Lakeville South Victory Builds Tradition

ST. PAUL – Following a tough 10-1 loss at the hands of Benilde-St. Margaret's last night, Lakeville South came out and beat a talented Moorhead team in the AA third place game. The Cougars' win over Duluth East as well as a third place trophy have helped to start a hockey tradition at Lakeville South.

Lakeville South came out with a strong start but had to wait until late in the period to tally the first goal of the game. At 14:11 Justin Kloos slid the puck cross ice to Patrick Lauderdale who found the back of the net, giving the Cougars a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Kloos added a third goal early in the second on an odd-man rush with a wrister from the dot with the lone assist coming from Cameron Jackson.

Moorhead battled back, earning their shots on net and eventually scoring their first goal of the game 28 seconds into the third period. Moorhead kept up the pressure but couldn't get a second goal past goalie Tyler Schumacher. After a devastating loss the night before, Lakeville South was able to earn a third place finish at state, a feat that the Cougars were ecstatic about.

"It feels really good to end the season off in a win," said Schumacher. "Only six teams can end the season off with a win."

A star during his junior season, Justin Kloos chose to stay at Lakeville South for his senior year. Passing up other hockey opportunities allowed him to finish his time as a Cougar with his classmates.

"I'm proud of all the boys, to go out with all the seniors," he said. "We all get to end a great high school career on a win."

Along with ending his career on a high note, Kloos wanted to build a hockey tradition at Lakeville South.

"It's really incredible," Kloos said of the win. "I want to build tradition at the Lakeville South program. For us to walk away with hardware, that's a big deal for the young kids and everyone around the community."

Coach Kurt Weber gave credit to his team for wanting to turn Lakeville South into a renowned hockey program.

"When I took the job seven years I wanted to build tradition and be a perennial power like a lot of the teams you see here," he said. "I can't do that myself. There's so much of the burden is on the coach. These kids are my ambassadors. Honestly, I couldn't be more proud of them."

The play throughout the postseason as well as the players' attitude off the ice is a main factor in what Weber hopes will be a storied tradition at Lakeville South.

"The tradition wouldn't be there without these kids."

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