The Rushmore Thunder boys’ varsity hockey team came up short in its bid for an appearance in the state title game, as the Brookings Rangers rolled to an 8-3 win in the semifinals on Saturday in Brookings.
Brookings jumped out to a big 5-0 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. Both teams scored three times in the second period and there was no scoring in the third.
Alec Ryman got the Thunder on the board just 17 seconds in the second period on an unassisted power-play goal. Tristen Leberknight scored on a power play at the 10:13 mark, assisted by Brooks Mitzel. The third Rushmore goal came by Mitzel shorthanded at 15:48.
The Thunder moved into the semifinals with an 8-5 win over the Watertown Lakers on Friday.
Mark Petereit and Mitzel both scored two goals, while Ryman, Jack Olson, Leberknight and Jack Olson scored goals.
Assists came from Ryman (two), Leberknight (two), Haydon Schmidt, Petereit, Mitzel and Connor Haggerty.
Goalie Jason Walter had 27 shots on goal with 22 saves.
The Thunder will play for third place today at 11 a.m. against Oahe.