Sena Hanson, Irondale girls' hockey

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Jakob Ellingson, Hopkins boys' Nordic skiing

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Shane Gersich, Holy Family boys' hockey

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Elizabeth Koprucki, East Ridge girls' Alpine skiing

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Alex LaMere, North Wright County girls' hockey

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Isis Muller, Roseville gymnastics

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Athletes of the week: Game-winners keep coming for Irondale's Hanson

  • February 19, 2013 - 1:05 AM


Irondale, hockey

Scoring one game-winning, season-saving goal is more than most hockey players accomplish in a career.

Scoring two -- in back-to-back games in the same week, no less -- rarely happens, outside of driveways and backyard rinks.

But that's what Hanson, a freshman left winger, did last week.

Last Tuesday, she flipped in the game-winner with one second left in overtime in a 6-5 victory over Centennial in the Class 2A, Section 5 semifinals.

"That made me feel a lot better," Hanson said. "I got the penalty that let [Centennial] get the tying goal. Samantha Donovan drew the puck back to me and there was no one there. I just shot it and it trickled in."

Then last Friday, Hanson scored an even bigger goal. With 18 seconds left in the section championship game against top-seeded Mounds View, she stole the puck from a defenseman and wristed a shot into the upper corner. The goal broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Knights to the Class 2A tournament for the third time in team history.

While thrilled and still a little stunned by her clutch goals, Hanson made a point of crediting her linemates, Donovan and Alex Toupal, for her success.

"I think it just started sinking in," she said. "But it's because I play with two great players on my line. They're always covered, so I just get open a lot."


Hopkins, Nordic skiing

The senior took a big lead in the freestyle portion of the Nordic ski race in last week's state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, then held off a charge by Eden Prairie's Tom Bye in the Classic race to win the boys' individual state championship with an overall time of 29:24.4.


Holy Family, hockey

Considered one of Minnesota's best sophomore players, Gersich scored nine goals in three games last week. He scored once in a 5-4 loss to Breck and had back-to-back four-goal efforts in victories over Orono and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.


East Ridge, Alpine skiing

After finishing second in the 2012 Alpine state meet, Koprucki turned in the two fastest slalom runs of the day en route to a meet-winning combined time of 1:15.52. Her time was more than 1.5 seconds ahead of the runner-up.


North Wright County, hockey

The junior goalie stopped all 62 shots she faced in victories over Bemidji (3-0) and Moorhead (4-0) in last week's Class 2A, Section 8 playoffs, leading the River Hawks to their second state tournament in three years.


Roseville, gymnastics

The sophomore peaked when she scored a 37.875 to win the all-around championship at the Class 2A, Section 5 meet. Muller won the uneven bars and helped the No. 1-ranked Raiders to a season-high team score of 150.95.


Jefferson, Alpine skiing

In his fifth state meet appearance, the senior, finally achieved his goal of winning the Alpine skiing individual state championship. His two-run combined time was 1:13.67.


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