Friday, March 12, 2010
1A Semifinals: Hermantown def. Mahtomedi
By Kyle Stevens
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, Minn
selects our Two Stars:
GWG 1:14 into overtime
2 goals, 1 assist
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Charlie Komnick: Hat trick
Jared Kolquist: 2 goals
Ampe: 21 saves
Team: 44 shots on goal
Team: 3 for 4 on power play
Charlie Adams: 2 goals, 1 assist
Marshall: 1 goal, 2 assists
Brad Wohlers: 37 saves
Team: 27 shots
Team 1 for 4 on power play
In one of the most epic finishes to a state
tournament game in recent memory, Hermantown escaped a literal
last-second, regulation game-winner to advance to tomorrow's
championship with a 7-6, overtime victory.
At the end of regulation,
after Hermantown fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game at
6-6, a long rebound gave Mahtomedi a rare chance at a true buzzer
With Ben Marshall pushing the puck, Charlie Adams came along
side to Marshall's left. A poke check put the puck on the tape of Adams
who rifled a shot past Hermantown goalie Tyler Ampe just as the horn
sounded to end the game.
The referee signaled it a goal. Mahtomedi
emptied from the bench. Charlie Adams became the base of a dog-pile.
then the replay announcement came. After no time at all, the goal was
waved off. Mahtomedi had punched their first-ever ticket to the finals,
only to have it ripped up and thrown at their feet.
"I think we all
threw up on that roller coaster," said Mahtomedi head coach Jeff
Well, almost everyone. "I didn't know if it was in or not,"
said Hermantown head coach Bruce Plante. "I was just hoping."
three minute break, an eight minute, sudden-death overtime was at hand.
The best game of the tourney was about to get even better.
Zephyrs had possession early and were skating into the zone when control
was lost and it sent the Hawks back up the ice.
"We got our legs
back waiting for the call and they were wasting their energy
celebrating," said Thomas, who would score the game-winner on that rush.
haven't scored in overtime, ever," Thomas continued. "Until now."
the final punch to the stomach for Mahtomedi came after their press
conference. After 10-minutes of answering questions that never seemed
possible just a few minutes before, coach Plante, Adams and Marshall
took a slow walk off the stage. And then Marshall's shoulders sunk. He
The TV in the conference room was showing replays. First came
the goal at the buzzer. Then the dog pile, followed by the slow motion
overhead view of Adams' shot. The clock clearly hit zero before the puck
crossed the line.
And then, just as they turned to leave, Thomas'
game-winner flashed in front of their eyes.
Marshall bowed his head
and bit his lip. Shock doesn't always mute pain.
"Definitely heard that. I
think that put a little fire under us." - Hermantown senior winger
Charlie Comnick on Mahtomedi's student section's reinterpretation of a well known
children's song. The Zephyrs' fans, after taking a 6-4 lead in the third
period, gave a rousing rendition of, "If you're losing and you know it,
clap your hands," clap-clap.
Box Score / Full Game Audio / Highlights coming soon