on Powers’ goal.

Brecher netted 24 saves as the Rangers outshot the Storm, 39-24.

• Sioux Falls (2) 2, Brookings 1

After a scoreless first, the Flyers got on the scoreboard in the second for the early 1-0 lead.

Merritt scored inside of 5 minutes to play to force overtime.

With less than 3 minutes remaining in OT, Sioux Falls cashed in off Jack Sievert’s gamble as Carson Clark and Nathan Renken helped out.

Brookings held a 20-16 edge in shots as Brecher finished with 14 saves in the win.


The Rangers dropped two games to Sioux Falls B – 3-0 and 4-0 – to fall to fifth in the SDAHA standings with a 1-5 mark.

• Sioux Falls 3, Brookings 0

The Flyers held a 36-14 advantage in shots as they scored once in the second and twice in the third.

Addison Ronning finished with 33 saves in the loss.

• Sioux Falls 4, Brookings 0

The Flyers scored two goals in both the second and third periods in the shutout win as they doubled up the Rangers in shots, 22-11.

Ronning netted 18 saves in the loss.


The PeeWee A Rangers won twice over the weekend – 3-2 over Sioux Falls and 7-1 over Water-town – to improve to 8-2 and tied for first in the SDAHA standings.

• Brookings 3, Sioux Falls 2

Jacob Peterson scored off an Owen Schneider assist before Riley Linstad lit the lamp with the helper going to Cooper Deatherage as the score was even at 2-2 after one.

Peterson scored the game winner midway through the second as Schneider and Luke Honkomp earned the assists.

Sioux Falls held a 24-13 edge in shots as Egan Jensen came up with 22 stops in the win.

• Brookings 7, Watertown 1

Honkomp tallied an unassisted goal in the first as the Rangers led 1-0 after one.

Brookings pushed its lead to 6-0 with five second-period goals as Schneider started the surge off a Peterson assist before Peterson lit the lamp from Honkomp’s helper. Deatherage netted the puck off a Jacob Kahle assist and then, Kahle scored twice – the first off assists from Lin-stad and Honkomp and the second off a Schneider setup. Cody Jacobson scored off another Schneider assist as Brookings led 7-1 through two.

Jensen stopped 10 Laker shots for the win in goal as the Rangers outshot Watertown, 50-11.


The Rangers went 0-3 over the weekend with a loss to Aberdeen (6-0) and two losses to Sioux Falls (10-1) and (7-2).

• Aberdeen 6, Brookings 0

The Cougars scored twice in each period for the shutout win.

Aberdeen outshot the Rangers, 34-3, as Rorri Quam finished with 28 saves in the loss.

• Sioux Falls 10, Brookings 1

The Flyers led 6-0 after a period before Taryn Richter scored off a Julissa Peterson assist to open the second.

Sioux Falls added two goals in the second and tacked on two in the third for the final margin as the Flyers held a 27-5 edge in shots, with Quam notching 17 saves.

• Sioux Falls 7, Brookings 2

The Flyers scored three times in the first period and then traded goals with the Rangers in the second for a 5-2 lead through two.

In the second period, Kiran Vugteveen lit the lamp with an unassisted tally before Taylor Hokenson notched an unassisted goal.

Sioux Falls tacked on two third-period goals for the final margin.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers, 35-14, as Heidi Merriman finished with 28 saves in the loss.


The PeeWee C Rangers split a pair of league games over the weekend, beating Sioux Center 7-3 before losing 5-1 to Sioux Falls White.

• Brookings 7, Sioux Center 3

The Rangers led 3-2 after a period and then put the game away with four goals in the second.

In the first, Haidin Heesch sandwiched a pair of goals around a Keygan Peterson tally as Cam-eron Rolli, Rhys Heiberger and Peterson earned assists.

Heesch opened the second with an unassisted goal before Derrick Eischens, Andrew Hahn and Heiberger all lit the lamp with unassisted goals.

Ryder Anderson earned the win in goal.

• S.F. White 5, Brookings 1

White scored single goals in the first and second periods before adding three in the third while Heiberger netted the puck with an unassisted goal in the third for the Rangers’ only score.

Nathan Brecher suffered the loss in goal.


The Squirt B Minor Rangers beat Brandon Valley, 4-2, and then tied, 3-3, with Watertown.

• Brookings 4, Brandon Valley 2

The Rangers built a 3-0 lead after a period as Max Jensen tallied an unassisted goal; Mauer Bartley lit the lamp off a Jensen assist; and then, Cade Zweber notched another unassisted goal.

Jeremiah Hovey scored the only goal of the second period off a Jensen setup before Brandon Valley tallied a pair of third-period goals for the final margin.

Neil Trygstad finished with 10 saves in the win.

• Brookings 3, Watertown 3

Despite being outshot, 21-13, the Rangers managed to skate to a 3-3 tie with the Lakers.

After a scoreless first period, Mason Diers tallied an unassisted goal in the second before Eli Merhib and Bartley scored unassisted goals in the third.

Isaac Andal notched 19 saves in the tie.


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