March 10th, - pm Here we are on the last day of the tournament and another season comes to and end after the games are played out today. It is always difficult to watch the third place games play out.
I am from the camp that while it is difficult to play a game that you were not planning on being a part of, be grateful that you have a second chance to play one more time with the group you will never have again. While that is easier said than done, life is full of disappointments and curveballs.
What we know is that we rarely get what we want and only two teams are still standing when it comes to the championship games at each class. Mahtomedi put a nice stamp on their season with a win over East Grand Forks to take home the third place trophy in the Class A.
Cloud Cathedral Crusaders scored what they thought was a goal with the red light going on and the referee washing it off and no whistle. The play continued up Ice as Greenway goes the other way and scores.
The entire play went under review and as the video would indicate, the goal judge was right to put the light on.
The Crusaders received credit for the goal. Patrick Lilija handled the play-by-play chores to precision on this one while I rode shotgun as the color man for him.
Cathedral was believed by many to be the best team in the tournament or at least playing the best entering the weekend. The Crusaders were loaded with talent and their depth was just too much for the Raiders if Greenway to overcome.
The game was high energy but in the end, the best team won. Heading back to the Xcel Energy Center is always a little somber feeling as I know the end to something good is coming and that is another high school hockey season.
The third place game is always going on as we record our last podcast from the Al Shaver Pressbox.
All of us were treated to a classic final game with Edina defeating Eden Prairie in overtime. The Eagles played their hearts out while Edina did what they needed and had tremendous goaltending from Louden Hogg.
I will be making one final entry and get into the Edina and Eden Prairie game later today with final thoughts on the season. Everyone loves the Cinderella story and this one is among the better ones.
Once on the brink of doing the unthinkable, Greenway nearly lost the program, and was to merge with Grand Rapids for boys hockey. The girls already had and the community of Greenway knocked on doors and got the young kids playing the game subsequently saving the program. Look at the Raiders postseason accomplishments this year and it is an impressive resume.
The victory stopped a run of nine straight Section 7AA titles by Hermantown. Then they defeated Delano by a score of in the quarterfinals.
Delano has been a defensive juggernaut who had not given up a goal in three section games and along the way, the state took notice of a spirited hockey team that went to the net and played a game that did not look robotronic. Their community essentially shut down and is in St.
Paul right now watching on as their group of kids play the game with heart, passion, and courage. The entire lower bowl of he Xcel Energy Center was full and the carry over to the club level was full. The energy in the building was the highest for that game and both teams played hard, battled, had their moments of brilliance and their moments of despair.
Suddenly, the Raiders found their fatiguing wheels and Ben Troumbly scored the game tying goal late in the third period and the game winning goal just into the overtime period setting off an eruption of emotion both on the ice and in the stands.
Iron Range hockey ruled the high school hockey scene for the first twenty-plus years and has battled to remain relevant in the landscape over the years of which they have been.
They were playing for the entire Iron Range and that will be a lot of wind beneath their wings when they face of against the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. The big question will be if they have enough left in their tank as they rely on a few players while the Crusaders have some depth to work with.
The last time a Lake conference team that lost to a non-conference foe in the finals was in when Hill-Murray defeated Edina by a score of It has been an impressive decade for the southwest metro.
So much happened today, I will try contain it to a a few paragraphs. First we had four games of which three were decided by two goals and another went to triple overtime.
For all of the talk about how the seeds played out, that point was moot as all eight teams were worthy of their spot at the head table. Second, we had a veteran announcer excused from his second of two games for an inappropriate comment.
We were all over the map and it was almost like a morning show. HockDish 10 was a lot of fun and worth listening to. Click here to enjoy the discussion. Legendary Announcer Doug McLeod was sent home after his first of two scheduled games when he made his now infamous rope lynching comment.
It was in reference to the Bears being in jeopardy of losing for the 19th time in the first round at that point. His comment sparked the Hubbard broadcasting switchboard to light up and he was told by a producer that he had to leave the facility.
The Minnesota State High School League, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary have brought in various announcers that have worked over their tenure. It is the worst nightmare of every announcer who is perpetually in jeopardy of saying the wrong thing.
He did say the wrong thing, it was quick and context to the heartache the Bears fans have dealt with over the years was being referenced. Indeed it was over the top and needed to be addressed.
There was a lot of jaw dropping and shock in the pressbox. It was a feeling of it is too bad for Doug. The game itself had Bryce Brodzinski on display but it was the play of Carsen Richels Will Hillman that caught my eye as they have some highly skilled players and can score.
Eden Prairie built a lead and looked like they were well on their way to a semifinal berth. But Lakeville South goalie Henry Welsch had a different idea on that. He turned aside 62 Eden Prairie shots and kept his team in the game. South did not quit and that in itself created problems for the league.
As the third overtime was coming to a close, the decision was made that the game would be suspended until 8am on Friday where it would be picked up for the fourth overtime on the same day of the semifinals.
Fortunately someone scored to avert that potential disaster with left in the third overtime. Edina was challenged by the Moorhead Spuds in a win.