Overtime games seem to have become rather common at the girls state hockey tournament in recent years. Mounds View got in on the act twice at the state tournament last weekend.
The Mustangs went 1-1 in overtime games in the state tournament and ended up in sixth place when all was said and done.
Mounds View opened the tournament on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul and found itself in a marathon three-overtime game against Lakeville North. The Mustangs came out on the short end of things in that game, losing 3-2 on a goal 59 seconds into the third extra session.
About 13 hours later, Mounds View took the ice at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis and played two overtimes against Roseau. Bailey Thompson scored the game-winning goal 11:18 into the second OT.
The victory sent Mounds View to the consolation championship game on Saturday at Ridder and that game appeared headed to extra time before Andover scored in the final two minutes to claim a 1-0 victory.
The sixth-place finish matches what Mounds View did two years ago at state. That year, the Mustangs lost in the quarterfinals to Edina, beat Grand Rapids/Greenway in the consolation semifinals and fell to Roseau in the consolation championship game.
Senior Bella Sutton closed out her prep hockey career with a four-point tournament, a spot on the all-tournament team and was the recipient of the Herb Brooks Award for Class AA. She scored two goals and added a pair of assists in the three games.
Sophomore Sydney Brodt did not score a goal in the tournament but was second on the team in points with three assists. Thompson finished the weekend with a pair of goals, as did Cristi Oliver. Also picking up points at the tournament were Emmy Michaelson, Kristen Cash and Sara Moen, who all had single assists.
Junior goaltender Mary Dingman gave up six goals while making 51 saves in two games.
Paige Kittleson picked up the victory over Roseau in relief of Dingman. Kittleson made 14 saves in 36 minutes against the Rams and stopped 28 shots against Andover.
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Class AA girls state hockey tournament