Rangers post 1-0-0-1 weekend

Andrew Holtan/Register: Brookings’ Ashton Witte shoots the puck during the first period of the Rangers’ 5-2 defeat of Sioux Falls 1 on Friday at Larson Ice Center.

The Rangers beat Sioux Falls (1) 5-2 on Friday night at Larson Ice Center before falling 2-1 in overtime to Oahe on Sunday at the Expo Center.

The Capitals are 15-0-0-1 – their lone loss a 2-1 OT setback to the Rangers on Jan. 31 in Brookings.

Brookings (15-1-0-1) closes out the regular season with a trio of home games, taking on Sioux Falls 2 on Friday at 8 p.m., Watertown on Saturday at 7 and Sioux Center on Sunday at 1:45.


 Oahe 2, Brookings 1, OT

FORT PIERRE – The Capitals’ Keenan Howard netted the game-winner on an assist from Elliot Leif.

Brookings’ Max Kjelden scored with 3:46 left in the second. Talon Richter and Zach Struck assisted.

Leif’s short-handed goal pulled Oahe even 2 minutes later.

Kieran Duffy made 25 saves to earn the win in goal.

Kade Brecher stopped 13 shots for the Rangers.


 Brookings 5, Sioux Falls (1) 2

BROOKINGS – Max Kjelden and Logan Bortnem helped the Rangers build a 3-0 lead en route to the victory.

Kjelden’s unassisted tally 3:43 into the first got it going.

He scored on assists from Bortnem and Trenton Pederson midway through the second.

Bortnem took advantage of a power play less than a minute into the third, finding the back of the net to push the margin to 3-0.

The Flyers made things interesting after that as Jacob Olson scored with 9:04 left and Emmet Hansen lit the lamp with 5:47 remaining. Assists went to Hansen, Nick Gromer and Thomas Clinton.

Bortnem scored again with 42 seconds left to seal the victory.

Ashton Witte added a goal with a second left – the assist went to Alec Rice.

Kade Brecher made 20 saves for the win between the pipes.

Sioux Falls’ Jackson Brunick stopped 23 shots.


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