Screen shot Courtesy of Ch. 45
One of our popular features during the state hockey tournament is the Two-Man Advantage series of updates written by David La Vaque and Loren Nelson. They capture much of what happens beyond the wins and losses of Minnesota's most popular high school tournament.
In this case, it was a goal scored by Mahtomedi in the first period of its 4-2 victory over Mankato East/Loyola in the opening Class 1A quarterfinal on Monday.
Joe Paradise, the grandson of hockey legend Herb Brooks, scored the goal and celebrated with a mock selfie by the glass. The moment was captured above during the Ch. 45 telecast.
Here's the Two-Man Advantage version of what happened and how it was received:
Mahtomedi junior forward Joe Paradise, the grandson of hockey royalty Herb Brooks and Bob Paradise, scored the state hockey tournament's first goal and two overall in the Zephyrs' 4-2 victory over Mankato East/Loyola on Tuesday.
Brooks starred for St. Paul Johnson’s 1955 state championship team. He and Bob Paradise, a former Cretin standout, were teammates in the 1968 Winter Olympics. After his first goal, Paradise held his arm aloft as teammates crowded around for an imaginary selfie.
Would his old-school grandfathers approve?
“Absolutely, as long as they won,” Kelly Brooks Paradise, Joe’s mother, wrote in a text message. “When you are a 16-year-old boy, you simply love the game, and it’s supposed to be fun.”