Wayzata's Chase Heising (11) rips the puck past goaltender Patrick Munson's shoulder, scoring the game-winner at 4:01 of overtime to lead the Trojans past Centennial, 2-1. Photo by Adam Crane.
Jalen Wahl (18) tied the game with just over a minute left in regulation as Wayzata rallied past Centennial, 2-1 in the Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday night. Photo by Adam Crane (top) and Brian Nelson (bottom).
Wayzata failed over and over and then some to end Centennial's shutout streak in the state tournament.
The magic that lasted for 14 periods, 15-minutes and 45-seconds nearly made Wayzata its next victim. Then the Trojans overwhelmed the Cougars with their own late-game magic to force overtime and claim a 2-1 victory on Chase Heising's goal 4:01 into the extra period.
Wayzata went 49-minutes, 45-seconds without scoring on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center, although once the puck finally touched the net, momentum for more was theirs. Wayzata's Jalen Wahl's motivation to make up a missed opportunity finally got the puck past Centennial's goaltender Patrick Munson. Wahl scored with 75 seconds left in the third period just moments after missing a loose puck in front of a mostly open net.
"I vowed I wanted to come back and take us to overtime," Wahl said. "I wasn't going to miss that opportunity to keep us going."
Adam Anderson scored Centennial's lone goal in the first minute of the second period. The Cougars appeared to take a 2-0 lead late in the second period. Anderson celebrated his shot that crept through the legs of Wayzata goaltender Aaron Dingmann. Replays showed the puck crossed most of the goal-line before Dingmann reached back and pulled it out. An extended review of the play, however, called it no goal.
That was one of Dingmann's 28 saves on a night he got knocked around. Centennial forward Andrew Bertrand knocked the goaltender to the ice twice and Connor Novick provided another. Dingmann laid on the ice for about a minute after the first and Wayzata coach Pat O'Leary was unsure if he would get up. He did, though, all three times.
"I think that's the first three times this year I've gotten knocked over, blatantly kind of," Dingmann said. "I thought the first ones was kind of funny cause I didn't see him coming and he just knocked the wind out of me and I was just down there kind of flailing around, I couldn't breathe."
Heising said he expected to see Dingmann get back up and perform. He'd done it all year.
It's been nine years since either team skated in the state tournament. In 2004 Centennial defeated Wayzata 3-0 in the semifinals on route to a state championship built by shutouts.
Munson had this impressive feat in mind entering the tournament. Former Centennial coach Erik Aus stopped the goaltender in the hall through the week reminding him the Cougars don't given up goals at state.
"I had it on my mind at the end of the game. It didn't work out in our favor."
JASON GONZALEZ, Star Tribune
Wayzata's Brian Machut, left, and Centennial goaltender Patrick Munson look for the puck as it sails overhead. Photo by Adam Crane
1. Aaron Dingmann, Wayzata
Goalies are often called brick walls, and Dingmann sure lived up to that nickname on Thursday night. The senior goalie not only stopped pucks -- 28 of them to be exact -- but he also had to deal with a parade of Centennial players doing their best wrecking ball impression and trying to knock him down. They did knock him down, but they didn't rattle him.
2. Jalen Wahl, Wayzata
Keeping up with the bar he set for himself in the section playoffs, Wahl was again Wayzata's best offensive player on Thursday night. He knotted the game late with a beauty from the top of the crease, generated the majority of the Wayzata chances and was just plain good.
3. Patrick Munson, Centennial
It was a tough game for Munson, and not just because of the end result. He went long stretches without seeing much rubber but found a way to stay focused and come up with giant saves late in the game.
-- Zack Friedli, MN Hockey Hub staff
Centennial's Patrick Munson. Photo by Brian Nelson
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