Dodge County forward Brody Lamb (7) celebrated after he scored in the third period. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • email@example.com
Talk about a magnificent seven.
Dodge County junior forward Brody Lamb, who wears No. 7 on his back, put his team there as well. He tallied a hat trick — his seventh this season — as the Wildcats defeated Little Falls 4-1 in a Class 1A tournament semifinal.
Lamb, the state’s top scorer, padded his lead with goals 49, 50 and 51, sending first-time state tournament entrant Dodge County to Saturday’s championship game. The Wildcats (19-3-1) face No. 2 seed Gentry Academy (18-0) at 6 p.m.
“I didn’t really think, honestly, that we would make it this far,” Lamb said. “But anything can happen. It’s going to be fun.”
Lamb’s repertoire brought enjoyment to anyone not supporting Little Falls. His first goal in particular showed why Lamb is committed to the Gophers. With a Little Falls defender closing the gap, Lamb released the puck. It hit the crossbar and deflected in — bar down in hockey parlance.
Asked whether the puck might have deflected off the Little Falls player’s stick, Lamb said, “That wasn’t stick.”
Dodge County scoring ace Brody Lamb led his team to a 4-1 victory in Friday’s Class 1A state tournament semifinal against No. 4 seed Little Falls.
Lamb scored season goals 49, 50 and 51 for a hat trick to send the Wildcats to the title game. They face No. 2 seed Gentry Academy (18-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 to Little Falls after the first period, Dodge County grabbed the lead thanks to a pair of goals.
A puck shot by defenseman Charlie Blaisdell glanced off goalie Dane Couture’s glove and the game was tied.
Lamb impressed with his snipe over Couture’s glove for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead.
Lamb scored again in the third period, bumping the lead to 3-1.
But early in the third period, a would-be tying Little Falls goal was disallowed because officials whistled the play stopped moments before the puck was put home.
That incensed Little Falls (14-5-1) fans, who saw an apparent Flyers goal in the first period waved off after officials ruled goaltender interference.
No matter. Defenseman George Moore stayed hot in the playoff, staking the Flyers to a 1-0 lead on his third consecutive postseason goal.
Dodge County defeated Little Falls 3-2 on March 5 as part of the Wildcats’ current 11-game winning streak.