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Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Breck
Hermantown

1A Final: Breck vs. Hermantown

By Kyle Stevens
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, Minn

The Minnesota National Guard selects our Two Stars:

John Russell
Breck
30 saves

Chad Bannor
Hermantown
1 goal, 2 shots

For more information on The Guards, go to http://1800goguard.com

Breck 2
Mike Morin: Game winning goal, 1 assist
Riley Borer: 1 goal
Tyson Fulton: 1 assist
Team: 18 shots on goal
Team: 0 for 1 on power play

Hermantown 1
Willis Kantonen: 1 assist
Jared Thomas: 1 assist
Tyler Ampe: 16 saves
Team: 31 shots on goal
Team: 1 for 1 on power play

The Story
So this is how it ends for Hermantown. Tied 1-1 late in the third with tournament favorite, and defending champ Breck. The speed and dangling ability of the Mustangs had been mostly silenced by Hermantown's physical play.
But nothing can negate luck.
With 1:40 left to play, a poke check in front of Hawks' goalie Tyler Ampe ricocheted off Mike Morin's shin pad and trickled in off a post. The 2-1 lead would withstand Hermantown's late rally, and Breck becomes the first repeat champ since Jefferson in the early 90s.
The game was expected to be close, at least for a while. Breck was supposed to find some seams and display the team speed that they are known for. Hermantown had to counter with the body and puck control to stay within striking distance. For 49 minutes, the Hawks had won the battle of game plans.
But, as the saying goes, even the best laid plans, well, you know.
Morin's goal came on the tail end of emotion that was nearly the game changer for the Hawks. A wide open net was capitalized on, but just a moment after a whistle stopped play. The whistle was clearly heard, and the goal was waved off. The puck was indeed loose, but the official made his decision.
"(The official) said the (goalie) had it on his pad and then we hit it loose and he had it long enough," said Hermantown head coach Bruce Plante. Unlike in the semifinal, the no-goal call hurt Hermantown, and opened the door just enough for Breck.
"Apparently the hockey gods weren't in our favor today," said Plante.

The Quote
"We talked about it early in the season that, 'Hey, last year's over. We gotta build a new foundation," - Breck head coach Les Larson.

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