friday's recap

THREE STARS

1. Ben Troumbly, Greenway, junior

Scored his 24th goal of the season, this one a now-you-see-him, now-you-don't game-winner in overtime to send Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin to its first title game since 1992.

2. Jack Smith, St. Cloud Cathedral, junior

The Crusaders' top-line center, who has verbally committed to Minnesota Duluth, got his team rolling with a goal at 3:04 of the first period. He struck again in the second period for his 30th goal of the season.

3. Keegan Langefels, Eden Prairie, senior

Played a big role in the Eagles' four-goal surge in the second period. The defenseman and co-captain scored his team's first goal and assisted on the next two.

BY THE NUMBERS

3

Three of Eden Prairie's four consecutive goals in the pivotal second period came on the power play. Special teams put the Eagles in their first state championship game since 2016.

9

State tournament appearances by St. Cloud Cathedral before finally reaching a championship game. Before Friday, six resulted in semifinal losses.

27

Years since Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin last appeared in a state championship game. The Raiders defeated Rosemount to win the inaugural Tier II state title.

ATTENDANCE

Friday afternoon's announced Class 1A semifinal crowd was a record 11,376. The evening session drew 17,459.

QUOTE

"They canceled school today because so many kids signed up to come to the game. That speaks volumes to the excitement and pride."

— Derrick Brown, St. Cloud Cathedral coach