HURON — The Huron All-Stars earned their second win of the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament with a 9-4 victory against the Aberdeen Cougars on Sunday at Bergman Arena.
The win helped the All-Stars secure a second-place finish in the six-team event.
Brookings finished undefeated at 3-0 to claim the 2017 Rooster Cup title. Using a tiebreaker of total goals scored, Huron went 2-1 to claim the second spot, while the Neepawa Tigers of Canada were third, also with a 2-1 record.
The All-Stars scored seven of the first eight goals en route to the victory on Sunday.
Carson Duba opened the scoring with an unassisted goal for Huron. Jackson Hook capitalized on a power play to make it 2-0, scoring on a pass from Rei Hoops with 5:46 to play in the opening period.
Aberdeen narrowed its deficit to one with its first goal of the game by Trey Wagemann on a pass from Tommy Chandler.
A mere 37 seconds after the goal by the Cougars, Duba found the net on an unassisted shot to boost the lead to 3-1 for the All-Stars, where it stayed for the remainder of the first period.
Less than a minute into the second period, Walker Schiltz added to Huron’s lead, scoring on a pass from Spencer Busch. The duo then repeated the feat just two minutes later during a short-handed situation to give the All-Stars a 5-1 advantage.
Xavier Erickson would score the third goal of the period for Huron on a pass from Schiltz during a power play.
Schiltz then earned the hat trick with his third goal of the period for the All-Stars on a pass from Erickson to make it 7-1.
Erickson would score a pair of goals in the final period to also earn a hat trick for Huron. The first was unassisted, while the second was of the short-handed variety with Schiltz and Andrew Hansen combining on the assist.
Aberdeen would have three goals in the final period, as well. Jake Walth scored the first two, with Kael Campbell having the final one. Recording assists were Chandler, Matt Dohman and Elias Altman.
Marty Boetel recorded 20 saves, including 12 in the third period, to earn the win in the net for the All-Stars.
Huron had 33 shots in the game, with Aberdeen goalie Matt Feiock stopping 24.
The All-Stars are now off until they open league play against Aberdeen at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 in Aberdeen.
Neepawa 6, Mayport 1
HURON — The Neepawa Tigers scored five of its six goals in the third period to collect a 6-1 victory against the Mayport Ice Dawgs on Sunday to close the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament at Bergman Arena.
Both teams scored their opening goals in the first period.
Neepawa took the lead with a goal by Lewis Rhys, assisted by Brady McLeod and Tysne Stanski.
Just over a minute later, the Ice Dawgs evened the score with an unassisted goal by Seth Germundson.
The game then went scoreless until the third period, while Tanner Mann scored to give Neepawa the lead. Assisting on the play were Hayden Whelpton and Owen Wiebe.
Cody Lamb and Ben Rainka each added a pair of goals for the Tigers. Bryan Todoruk, McLeod and Stanski each had a pair of assists, while Wiley Speiss also had an assist.
Myles Brister stopped seven of the eight shots he faced to earn the win for Neepawa.
Kade Susie racked up 30 saves for Mayport.
Brookings 6, Sioux Center 3
HURON — Brookings secured the 2017 Rooster Cup championship with a 6-3 victory against Sioux Center on Sunday at Bergman Arena.
The Rangers emerged with a 2-1 lead after the opening period en route to the win.
Jamison Honkomp had the opening goal for Brookings on a pass from Brenden Way, while Dalton Rittershaus had the second goal, with Mason Gerstner and Kurt Gutormson combining for the assist.
Ben Lentell had the goal for the Storm in the first period, with assist being credited to Lane Kamerman and Dayton Visser.
Brookings boosted its lead to 5-2 by outscoring Sioux Center 3-1 in the second period.
An unassisted goal by Dominic Dobesh was the first of the three goals by the Rangers. Max Kjelden then scored on a pass from Brandin Heesch and Joel Syrstad scored on a pass from Honkomp.
Trey Veerbeek scored on an unassisted shot for the Storm, who were short-handed at the time, in the second period.
Sioux Center would pull to within two with a goal by Sam DeJong on a pass from Spencer Van Ravenswaay on a power play.
Brookings would answer with the final goal of the game by Gerstner, with the assist going to Carter Shoup and Austin Lesnar.
Dylan Geraets stopped five of the six shots he faced for the Rangers in the opening period. Tristian Hokenson was in the net the final two periods and had five saves on seven shots.
Brookings unleashed 43 shots against Sioux Center goalie Blake Cannegieter, who had 37 saves.
Huron’s Walker Schiltz shoots the puck as an Aberdeen player converges during their final game of the 2017 Rooster Cup Tournament on Sunday at Bergman Arena.
Huron goalie Marty Boetel stops a shot by Aberdeen’s Ethan Vikander during their final Rooster Cup game Sunday at Bergman Arena.
Photos by Mike Carroll/Plainsman