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Brookings wins Bantam A championship

Rangers Bantam A wins state championship in Pierre

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Tournament time continues for the Brookings Rangers as the Bantam A team captured the program’s second state championship while other levels came down the stretch in this week’s Ranger Roundup.

BANTAM A
PIERRE – The Rangers won the Bantam A State Tournament, winning the title as the tournament’s top seed.

Brookings earned the title with wins over Huron, Oahe and Rushmore and finished the season with a record of 19-0-0-0.

Brookings 14, Huron 0
The top-seeded Rangers blanked the All-Stars for their first win of the tournament on Friday night.

Carson Kludt had four goals and two assists while Mason Diers had a five-point game with two goals and three assists. Jason Ready had two goals and a pair of assists while Mauer Bartley and Maxten Jensen each had two goals and an assist.
Cade Zweber and Cannon Friedrich each scored a goal and Nolan Krogaman, Isaac Andal and Andrew Haufschild each had an assist in the win.

Neil Trygstad made three saves for the shutout as the Rangers out-shot the All-Stars 49-3.

Brookings converted all three power play opportunities while Huron did not have a power play in the game.

Brookings 4, Oahe 0
The Rangers advanced to the championship game with a win over fifth-seeded Oahe on Saturday evening.

Both teams skated through a scoreless first period before Bartley put the Rangers on the board with an assist from Ready at 5:48 of the second period. Jensen doubled the lead with an assist from Diers at 11:34 of the second period before Krogman put the Rangers up 3-0 with an assist from Bartley 53 seconds into the third period.

Ready scored the final goal with assists from Bartley and Atwood Ahmann at 11:05 of the third period.

Trygstad made five saves in the win as the Rangers out-shot the Capitals 35-5. Neither team had a power play in the game.

Brookings 4, Rushmore 1

The Rangers captured the state title by defeating the second-seeded Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

Jensen opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 6:27 of the first period before Jack Lovseth gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with assists from Diers and Jensen at 10:34. Cayden Brozik cut the lead to 2-1 with his goal from Landyn Porier at 12:58 of the first period but Jensen made it a two-goal game with an assist from Diers at 2:25 of the second period.

Lovseth scored his second goal of the game unassisted to put the game away at 7:54 of the third period.

Trygstad made 16 saves in the win while the Rangers out-shot the Thunder 30-17. Brookings went 1-for-2 on the power play while Rushmore went 0-for-1 with the man advantage.

BOYS JV
The Rangers picked up a pair of wins this week, defeating Oahe on Friday afternoon and Brandon Valley on Saturday.

The Rangers finished with an 11-5-1-1 record and with the fourth seed in the SDAHA State Tournament. Brookings will open the tournament against fifth-seeded Aberdeen at the Odde Ice Arena on Friday at 5 p.m.

Brookings 5, Oahe 3
BROOKINGS – The Rangers pulled away late to defeat the Capitals at the First Bank & Trust Rink in the Larson Ice Center on Friday afternoon.

Waylon Carroll opened the scoring with his goal from Caleb Johnson and Parker Nielsen at 1:57 of the first period before the Capitals took the lead with Ayden Behm’s goal at 10:18 and Alex McIntire’s goal from Rile Pfeifer at 12:16.

Cody Jacobson tied the game from Carroll at 14:29 of the first period and Cooper Schneider gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead with an assist from Andrew Hahn at 1:27 of the second period.
Nielsen put the Rangers up 4-2 with a power play goal from Jacobson and Johnson at 12:40 of the third period. McIntire cut into the lead with his second goal of the game from Camron Lee at 14:52 but Hahn scored the final goal from Carroll at 15:48 to seal the win.

Matthew Both started for the Rangers and made 20 saves while Brookings out-shot Oahe 27-23. The Rangers went 1-for-3 on the power play while Oahe did not convert their lone power play.

Brookings 3, Brandon Valley 2
BRANDON – The Rangers used a pair of second-period goals to beat the Ice Cats at the Brandon Ice Skating Association Rink on Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless first period, Ayden Petty put the Rangers on the board with assists from Connor Hembree and Gavin Loy at 4:47 of the second period and Mavrick Bortnem scored an unassisted goal to put the Rangers up 2-0 at 8:21.

Gavin Stone’s unassisted goal at 11:19 of the second period made it a 2-1 game at the second intermission but Hahn’s power play goal from Jacobson and Carroll at 10:28 of the third period gave the Rangers the offense they needed to pick up the win.
Stone scored his second goal of the game unassisted to cap the scoring at 12:30 of the third period.

Ryder Anderson made 17 saves for the Rangers, who out-shot the Ice Cats 39-19. Brookings went 1-for-2 on the power play while Brandon Valley did not have a power play in the game.

BANTAM B
RAPID CITY – The Rangers were the runner-up in the Bantam B state tournament, defeating Aberdeen on Saturday night but falling to Rushmore in the state title game on Sunday.
The Rangers finished the season with a record of 12-1-0-1.

Brookings 8, Aberdeen 2
The top-seeded Rangers made quick work of the Cougars, scoring two goals in the first period and three times in the second and third periods to advance to the state title game.
Colt Vanmaanen scored twice and dished out an assist in the win while Grant Horn and Colin Jacobson each had a goal and two assists. Ty Harris, Landon Schumacher and Thatcher Haselhorst each scored in the win while Maxx Andreson and Carter Nielsen each had an assist.

Jon Drew started and made nine saves for the Rangers. Brookings out-shot Aberdeen 46-11 and went 5-for-10 on the power play. Aberdeen went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

Rushmore 3, Brookings 2
The Rangers suffered their first regulation loss of the season in the state title game against Rushmore on Sunday afternoon.
Lucas Hovelson gave the Rangers an early lead with an assist from Harris at 4:12 of the first period but Jack Hendrickson tied the game with an assist by Jaden McGuire 10 seconds into the second period.

Nicholas Woods broke the tie for Rushmore with his goal from Carter Gregory at 3:02 of the third period and Gregory scored from Hendrickson at 5:17 of the third period to give the Thunder a 3-1 lead.

Hovey made it a 3-2 game with his goal from Vanmaanen at 13:12 of the third period but the Rangers ran out of time as Rushmore claimed the state title.

Drew made 20 saves for Brookings. The Thunder out-shot the Rangers 23-18. Brookings went 0-for-5 on the power play while Rushmore went 0-for-1.