After being outscored 13-1 by St. Cloud Cathedral in a pair of regular season contests, Little Falls gave the top-seeded and 10th-ranked host Crusaders an early scare, Tuesday.
But Cathedral ended up pulling away down the stretch, scoring four goals in the third period to advance past the Section 6A quarterfinals with an 8-1 win.
Junior goalie Ezra Spandl was sharp in net early on, keeping the Crusaders off the board as the game remained scoreless near the end of the first, until Cathedral’s quick-strike attack finally came up with a pair of late goals less than a minute apart to take a 2-0 lead.
Little Falls sophomore Landon Bjorge cut the gap in half just 12 seconds before the intermission, though, as the Flyers would stick within a goal seven minutes into the second period.
Cathedral would start to pull away from that point, scoring twice before the period ended and another four times in the third.
Spandl finished with 37 saves.
The defeat brought the Flyers’ season to a close with a record of 4-21-2.
Seniors on this year’s team included Dane Peterson, Mark Anez, Jack Schulte and Alec Zack.
Flyers win in first round
Eighth-seeded Little Falls began the playoffs with a 5-2 first round victory over visiting ninth-seeded Northern Lakes, Feb. 15.
Anez gave the Flyers a quick 1-0 lead 2:35 into the contest, but Northern Lakes tied the score in the final minute of the period.
The Flyers separated themselves with a three-goal spurt in the second, though, picking up a goal 19 seconds after the intermission by sophomore Thomas Miller, then a pair from Bjorge.
Northern Lakes pulled back within two goals with 5:25 remaining, but Anez netted a short-handed goal with 3:52 to go to seal the win.
Sophomore Braden Backowski recorded two assists, with Schulte, Mark Anez, junior Austin Fenske and sophomores Daniel Marod, Mack Anez and Miller each adding one.
Spandl stopped 14 shots to earn the win in net.
Jorgensen, Miller score
in regular season finale
Junior Connor Jorgensen and Miller each scored goals in a 4-2 defeat to visiting Detroit Lakes to conclude the regular season, Feb. 13.