A pair of goals 68 seconds apart during the third period put upset-minded Thief River Falls ahead by a goal against No. 1 seed Hermantown.
“Our gas tank was full at that point,” Prowlers coach Tim Bergland said.
But at the same time, it revved Hermantown’s engines for a wild ride toward the final horn.
“It fueled our competitive spirit,” Hawks coach Bruce Plante said.
Jared Kolquist pulled Hermantown back even with its northern Minnesota counterpart exactly a minute later, and a fluky goal by Jared Thomas wound up being the difference in a 3-2 Class 1A state semifinal victory by the Hawks.
“We had a rough day getting our legs going,” Plante said. “It took something like [the Prowlers’ second goal] to percolate us. It was a battle til the end. Those are some hard, tough-nosed kids.
“We started banging guys around a little bit, and that helped. Once we started doing that, things started going a little better for us.”
The mood was understandably more dour in the other locker room after the game-winning goal was scored by Thomas with 5:15 left in the game. It came when his harmless centering pass from the half wall toward the Prowlers’ net careened off a defender’s skate and by an unsuspecting Jon Narverud in goal.
“It looked like it was going to go wide so that’s why I followed with it,” a dejected Narverud explained later. “All of the sudden the crowd goes wild. Wasn’t much I could do.”
Thomas was equally surprised.
“I just wanted to turn around and throw it quickly to [teammate Chris Benson] and it ended up going off that skate,” he said. “Fortunate bounce for us. I’ll take it any way I can get it, I guess.”
Thomas also scored Hermantown’s first goal of the game. It gives the Mr. Hockey candidate 30 goals to match his undefeated, untied team’s school-record 30 wins heading into Saturday’s Class 1A championship game rematch with defending champion St. Thomas Academy.
“Some guys can’t throw a puck into the ocean,” Plante said. “Goal scorers score goals. His [game-winner] was a great play. We tell the guys to throw it to the net anyway they can and hope for the bounce. It was nice to get that.”
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego St||65||FINAL|
|Bowling Green||7:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||48||FINAL|
|William & Mary||59|
|Utah Valley U||60||FINAL|
|Sam Houston St||47|
|San Diego Christian||28||FINAL|
|UC Santa Barbara||56|