St. Paul, Mn
Another giant was taken down Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center. First it was the Edina Hornets falling to the Moorhead Spuds by a score of 5-2 and then it was the Cretin-Derham-Hall Raiders coming up with a identical 5-2 stunner over the highly regarded Duluth East Greyhounds.
Despite a heavy shot margin and offensive zone time by the Hounds, it was the Raiders who scored first as Andy Read beat Duluth East goalie Matt Cooper as they took advantage of their first scoring chance. The Raiders came in waves and forced the issue as Hounds goalie Matt Cooper was beat for the 1-0 lead.
Just 0:13 later, Bob Kinne scored a goal as the Raiders crashed the net with energy. Kinne put away a pass from Jesse Perron. The Raiders survived a surge from the early stages of the first period and closed it out being outshot 15-4.
The Hounds came out with designs on taking over the second period, and did in play, but it was a rush up ice by the smooth Mark Alt who took the puck wide to the left side fed the trailing Tommy Zimmerman. After the feed, Alt ran busted to the net, the defenseman chose to follow Alt, and Zimmerman walked to the top of the circle and blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that eluded Cooper under the blocker pad arm for the stunning 3-0 lead.
Derek Forbort responded with a goal of his own at a minute later on a long shot. That gave the Hounds some energy who scored again on a tally by Joe Nelson as he pounced on a rebound to bring the game to 3-2. Six minutes later, Lulic blasted the puck past Cooper for the 4-2 lead. After two periods, it was the Hounds who owned a 27-10 shots on goal advantage, and had number of high quality scoring chances.
Ben Walsh made several key saves for the Raiders who shut down the Hounds in the third period and a goal by Vince Lulic. The Hounds replaced Cooper with Joseph Jeanetta who made four third period saves to maintain the score at 4-2. Ben McClellan fired the empty net goal for the 5-2 win.
The Raiders advanced to the semifinals and will play the Moorhead Spuds for the right to advance to the State Final on Saturday.
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