ST. PETER — For the second year in a row, the Mankato East/Loyola girls hockey team fell in the finals of the Section 2A tournament, missing out on a trip to the state tournament.
Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato, the No. 2 seed, upended the top-seeded Cougars 3-2 despite East/Loyola's 33-19 shots-on-goal advantage.
A Mankato team has not been to the state girls hockey tournament since a combined team advanced in 1999.
Rebekah Kolstad and Amanda Broman scored goals for the Cougars.
Kennedy Sommerfeld scored twice for the Dragons, including a breakaway goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second period that ended up as the game-winning goal.
Abby Roediger stopped 31 shots in goal for the Dragons, including all nine she faced in the third period. The Cougars' Katie Paulson finished with 16 saves.
East/Loyola's season ends with 16-10 record.
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