FORT PIERRE — The Aberdeen Cougars fell 7-3 to Mitchell Friday in the first round of the varsity boys’ state hockey tourney at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre. Mitchell jumped out to a 5-0 start. Aberdeen got two goals and an assist from Dustin Santjer. Cameron Huff scored the Cougars’ other goal.
Aberdeen will play Huron at noon Saturday in the consolation semifinals. Defending champion Oahe of Pierre defeated Huron 3-1 Friday.
1, Mitchell, Spencer Lawrence (Karl Hellstrom), 16:22; 2, Mitchell, Lawrence (Hellstrom), 16:04; 3, Mitchell Ben Hogan, 15:57; 4, Mitchell, Lawrence (Hellstrom, Austin Loes), 12:16.
Second Period: 5, Mitchell, Taylor Herrick (Lawrence), 15:24; 6, Aberdeen, Dustin Santjer (Riley Swenson), 11:40; 7, Aberdeen Santjer, 3:10; 8, Mitchell, Loes (Hellstrom).
Third Period: 9, Mitchell, Loes (Hellstrom), 8:39; 10, Aberdeen, Cameron Huff (Santjer), 3:48.
Goalies: Aberdeen, Eric Milbrandt (46 shots, 39 saves); Mitchell, Weston Gauger (24 shots, 21 saves).
Cougars fall 7-3
Aberdeen forward Dustin Santjer controls the puck at the state tourney Friday. Pierre Capital Journal Photo by Wade LaRoche