The anticipation of the Mankato East/Loyola versus Mankato West boys hockey game for the Section 1A championship lived up to the hype. In a nearly packed Rochester Recreation Center, the No. 4 seeded Cougars beat the No. 2 seeded Scarlets 3-1. The Cougars added an empty net goal to go up 2 with the Scarlets pressing hard in the offensive zone.