The Rushmore Thunder PeeWee A boys’ hockey team came away with the South Dakota state title Sunday in Mitchell with a hard-fought overtime victory over the Sioux Falls Flyers East.
Jake Lindblom scored both goals for the Thunder in the 2-1 win, the game-winner just 57 seconds into overtime.
Rushmore took a 1-0 lead 3:18 into the second period on an unassisted goal by Lindblom, but Sioux Falls East tied the game with a third-period goal (6:25) by Riley Sullivan, who was assisted by Brennan Couet and Carter Tobin.
The two teams then played a scoreless rest of the third period to set up overtime.
John Young had a big game at goalkeeper, as he stopped 14 of 15 shots on goal. The Thunder had 17 shots on goal to 15 for Sioux Falls.
In the semifinals Saturday night, the Thunder routed Watertown 8-1. Gavin Gary had a hat trick with three goals, while Brian Petereit and Lindblom adding two goals. Austin Stiles and Ryan Nolan also had one goal in the win.
Young stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal.
On Friday, the Thunder stopped Mitchell 7-3 behind two goals each by Gary, Lindblom and Petereit and one goal from Gavin Dierkhising.
Young stopped 10 of 13 shots on goal.
PEEWEE GOLD TEAKE SECOND, BLACK THIRD IN B TOURNEY: The Rushmore PeeWee B Gold earned a spot to the state title game, but came up short, falling to Brookings 9-4 Sunday at the Rushmore Thunderdome.
In the title game Brookings led 1-0 at the end of the first period but took a 4-3 lead into the third. Scoring in the second period for the Thunder were Mack Braun, assisted by Matthew Hegre, 24 seconds into the period and Hegre, assisted by Carson Levin.
Levin scored in the third, assisted by Hegre and Braun and Hegre added his second goal of the game unassisted.
The Gold got into the title game with a 4-2 win over Oahe on Saturday and opened the tournament with a 6-2 win over the Mitchell Marlins.
Against Oahe, Hegre earned a hat trick, with Braun scoring the other goal.
On Friday, Braun scored three goals, with Levin, Mason Messinger and Hegre all scored goals.
Mitch Burress earned the win in net for the Thunder.
Earlier on Sunday, the Thunder Black stopped Oahe 5-1 in the third-place game. The Thunder Black also defeated Sioux Falls East 6-2 on Friday, but fell to Brookings 5-3 on Saturday.
Against Sioux Falls East, Kaden Klapperich had a hat trick with three goals, while Parker Sundby added two goals and Lewis Hall the other goal. Sundby scored twice in the loss to Brookings, while Karson Jergis added the other goal.
Against Oahe, Rushmore got goals from Jergis, Hall, Jace Gerlach, Matthew Rouland and Samuel Koscak.
THUNDER VARSITY BOYS SWEEP ABERDEEN: The Rushmore Thunder varsity boys completed a three-game sweep over the Aberdeen Cougars, 8-2 on Sunday.
Goals were scored by TJ Nolan (three, one unassisted), Brooks Mitzel (two, one unassisted), Mark Petereit, Alex Connor and Jack Olson, with assists from Tristen Leberknight (two) Mitzel (two), Alec Ryman, Paul Raymond, Haydon Schmidt, Petereit, Anthony Petrotto and Nolan. Goalie Jason Walter had 26 shots on goal with 24 saves.
The Thunder also beat the Cougars 7-4 on Saturday and 6-2 on Friday.
On Saturday, Mitzel and Nolan both scored two goals, with single goals coming from Ryman, Schmidt and Alex Connor. Earning two assists each were Petereit and Schmidt, with Michael Petrotto, Nolan, John Taylor, Mitzel and Ryman all picking up an assist.
Walter stopped 15 of 19 shots.
Friday night goals were by Ryman (two), Nolan (two), Leberknight and Jack Taylor. Assists came from Mitzel (two), Mason Phelps, Petereit, Leberknight and Connor Haggerty.
Walter had 33 shots on goal with 31 saves.
The Thunder boys’ varsity will head to the state tournament in Brookings on March 8-10.