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Hermantown strikes right from the start, winning on three first-period goals

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/09/22, 4:00PM CST


The Trojans' lone goal ended the top-seeded Hawks' shutout streak at 192 minutes, 33 seconds.

Hermantown forward Wyatt Carlson scored the first goal of the game when he flipped the puck over New Prague goaltender Carter Puente. Photo by JEFF WHEELER, Star Tribune

Hermantown scored three quick goals in the first period, and that was all it took for the Hawks to keep the momentum throughout their Class 1A boys' hockey state tournament quarterfinal.

The top-seeded Hawks defeated unseeded New Prague 5-1 Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

"We had a great start, and that start kind of carried us,” Hermantown coach Patrick Andrews said. “You could tell [New Prague] was on their heels. And we have been really good when teams have been on their heels.”

Hermantown (27-2-0) pumped in a variety of highlight-reel goals to go up 3-0 only a few minutes into the game, getting goals off the sticks of Wyatt Carlson on the power play, junior Zam Plante and Dominic Thomas. Plante added another goal about halfway through the first period.

“I mean, after the section final, we knew we could come out and do that again,” Plante said of the quick start.

Zam’s younger brother Max, a sophomore, scored early in the third period.

New Prague ended Hermantown’s shutout streak of 192 minutes and 33 seconds, going back to its final regular-season game against Grand Rapids, with a power-play goal from Will Andersen later in the first.

“Obviously we’d love to have that first seven minutes back,” New Prague coach Brad Drazan said. “Once we settled down a little bit, I thought we did some really good things.” 

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