LUVERNE - Makayla Sterrett netted a hat trick, including a power-play goal, to help the No. 2-seeded Luverne Cardinals down the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 6-1, during Section 3A semifinal hockey action on Tuesday night in Luverne.
Luverne (15-4) advances to play against the No. 1-seeded New Ulm Eagles at 7 p.m. Thursday in Redwood Falls for the sectional championship.
The Eagles (13-10-1) defeated Marshall 9-0 in their Section 3A semifinal to advance.
Fairmont Area finished its season with a 7-13 record.
Madisyn Dingmann and Mariah Aukes combined for a pair of goals in the opening period to help produce a 2-0 lead for Luverne.
Morgan Hohn added to Luverne's lead in the second period, scoring at 2:15 before Sterrett scored on back-to-back goals at 5:42 and 6:04 to make it 5-0.
Jalyssa Wilson scored the lone Fairmont Area goal to deny Luverne a shutout.
Wilson sent a Brooke Lemon and Myah Lytle double-assist through the crease on a power play at 7:32 in the second to make it 5-1.
Sterrett put the finishing touches on her hat trick in the third, netting an unassisted power-play goal with 1:40 remaining to give the host Cardinals the 6-1 victory.
Miranda O'Connor stopped 30 of Luverne's 36 shots on net, while Kennedy Gonnerman made 15 saves on 16 Fairmont Area shots.
L - Madisyn Dingmann (unassisted), 9:30.
L - Mariah Aukes (Briana Erickson), 16:43.
L - Morgan Hohn (Mariah Aukes, Monique Aanenson), 2:15.
L - Makayla Sterrett (Madisyn Dingmann), 5:42.
L - Makayla Sterrett (Ellen Dahl), 6:04.
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (Brooke Lemon, Myah Lytle), pp., 7:32.
L - Makayla Sterrett (unassisted), pp., 15:20.
Saves: Miranda O'Connor (FA) 30; Kennedy Gonnerman (Luverne) 15.
Shots on goal: Luverne 36; Fairmont Area 16.
Penalties: Fairmont 3 for 6 minutes; Luverne 5 for 10 minutes.
Power-play chances: Fairmont 1 for 5; Luverne 1 for 3.
Mankato East/Loyola 6, Fairmont Area 1 - Grayson Gavin netted two goals to lead the Cougars to a 6-1 nonconference boys hockey win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday in Mankato.
The Cougars jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first period thanks to the pair of Gavin goals, along with tallies from Brent Adams, Shane Sellner and Logan Lebert.
It took Adams just 31 seconds to find the back of the net, and Lebert tallied his 1:21 later.
Gavin's goals were divided by Sellner's single lamp lighter of the game to take the lead.
Greg Claeys prevented the Cardinals from going scoreless through the first, netting an unassisted goal at 12:54 in the period to make it 5-1 after the opening frame.
The Cougars would get one final goal in the second on a shot from Brad Johnson at 7:18 to make it 6-1.
Colton Cunning blocked 32 of the Cougars' 38 shots on net in the game.
Aaron Kroeber turned away 19 of Fairmont Area's 20 shots on goal for Mankato East/Loyola.
Fairmont Area (2-16-1) plays host to New Ulm in a 7:30 p.m. South Cental Conference game on Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
Fairmont Area 1-0-0-1
M. East/Loyola 5-1-0-6
M - Brent Adams (Carter Johnson, Nick Yess), 0:31.
M - Logan Lebert (Judd Schulz, Brad Johnson), 1:52.
M - Grayson Gavin (Judd Schulz), 10:37.
M - Shane Sellner (Carter Johnson), 11:13.
M - Grayson Gavin (unassisted), 12:04.
FA - Greg Claeys (unassisted), 12:54.
M - Brad Johnson (Judd Schulz, Logan Lebert), 7:18.
Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 32; Aaron Kroeber (M) 19.
Shots on goal: Mankato East/Loyola 38; Fairmont Area: 20.
Penalties: Mankato East/Loyola 1 for 2 minutes; Fairmont Area 1 for 2 minutes.