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Benilde-St. Margaret's defeats Chanhassen in conference showdown

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 05/24/22, 5:45PM CDT


The Red Knights clinched a share of the Metro West Conference title with the win over the Storm.

Gus Bell (6) of the Red knights tallied two goals Tuesday night to help Benilde-St. Margaret’s remain undefeated and defeat conference rival Chanhassen 9-5 at home. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Benilde-St. Margaret’s proved in 2021 it could win a state title without picking up a conference crown along the way.

The Red Knights would prefer the double dip, though.

They accomplished the first half of the equation Tuesday in a 9-5 win against Chanhassen (10-2, 5-1) to claim at least a share, with the tiebreaker in their favor, of the Metro West Conference title with one game remaining in the season.

It’s Benilde-St. Margaret’s’ (12-0, 6-0) third time at the top in the last four seasons.

The Red Knights go for the outright title when they host Waconia (2-10, 0-6) on Thursday.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Carsen Brandt (1) scored two goals and had one assist in the Red Knight’s 9-5 win over the Storm Tuesday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First Report

Benilde-St. Margaret’s clinched at least a share of the Metro West Conference title with Tuesday’s win against Chanhassen.

Both entered the game undefeated in conference play and with one game remaining later in the week. The Red Knights dominated in a 9-5 win.

Chanhassen scored the first goal of the game before Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored six straight to close the first half.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s (12-0, 6-0), ranked No. 1 in the May 23 state coaches poll, was paced by a pair of goals and an assist each from Gus Bell and Carsen Brandt. Justin Dalum made 9-of-14 saves.

Carter Van Holland led no. 2 Chanhassen (10-2, 5-1) with four goals. Grant Penttinen made 10-of-19 saves.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s can clinch an outright conference title with a win Thursday vs. Waconia. Chanhassen can split the title without a tiebreaker with a win Thursday at Bloomington Jefferson and a Benilde-St. Margaret’s loss. Bloomington Jefferson can also share the title without tiebreaker with a win and Benilde-St. Margaret’s loss.

Carter Van Holland comes from behind the net to score a goal in the third quarter. Van Holland tallied five goals Tuesday night in the Storm’s 9-5 loss to the Red Knight’s. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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