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Senior center Logan Throldahl (right) scores the lone goal for the Bulldogs, on a rebound off a shot by right wing Tyler Erickson (left), against La Crescent/Hokah goalie Logan Yehle.

The season ended sooner than expected for the Minnesota River Bulldogs boys hockey team.

The No. 10 seeded La Crescent/Hokah Lancers upset the No. 7 seeded Bulldogs 3-1 in the first round of the Section 1A playoffs Tuesday night at Le Sueur Community Center.

The Bulldogs (9-5) beat the Lancers (5-11) during the regular season 6-1 on Jan. 26.

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Bulldogs senior defenseman Jake Rimstad makes a move around La Cresent/Hokah goalie Logan Yehle and nearly scores on a backhand. At right is wing Tyler Erickson. (Pat Beck photos/southernminn.com)

But in the rematch, La Crescent took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Senior forward Elijah Faas, assisted by sophomore forward Sawyer Christianson, opened the scoring with an even-strength goal at 3:29.

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Bulldogs senior right wing Seth Reicks’ shot just goes wide against La Crescent goalie Logan Yehle as senior center Logan Throldahl goes for a rebound. (Pat Beck/southernminn.com)

The Lancers upped their lead to 2-0 on a shorthanded goal at 7:45 by sophomore forward Cooper Carlson, assisted by freshman forward Wyatt Farrell.

After a scoreless second period, the Bulldogs cut the lead to 2-1 with an even-strength goal 1:53 into the third period on a scramble in front. Senior wing Tyler Erickson took the initial shot, and senior center Logan Throldahl put in the rebound.

The Bulldogs had a good opportunity to tie the score on a power play with 3:34 left to play, but they failed to score.

Minnesota River then took a penalty of their own with 1:13 remaining. With the Bulldogs trailing 2-1 and playing a man short, Farrell scored a power-play goal, assisted by senior defenseman Owen Davidson, into an open net with 4 seconds left to earn the 3-1 victory.

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Bulldogs goalie Logan Moe makes a save on a La Crescent attacker. Defending are senior Jake Rimstad (19) and junior Dylan Hunt (7). (Pat Beck photos/southernminn.com)

La Crescent out shot the Bulldogs 39-32. Bulldogs goalie Logan Moe made 36 saves, while Lancers netminder Logan Yehle had 31 stops.

The Bulldogs graduate 11 seniors: forwards Throldahl, Erickson, Finn Gibson, Reece Weydert, Seth Reicks, Brady Sowder; defensemen Blake McVenes, Aiden Blaschko, Brandon McLean, Jake Rimstad; and goalie Logan Moe.

In other games Tuesday, No. 8 seeded Waseca (11-7) defeated No. 9 Winona/Cotter (5-12-1) 5-1, and No. 6 Rochester Lourdes (10-5-1) shut out No. 11 Austin (0-16) 8-0.

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Bulldogs sophomore forward Alex Shaffer goes on the attack against La Cresecent goalie Logan Yehle. (Pat Beck/southernminn.com)

The top five seeded teams in the section had first-round byes and open play Thursday.

In the quarterfinals Thursday, No. 1 seeded Dodge County (13-3-1) hosts Waseca at 7 p.m.; No. 4 Faribault (8-6-2) hosts No. 5 Albert Lea (8-8) at 7 p.m., No. 3 Mankato West (14-4-2) hosts Lourdes at 5 p.m. at All-Seasons Arena, and defending champion No. 2 Mankato East/Loyola (13-4) hosts La Crescent-Hokah at 7:30 p.m. at All-Seasons.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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