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Friday's boys' hockey state tournament recap

By Star Tribune, 03/10/18, 2:42AM CST


Three Stars

Alexandriaís #21 Jack Powell scored on Hermantown goalie Cole Manahan in the 3rd period. ] Class 1A boys' hockey semifinals Hermantown vs. Alexandria BRIAN PETERSON ï brian.peterson@startribune.com St. Paul, MN 03/09/18


1. Jack Powell, Alexandria, senior: The Alexandria defenseman produced a hat trick, including a coast-to-coast beauty of a goal. Powell can’t recall a previous hat trick. Cardinals fans won’t soon forget this one.


2. Thomas Walker, Orono, senior: He was once, twice, three times a scorer as Orono built a 4-0 lead in the second period. And the captain kept Orono believing with positive words on the bench. The Spartans lost their cushion and went to overtime in a 5-4 victory.


3. Parker Kleive, Duluth East, senior: The netminder set the tone early with a breakaway stop of Jett Jungels, a feat few goalies matched all season. He also denied Edina’s dangerous Sammy Walker twice among his 24 saves. Kleive’s play lifted teammates to a semifinal upset.



Alexandria advanced to its first championship game in five state tournament appearances. The Cardinals knocked out Hermantown, which appeared in the previous eight title game. Not bad for a team given the No. 3 seed in the section tournament and the No. 4 seed at state.


Duluth East reaches its eighth championship game under coach Mike Randolph. The Greyhounds are 2-5. Randolph, one of five coaches with 600 career victories, last won it all in 1998.


Class 1A heavyweight Hermantown hit the end of its remarkable 48-game unbeaten streak. The Hawks are looking to opt up to Class 2A in 2019-20.


Announced combined attendance for Friday’s two sessions. Afternoon session drew 11,905, a Class 1A Friday semifinal record.


“Puck in the air, I’d say he knocks it in 10 out of 10 times.”

— Orono senior Thomas Walker on teammate Dane Korsi, who wielded his stick like a Louisville Slugger to bat home an airborne puck for the overtime winner.

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