WATERTOWN – The second-seeded Rangers went 1-2 over the weekend at the State Junior Varsity Tournament to finish fourth.
Brookings beat No. 7 Yankton, 9-3, on Friday, before dropping a 4-1 decision to sixth-seeded Huron in Saturday’s semifinals. In the third-place game, the Rangers fell 5-2 to top seeded Sioux Falls 1 as fifth-seeded Sioux Falls 2 beat Huron, 4-3, for the title.
• Brookings 9, Yankton 3
The Rangers led 3-0 after a period; built their lead to 7-2 through two with four goals in the second; and then tacked on two goals in the third to the Bucks’ one for the final margin.
Jackson Law lit the lamp with an unassisted tally less than 2 minutes into the game before Trevor Pederson found the back of the net with another unassisted goal midway through the period. Kane Kurtenbach netted the puck off a Trevor Berreth assist for the 3-0 lead.
Carter Merritt and Berreth scored back-to-back goals to give Brookings a five-goal edge as Noah Ronning and Kurtenbach picked up the respective helpers. Yankton notched two goals in a 24-second span to make it 5-2, but the Rangers answered as Kurtenbach scored off a Jordan Svobodny setup and then, Luc Bouchard lit the lamp with the assists going to Berreth and Noah Drew.
Kobe Hai netted the puck 23 seconds into the third off Berreth’s playmaker assist before Merritt tallied an unassisted goal. The Bucks scored late for the final margin as Brookings held a 27-15 edge in shots with Kaden Gutormson stopping 12 Buck attempts for the win in goal.
• Huron 4, Brookings 1
The All Stars led 1-0 after a period before Bouchard netted an unassisted goal midway through the second to tie the game at 1-1.
But Huron scored three unanswered goals, including two in the final minute of the frame, to lead 4-1 through two and that was the final after a scoreless third.
Brookings outshot the All Stars, 27-16, as Gutormson finished with 12 saves in the loss.
• Sioux Falls I 5, Brookings 2
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead when Pederson scored less than 2 minutes into the game off a Merritt helper. But the Flyers netted two goals for a 2-1 lead after one.
Sioux Falls sandwiched a pair of goals around Nick Jonas’ power-play tally off a Law assist for a 4-2 advantage through two.
The Flyers added an insurance goal in the third for the final margin as they held a 30-21 edge in shots, with Gutormson coming up with 25 saves in the loss.