Duluth East forward Ian Mageau (23) scored a goal on Edina goaltender Garrett Mackay (30) in the first period to give Duluth East a 2-1 advantage. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • email@example.com
That’s what Duluth East defenseman Frederick Hunter Paine thought to himself as he stood well beyond the blue line and contemplated firing a puck on the Edina goal.
Schooled to shooting the puck on net from all angles and distances, Paine did as he has been told. He scored one of the most improbable goals in state tournament history and, in the process, lifted No. 3 seed Duluth East past No. 2 seed Edina 4-2 on Friday in a Class 2A semifinal at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Paine’s long-range shot bounced squarely off the blocking glove of Edina goaltender Garrett Mackay, then sailed straight up toward the bright arena lights. The puck fluttered as it came down behind Mackay’s left arm, then bounced a couple of times before dribbling in the net.
Junior defenseman Federick Hunter Paine’s goal midway through the third period proved to be the game winner and No. 3 seed Duluth East upended No. 2 seed Edina 4-2 on Friday in the Class 2A semifinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The victory continued the Greyhounds’ mastery over the Hornets in state semifinal meetings, as Duluth East has won five of six matchups dating to 1995.
Paine’s goal was scored in improbable fashion, as his long-range shot was blocked by Edina goaltender Garrett Mackay. But the fluttering puck sailed high into the air, and Mackay lost sight of it as it came down behind his left arm, bounced in the crease and dribbled over the goal line.
The goal put No. 3 state-ranked Duluth East (25-2-3) ahead 3-1. No. 2 ranked Edina (27-3-0) pulled to within 3-2 with 5:16 left on a goal by Mason Nevers. Garrett Worth scored an empty-net goal with 1:17 left to complete the scoring. It was Worth’s second goal of the game and 47th of the season.
Ian Mageau put Duluth East ahead 2-1 with 5:28 left in the first when he wheeled past Edina defenseman Mason Reiners and fired a shot over the leg pad and under the arm of Hornets goaltender Garrett Mackay.
Edina scored first on brilliant solo rush by third-liner Evan Shoemaker, who sped around Duluth East defenseman Will Fisher on his way to the net. The Greyhounds tied it 1:13 later when Worth launched a hard shot past Mackay for his 46th goal of the season.
Worth had one of the best chances in a scoreless second period, ripping a shot off Mackay’s catching glove in the final minute.
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