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Run-and-gun Duluth East zips past St. Michael-Albertville

By LOREN NELSON, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/08/18, 4:00PM CST


Mr. Hockey finalist Garrett Worth had a hat trick and goalie Parker Kleive stopped 28 shots in a 5-0 victory.

Duluth East goaltender Parker Kleive reached out to grab the puck in the first period. He made 28 saves in a 5-0 shutout of St. Michael-Albertville. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Duluth East senior Garrett Worth has never met Dave Spehar. 

Yet Worth knows well the former Duluth East star from the mid-1990s. Worth has punched Spehar’s name into YouTube searches hundreds of times, committing to memory every big goal — and there were dozens of them — that Spehar scored.

“Oh yeah, before I go to bed at night I like to watch videos of Dave Spehar, that’s kind of my thing,” said Worth, who did his best Spehar imitation Thursday. He scored three goals in No. 3-seeded Duluth East’s 5-0 victory over unseeded and first-time tournament entrant St. Michael-Albertville (23-6-0) in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center.

First report

In a performance reminiscent of the run-and-gun Dave Spehar-led Duluth East teams of the mid-1990s, the No.3-seeded Greyhounds got three goals from senior Garrett Worth as they raced past first-time tournament entrant St. Michael-Albertville 5-0 on Thursday in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Worth scored the lone goal of the first period and opened the scoring in the second when No. 3 state-ranked Duluth East (24-2-3) erupted for four goals to take a 4-0 lead.

Unseeded St. Michael-Albertville (23-6-0), ranked No. 9 in the state, was outshot 14-10 in the second period.

Sophomore Logan Anderson and senior Ian Mageau also scored in the second before Worth completed his hat trick with a goal off a deflection with 2:32 left.

Senior goaltender Parker Kleive was sharp while making 28 saves, including 11 in a scoreless third, to preserve the shutout.

St. Michael-Albertville goaltender Justin Damon stopped 29 of 34 shots.

Check back later for more on the game.

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