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Brookings Rangers win twice, earn regular season title in final weekend

Team clinches first SDAHA regular season title since 2019-20 season

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The Brookings Rangers completed the regular season with a pair of wins and capped off their first regular season title since the 2020-21 season, defeating Oahe 4-1 at the First Bank & Trust Rink at the Larson Ice Center on Friday night and defeating Brandon Valley 12-1 at the Brandon Ice Skating Association Rink on Saturday night.

The Rangers finished the regular season with a record of 21-1-0-0 and will be the top seed in the SDAHA Boys State Tournament which will begin at the Larson Ice Center on March 8.

Brookings 4, Oahe 1

BROOKINGS — The Capitals got on the board first with an unassisted goal by Dylan Dodson at 5:11 of the first period but the Rangers rallied for four unanswered goals beginning with Jay Harris’s power play goal from Luke Honkomp and Jackson Heller at 14:00.

Riley Linstad netted the second power play goal of the night for the Rangers from Owen Schneider and Harris at 14:18 of the second period.

Schneider scored the first of two goals for the Rangers in the third period from Talon Hyde and Ren Jacobsen at 1:33 and Law capped the scoring with a goal from Jack Merritt at 16:30.

Addison Ronning made 12 saves for the win and the Rangers out-shot the Capitals 35-13. Brookings went 2-of-3 on the power play while Oahe went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

 Brookings 12, Brandon Valley 1

BRANDON — The Rangers erupted for seven goals in the first period on the way to a 12-1 victory over the Ice Cats on Saturday night.

Honkomp led the way with a goal and five assists while Jacobsen had a four-point game with a goal and three assists. Schneider had a goal and two assists while Law had three assists.

David Brink and Harris each scored twice while Hyde and Merritt each had a goal and an assist. Heller, Linstad and Tre Christopherson all scored in the win while Chase Karch had an assist.

Egan Jensen had eight saves as the Rangers out-shot the Ice Cats 58-9. Brookings went 4-for-7 on the power play while Brandon Valley went 0-for-1.