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Lakeville North Caps Undefeated Season with a State Title

Matt Christians

Lakeville North capped off a perfect season with the school's first ever state championship in hockey on Saturday night when they ended the Cinderella run of Duluth East with a 4-1 victory over the Greyhounds.

In a manner fitting of their season, all three of the Poehling brothers chipped in with a goal for the Panthers. The youngest, sophomore Ryan got the scoring started with the only goal of the first period. Jack Poehling then extended the lead early in the second period for the only score of that frame.

Four minutes into the third period, senior defenseman Angelo Altavilla snuck in from the point to catch a pass and score a goal extending the lead to 3-0. Duluth East's Ryan Peterson got the Greyhounds on the board with just under six minutes remaining, but Duluth East did not have another miracle comeback in them. Nick Poehling closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal.

Lakeville ends the season with an unblemished 31-0-0 record, only being pushed to overtime once in their first game of the season, becoming the 17th team to go undefeated in a season in Minnesota high school hockey. The victory capped off another successful Minnesota State High School Tournament, which ended up as the most attended in tournament history.