Thursday, February 26, 2009
A touch of tournament magic
By Michael Rand, Star Tribune
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN
|Red Wing’s Lydia Wagner, left, celebrated her last-minute goal with teammate Paige Haley in Wednesday’s 3-2 quarterfinal victory over Fergus Falls. Wagner’s goal capped a third-period rally inspired by an emotional locker room speech. Photo by Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune |
Three former Red Wing girls' hockey players who never had a chance to play in the state tournament reminded the current squad Wednesday that there is a way to honor both their rare on-ice opportunity and a stricken teammate at the same time. With the Wingers trailing 2-1 after two periods of their Class 1A quarterfinal against Fergus Falls, former players Liz Bauer, Ashley Frederick and Jenny Olson entered a subdued locker room. What did they say to inspire a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory? First things first: Head coach Scott Haley had to remind his players to relay an edited version of the message.
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