JV boys split with Rushmore; Squirt A takes league title with 20-0 record

Courtesy photo: The Rangers went 20-0 in South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association play to claim the Squirt A title. Brookings outscored its opponents a combined 187-13.


BROOKINGS – The Rangers split with rival Rushmore in a matchup of the top two teams in the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association junior varsity standings.

The Thunder are now 14-2 and the Rangers are 13-1-1.

Brookings, which has five games remaining, is host to Brandon Valley on Friday and play at Oahe on Sunday.


 Brookings 3, Rushmore 2

Owen Schneider’s power-play goal with 4:25 remaining lifted the Rangers. Kole Kalber assisted.

Trailing 2-0, Isaac Schulte got Brookings on the board at the 8:03 mark of the second period on an assist from Zach Struck.

Schneider’s unassisted goal 2 1/2 minutes later knotted things up.

Kaden Gutormson made 19 saves for the victory between the pipes.


 Rushmore 3, Brookings 0

Three different Thunder lit the lamp in the third – the first coming 91 seconds into the period – as the visitors managed a weekend split.

Connor Brady posted 14 saves for the shutout in goal.

Gutormson stopped 22 shots.


BROOKINGS – Peyton Triplett found the back of the net 1:40 into overtime as the Rangers overcame a 4-1 deficit to drop Sioux Falls 5-4 on Saturday.

Miyah Foerster assisted on the game-winner.

Jadyn Kuehl scored on a Shauna Pederson assist in the first stanza but Brookings was down 3-1 after a period. The Flyers led 4-1 heading to the third.

Anna Rasmussen started the third-period rally with a goal just 5 seconds in.

Taylor Hokenson added a goal 4 minutes later.

Triplett had the equalizer with 3:14 remaining.

All three goals were unassisted.

Aletha Baker made 22 saves.

Brookings (3-8) closes the regular season at Aberdeen on Sunday, Feb. 28.


BROOKINGS – Second-place Brookings split with Rushmore – handing the Thunder their first league loss of the season – over the weekend after beating Sioux Center on Friday.

The Rangers are now 12-2-1-1.

The Thunder have a 15-1 record.

Brookings closes the regular season hosting Oahe on Saturday and then traveling to Fort Pierre to face the Capitals on Sunday.


 Brookings 4, Sioux Center 0

Brookings goalie Egan Jensen made five saves for the shutout.

Jacob Kahle scored twice to lead the offense.

Jay Harris and Ren Jacobsen both had a goal and an assist.

Carson Odde dished out a pair of dimes as Cooper Deatherage and Chase Karch chipped in with one apiece.


 Brookings 3, Rushmore 2

The Rangers scored twice in the final 4 minutes – Kahle netted the game-winner with 51 seconds left – to lift the home team.

Deatherage lit the lamp on an Aidan Austreim assist in the second to get it going.

Trailing 2-1 in the third, Deatherage found the back of the net with 3:51 to play. Kahle was credited with the assist.

Jensen picked up the victory between the pipes, stopping 21 shots.


 Rushmore 5, Brookings 2

Deatherage and Kahle had goals for the Rangers.

Jacobsen and Riley Linstad picked up assists.

Jensen made 31 saves.


BROOKINGS – The Rangers bounced back from an overtime loss with a decisive victory versus Rushmore.

Brookings (2-8-1-2) concludes the regular season at Oahe on Sunday.


 Rushmore 3, Brookings 2, OT

The Thunder scored 20 seconds into the extra period.

Brookings’ Andrew Hahn and Jack Lee lit the lamp.

Ryder Anderson made 39 saves.


 Brookings 4, Rushmore 1

Waylon Carroll found the back of the net twice for the hosts.

Andrew Sternhagen (assist) and Masen Holen also scored.

Hahn and Koen Beinhorn logged assists.

Nathan Brecher stopped 33 shots between the pipes.


BROOKINGS – The Rangers closed the regular season with an overtime loss and a victory.

Brookings (7-3-2) earned the No. 3 seed in the state tournament, which is Friday through Sunday in Mitchell.


 Sioux Center 3, Brookings 2, OT

The Storm netted the game-winner 3:17 into overtime.

Shauna Pederson and Kinzey Grendler had goals for the Rangers.

Taryn Richter notched an assist.

Rorii Quam had 10 saves.


 Brookings 4, Sioux Falls 3

Anna Rasmussen (14:09) and Grendler (7:35) scored third-period goals to lift the Rangers.

Miyah Foerster and Grendler assisted on the equalizer.

Rasmussen totaled two goals.

Richter had a goal and an assist.

Quam stopped nine shots.


BROOKINGS – The Rangers went 0-3 over the weekend to wrap up the regular season.

Brookings finished with a 4-12 record and is the No. 7 seed in the state tournament, which is Friday through Sunday at Larson Ice Center.


Larson Ice Center, Brookings

[Red Rink unless otherwise noted]



No. 3 Yankton (11-5) vs. No. 6 Aberdeen (5-10-0-1), 1:45 p.m.

No. 2 Rushmore (14-2) vs. No. 7 Brookings (4-12), 3:45 p.m.

No. 4 Sioux Falls 1 (11-5) vs. No. 5 Sioux Center (5-9-1-1), 5:45 p.m. [Blue Rink]

No. 1 Sioux Falls 2 (16-0) vs. No. 8 Brandon Valley (3-12-1), 7:45 p.m. [Blue Rink]


Consolation semifinals

Rushmore/Brookings loser vs. Yankton/Aberdeen loser, noon

Sioux Falls 2/Brandon Valley loser vs. Sioux Falls 1/Sioux Center loser, 2 p.m.


Rushmore/Brookings winner vs. Yankton/Aberdeen winner, 4 p.m.

Sioux Falls 2/Brandon Valley winner vs. Sioux Falls 1/Sioux Center winner, 6 p.m.


Seventh place – 7:30 a.m.

Fifth place – 9:30 a.m.

Third place – noon.

Championship – 2:30 p.m.


 Sioux Center 5, Brookings 2

Bryce Heflin scored twice in the second period for the Rangers.

Matthew Bothe made 22 saves.


 Rushmore 6, Brookings 0

Bothe stopped 30 shots.


 Rushmore 8, Brookings 1

Heflin lit the lamp.

Bothe made 29 saves.


RAPID CITY – The Rangers had another dominant weekend, claiming four wins to cap a 20-0 season and claim the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association Squirt A title.

Brookings outscored its league opponents a combined 187-13 on the year.

The Rangers compete in the Squirt International Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fargo, N.D.


 Brookings 3, Rushmore 1

Tied at 1-all, Un Hyeng Keay and Carter Nielsen logged second-period goals.

Jack Lovseth scored in the first.

Ethan Foerster had an assist.

Jon Drew made 11 saves.

 Brookings 10, Watertown 0

Lovseth (assist) and Maxx Anderson both lit the lamp twice, while Cannon Friedrich notched a playmaker.

Nielsen, Tegan Jensen and Colin Jacobson each had a goal and an assist.

Colt VanMaanen, Weston Diers and Foerster also found the back of the net.

Beau Luvaas added an assist.

Drew stopped six saves for the shutout between the pipes.


 Brookings 6, Oahe 0

Nielsen netted a hat trick and Drew earned the shutout in goal to lead the charge.

Lovseth, Keay and Jensen added goals.

Jacobson and VanMaanen both dealt a pair of assists, as Lovseth and Foerster added one apiece.

 Brookings 16, Brookings 0

Anderson, Lovseth, VanMaanen and Atwood Ahmann each scored twice.

Nielsen, Keay, Luvaas, Jacobson, Friedrich, Jensen, Diers and Foerster also found the back of the net.

Ahmann and Jacobson notched playmakers.

VanMaanen chipped in with a pair of assists and Friedrich, Nielsen, Diers, Lovseth and Anderson contributed one apiece.

Drew made two saves for the shutout.


SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Brookings went 3-1 on its closing weekend of league play.

The Rangers ended up with a 13-5-2 record.


• Brookings 6, Oahe 1

Lorelei Koch and Graham Gerlach both scored twice.

Jasper Pitts (assist) and Jackson Hahn added a goal apiece.

Maxx Vanderbush and Deacon Trumbo logged assists.

Ty Harris made four saves.

 Brookings 6, Sioux Center 1

Khloe Ziegeldorf scored twice, while Koch, Pitts, Vanderbush and Harris also lit the lamp.

Hahn, Trumbo, Landon Schumacher and Blaine Zweber logged assists.

Bob Carrol stopped four shots between the pipes.


 Sioux Falls White 2, Brookings 1

Ziegeldorf scored off a Pitts assist in the first period.

Gerlach made four saves.

 Brookings 8, Sioux Center 1

Jasper Pitts racked up five points for the Rangers, who led 5-0 after a period.

He notched a hat trick and dished out two assists.

Carrol (assist), Brooke Kruse, Kallen Serfling, Gerlach and Hahn also had goals.

Harris earned the win in goal.


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