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.
BY THE NUMBERS
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.