Minnesota Boys State Hockey Day Two

Thursday was a pretty fun day at the Minnesota state boys hockey tournament. It was a long day and I was wiped out at the end, but I was happy to be able to grab some nice images and beat some insane deadlines for the last game. Duluth East and Hill-Murray faced off in the “8 p.m.” game, but as things go here, the second of each session’s games always start about an hour later. That put the Duluth News Tribune’s deadline for A1 right up against the start of the game and put the sports deadline shortly after. I was able to meet all the deadlines, but it was a mad dash to the finish.

The best game in terms of entertainment value yesterday might have been the Apple Valley-Blaine game in the afternoon. Apple Valley came in as the underdog and their goalie flat out dominated the entire game making a number of head-scratching saves and shutting out Blaine to advance to tonight’s semifinal. The late game with Duluth East and Hill-Murray was also entertaining except East gave up four goals–two in the closing minutes of the first period and two more in the opening minute of the second period, which put the game out of reach as they fell 5-3 after going up 2-0 early on.

And it looks like I’ll be back here another day as Hermantown defeated Mahtomedi in one of the most entertaining hockey games I’ve ever seen. Lots of images to come from that one, but I need to go rest and take a break. Check out the photos below!

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