David La Vaque has covered all but one state hockey tournament game since 2009 and has worked as a Star Tribune high school sports reporter since 2004. His favorite tournament experiences include cheering for alma mater St. Paul Johnson in 1991 and staying for most of the Apple Valley/Duluth East marathon semifinal game in 1996. Loren Nelson has covered every state tournament since 2009 as the national media editor for Sport Ngin. He attended many, many other Tourney games as a high schooler from the far northern reaches of Minnesota making the annual pilgrimage south to the old St. Paul Civic Center in the 1980s.
Minnetonka's Bobby Brink, center, and Josh Luedtke, right, landed on the Day 3 All-Tourney team. Photo by AARON LAVINSKY, email@example.com
Our third of four 2018 offerings in our series of daily all-tourney teams. Note: We love it when defensemen picks fall into our lap.
Edina star Sammy Walker might have nightmares about the play of Kleive for a while. On a play that typified the night for Edina, Walker was swinging from the side of the net to the front, but his plan to wheel around Kleive was foiled by the headfirst dive and pokecheck from the Greyhounds senior. Kleive finished with 24 saves, many of them of the spectacular variety.
Alexandria didn’t just defend favored Hermantown, the Cardinals attacked. Powell, a defenseman, tallied a hat trick, including a coast-to-coast beauty. Powell can’t recall tallying a previous hat trick. Cardinals’ fans won’t soon forget this one, which propelled the program to its first stat championship game appearance.
You might not find a more clutch scoring defenseman this postseason. He scored twice against Centennial, the first one tying the game 2-2. The Skippers were attempting a long pass across the slot and when the puck got deflected, the instinctual Luedtke had a backhand shot waiting. He scored the game-winner in overtime of the section playoffs and had three assists in the quarterfinals.
Hat trick by the power forward helped boost the Spartans to a 4-0 lead. His calm, “we-can-do-this” demenor on the bench after Mahtomedi rallied to force overtime might have been as important as his scoring.
Two more goals for the Greyhounds sniper, including an important one early that ignited the Duluth East bench and its massive cheering section. He also scored into an empty net, giving him five tournament goals in two games.
Shorthanded breakaway goal was a thing of beauty, as he deposited not only the puck in the net, but also tossed his stick there for good measure. He had two goals, giving him four for the tournament.