YOUTH HOCKEY: Bantam hockey fans impressed with Red Baron Arena and Expo as state tournament wraps up

Photo by Brennen Rupp Greenway fans celebrate after Greenway earned a victory in the third place game on Sunday.

MARSHALL – The State Bantam A and AA tournaments that left no vacancies in the Marshall hotels concluded Sunday, with White Bear Lake (AA) and Edina (A) both winning their respective state tournaments.

White Bear Lake defeated Osseo-Maple Grove, 5-2 in the AA championship game. White Bear Lake recorded 29 shots on goal. Osseo-Maple Grove finished with 15 shots on goal.

White Bear Lake advanced to the championship game by defeating Blaine, 5-2 in the semifinals on Saturday. Osseo-Maple Grove won their semifinal contest over Stillwater 4-3 to reach the championship game.

In the A tournament it was Edina defeating Orono, the defending state champion, 2-1. Edina had 19 shots on goal, while Orono finished with 12 shots on goal.

Edina was able to beat MAML Moose, 4-3 in an overtime thriller in the semifinals on Saturday to reach the championship game. Orono reached the championship contest by defeating Greenway, 5-3 in the semifinals.

Greenway bounced back from their semifinals loss by taking third place when they defeated MAML Moose 6-4. Alexandria won the consolation championship with a 4-3 overtime victory against Chaska/Chanhassen.

In the third place matchup in the AA bracket, it was Stillwater shutting out Blaine, 3-0. Moorhead defeated Lakeville South, 7-3 in the consolation bracket.

The pair of state tournaments was a perfect opportunity for people from outside the Marshall community to get a first-hand look at the brand new Red Baron Arena.

A parent from Chaska/Chanhassen gave the tournament and the facility two thumbs up.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” she said. “The videoboard with the highlights was a nice touch. It was a well-organized event.”

A parent from Alexandria echoed the same thoughts.

“It was an enjoyable experience,” he said. “It was a good weekend of hockey in a state of the art facility.”

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