Howie: Hockey, Hockey, Hockey

No. 1-ranked/2A Duluth East suffered its first high school boys hockey loss of the season Saturday night, 4-3 at unranked/2A Eden Prairie.

Ryder Donovan, Ricky Lyle and Jack FitzGerald scored goals for the Greyhounds, who led 3-2 after two periods and fell to 9-1-3 overall.

Lukan Hanson had 27 saves for Duluth East.

Eden Prairie, which lost to Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, 4-3, on Friday night, improved to 6-8-1 overall.

The Greyhounds visit Grand Rapids Monday night.

Minnetonka 5, Hermantown 3

Junior forward Brady Baker scored two goals for the visiting Hawks (7-4-2).

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Los Angeles Kings Coach Scott Stevens on former Bulldogs forward Alex Iafallo’s play in the team’s 4-2 home loss against Anaheim Friday night (Source: “I thought he was terrific tonight. Probably one of our best players, if not our best player. He was really good on top of a lot of pucks and it was apparent to us early on that we needed to move him up right away. I thought he was terrific. He really came back energized. That’s his game. He gets the space, he comes up with pucks, he makes plays in tight spaces and I thought he did all that tonight.”

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The Bulldogs men’s hockey team completed a two-game sweep at Colorado College Saturday night, blitzing the Tigers 5-1.

UMD won Friday night’s opener, 6-5, on the strength of two-goal, two-assist efforts by forwards Riley Tufte and Peter Krieger.

Freshman winger Kobe Roth scored two goals for the Bulldogs Saturday, and goaltender Hunter Shephard stopped 18 of 19 shots.

UMD (11-9-3) improved to 5-7-0-0 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with 15 points, good for a fifth-place tie with Nebraska-Omaha in the eight-team league.

The Bulldogs will play host to NCHC second-place North Dakota this weekend and first-place St. Cloud State Jan. 26-27.

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Duluth East hockey standout Ian Mageau, on the Greyhounds’ season to this point: “We’re riding a positive wave. The target on our backs makes it a lot more fun. I like where we’re at.”

Mageau, on the workmanlike ‘Hounds: “We’re a hard-working, grindy team that plays tough defense and can bury the puck offensively. We’re playing the same zone to zone to zone system that East is known for. We like our defense to put the puck on forwards’ sticks, to not hang on to it very long, and then we like to get it in deep. We like to trap guys on the forecheck, with one of our guys taking one defenseman and our other forechecker taking the other defenseman. Then, the third guy stays high. We prefer to get it to the net or get it high.”

Mageau, on the best team the ‘Hounds have played this season: “Minnetonka. Fast, strong and good at moving the puck. That was a big win for us, for sure. We wanted to play physical, hard and wear them down. We simplified our game. We’re pretty well conditioned so we weren’t concerned about getting worn down, even in the second game of the back-to-back.”

Mageau, on playing on the top line with Ryder Donovan and Garrett Worth: “We’re grindy but can score. Ryder and I do the work in the corners, and then hand it out to Sniper Worth.”

Mageau, on the upcoming Section 7AA playoffs: “It’s our favorite time of the year, something we grew up watching. Cloquet, Andover, Marshall — it doesn’t matter. Losing two years in a row to Grand Rapids is tough. We’re hungry, and we want it.”

Mageau, on playing for the storied East program: “It’s an honor to play for Duluth East. You grow up watching it, and it’s a lot of fun. Randolph’s (Coach Mike) dedication and intensity are impressive. He’s straight-forward, level-headed, even funny at times. Mostly, he’s fair. He’s the best coach I’ve had.”

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Follow the Pucks’ Top-10: How They Fared Saturday

Class AA
1. Duluth East lost to EP, 4-3
2. Minnetonka def Htown, 5-3
3. Edina def Blaine, 9-0
4. STA idle
5. HFC idle
6. Elk River lost to #8 Centennial, 5-3
7. White Bear Lake def WBY, 13-0
8. Centennial def #6 ER, 5-3
9. CDH def PCG, 5-3
10. MHD def Breck, 13-1

Class A
1. Hermantown lost to M’tonka, 5-3
2. Mahtomedi def Hill-Murray, 4-2
3. Greenway idle
4. EGF def LOW, 2-1
5. S.C. Cathedral idle
6. Orono idle
7. Mound Westonka idle
8. Sartell-SS def Mankato West, 3-0
9. Delano lost to Wayzata, 4-2
10. Monticello idle

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