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Short-handed goal lifts Orono past Breck in overtime

By NATE GOTLIEB, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/01/18, 8:45PM CST

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Thomas Walker scored to give the Spartans a 2-1 victory and the Class 1A, Section 2 title.


Orono forward Thomas Walker (23) scored the winning goal in overtime against Breck in the Class 1A, Section 2 championship on Thursday. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ renee.jones@startribune.com

Orono’s Thomas Walker scored shorthanded 5:10 into overtime, as the top-seeded Spartans defeated sixth-seeded Breck 2-1 in the Class 1A, Section 2 final on Thursday at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.

Landon Wittenberg scored in the first period for the Spartans (20-7-1), who outshot Breck 34-19. Goalie Evan Babekuhl made 18 saves.

“It’s really surreal,” Walker said of his game-winning goal, which came after a shot on goal by teammate Zack Simon. “It’s something you dream of.”

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Orono's Thomas Walker scored shorthanded 5:10 into overtime as the top-seeded Spartans defeated sixth-seeded Breck 2-1 in the Class 1A, Section 2 final on Thursday at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.

Landon Wittenberg scored in the first period for the Spartans (20-7-1), who outshot Breck 34-19. Goalie Evan Babekuhl made 18 saves.

Nick Strom tied the game with a goal with 5:38 remaining in the third for the Mustangs (9-19). Goalie Blaine Madson made 32 saves.

Check back later for more on the game.

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