MINNEAPOLIS — Joey Hanowski and Ben Newman each scored twice for the Little Falls Flyers as they rallied to nip the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers 5-4 in a Class 1A consolation semifinal Thursday at Mariucci Arena.
Hanowski tied the game 2-2 in the second with scores 18 seconds apart.
Newman briefly put the Flyers ahead 4-3 with a goal at 12:36 of the second and scored the game-winner at 12:42 of the third.
Little Falls will play Rochester Lourdes, which blasted New Ulm 10-1 in the other consolation semifinal, for the consolation title at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mariucci Arena.
Duluth dominated the opening period, leading 10-2 in shots and taking a 2-0 lead.
Little Falls dominated the second in shots (9-4) and grabbed a 4-3 lead.
Hanowski’s goals enabled the Flyers to tie it 2-2. Sophomore forward Mark Anez put Little Falls ahead 3-2 before Duluth’s Judd Peterson tied it 3-3.
Newman, with an assist from Hanowski, put the Flyers ahead 4-3 to end the second.
In the third, the Hilltoppers led in shots (14-8), and Peterson tied the game with his hat-trick score at 5:52. Newman’s second goal, at 12:42, proved to be the game-winner.
Little Falls had three shots on an open net in the last minute of play and missed all three.
Junior goalie Michael Stumpf earned the win for the Flyers, making 24 stops.
Little Falls 0 4 1 — 5
Duluth Marshall 2 1 1 — 4
First period: DM-Connor Flaherty (Judd Peterson, Steve Long) 3:26; DM-Peterson ppg 11:28.
Second period: LF-Joey Hanowski (August Maciej) 4:18. LF-Hanowski (Spencer Fenske, Ben Newman); LF-Mark Anez (Michael Holthaus, Austin Bjorge) 11:31. DM-Peterson (Flaherty) 10:23. LF-Newman (Hanowski) 12:36.
Third period: DM-Peterson (Zach Isaacson) 5:52. LF-Newman (Luke Majerle) 12:42.
Shots on goal: DM 10-4-14—28; LF 2-9-8—19.
Goalies: DM-Christian Coffman (27:31 minutes, 14 shots, 12 saves), Caden Flaherty (22:29, 5-2); LF-Michael Stumpf (51:00, 28-24).
Overall: LF 20-10-0. Next: Little Falls vs. Rochester Lourdes, Class 1A consolation championship, Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, 10 a.m. Saturday.