Senior Alex Adams scored 2 minutes, 6 seconds into overtime to lift No. 4 seed Grand Rapids to a 3-2 victory over No. 5 seed Bemidji in the fourth quarterfinal Thursday night.
Adams' goal came on a low shot that skidded into the Lumberjacks' goal, and ricocheted right back out, causing a delayed reaction by the Grand Rapids cheering section. With the puck on Adams' stick and the game on the line, they should have known the outcome.
It was Adams who sent the Thunderhawks to state by scoring with 6 seconds left in regulation in a 6-5 section final victory over Duluth East.
"Last couple of games I've gotten pretty lucky coming up with the big goal," Adams said. "That was a pretty hard goal not to put away. It has been a really fun week."
Bemidji (23-3-2) had tied the score at 2-all just 16 seconds in the third period when junior Alex Pollock scored his second goal of the game.
No worries for the Thunderhawks.
"We've got Alex Adams on our team, so we're fine," Grand Rapids coach Trent Klatt said.
Grand Rapids (22-6-1) played without sophomore forward Blake McLaughlin, who has committed to the University of Minnesota. Grand Rapids team website GRHS Hockey Online reported through Twitter that McLaughlin, who ranks sixth on the Thunderhawks in scoring with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists), was scratched because of a rules violation.