Delano's Adam Brown, center, salutes the Tigers' cheering section after scoring in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 victory against Orono. Alongside Brown is Colin Lommel, left, and Mark Halonen, right. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com
Corner battles? Adam Brown owns ’em.
Blocked shots? Brown would throw his face in front of the puck if it meant preventing a goal.
Breakaways? Brown, a Delano junior, had a couple of those against Orono on Thursday, too. After being stopped on the first he willed his way to a second, stealing the puck at center ice and delivering the winning goal late in the third period of a 3-2 upset triumph over the Spartans (15-2-2, 6-1-1), ranked No. 4 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll.
“He can will his way to do most anything for us,” Delano coach Gerrit van Bergen said. “He’s so strong, every part of his body is just so strong.”
Delano's Gunnar Paulson was sent flying face first into the boards on a hit by Orono's Shea Anderson. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com
Junior co-captain Adam Brown’s breakway goal with 7:28 remaining lifted Delano to a 3-2 upset victory over archrival Orono on Thursday at Delano Area Ice Arena.
Brown stripped the puck from a Spartans defenseman in neutral ice then beat Orono goaltender Finn Grandy with a deke and five-hole shot. The goal came just 1:50 after Orono’s Nick Mohs-Messerli had tied the score at 2-2.
The loss was just the second of the season for Orono (15-2-2, 6-1-1) and its first in Wright County Conference play. The Spartans are ranked No. 4 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll. Orono beat Delano 5-1 on Dec. 12 in Orono in their previous meeting this season.
Delano (11-6-0, 5-2-0) became one of the few Class 1A teams to beat one of the state’s Power Six small-school programs (East Grand Forks, Hermantown, Mahtomedi, Orono, St. Cloud Cathedral and Warroad).
Trevor Oja gave Delano a 1-0 lead 27 seconds into the first period, and the Tigers never trailed. Mohs-Messerli tied it at 1-1 going into the first intermission, but an Oja power-play goal in the second regained the lead at 2-1 for Delano.
Grandy finished with 23 saves while Cade Lommel also made 23 stops, including several during a 5-on-3 Orono power play to start the third period.
Delano's Adam Brown slides the puck under Orono goaltender Finn Grandy's pad for a third-period goal in the Tigers' 3-2 victory on Thursday. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com
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