Alex Toscano scored at 3:54 of overtime, giving No. 3-seeded Duluth East a 2-1 victory over No. 2-seeded Edina in the Class 2A semifinals. It was the second consecutive game in the tournament – and third counting their section final – that needed extra time. The Greyhounds advance to Saturday’s title game, their first appearance in the championship game since 2000. They are seeking their first title since 1998. Edina was last year’s champion.
Duluth East had three golden chances midway through the second period – the last a shot off the crossbar – but couldn’t cash any in for the game’s first goal. Edina took that honor two minutes later when Steven Fogarty used a burst to create a 2-on-1, skated down the right wing and buried a wrist shot high to the glove side.
Duluth East drew even with less than a minute left in the second when a relentless cycling forecheck eventually led to a one-timer from Jake Randolph.
The teams traded chances in the third period, with Duluth East putting one off the post and Edina’s Jake Sampson getting denied from close-range with four minutes remaining in regulation.