March 10, 2017 06:10 PM
Ryan Sandelin's fourth goal of the game came with :22 left in overtime, ending a wild Class AA Semifinal between St Cloud Cathedral and Hermantown - sending the Hawks to their eighth straight title-game appearance.
With double-overtime looming, Sandelin gathered the puck in the high slot directly off an offensive-zone faceoff, recoiled and fired a wrist shot into the net ending an epic game that had wild swings of emotion and momentum.
Hermantown also needed overtime to beat unseeded Luverne in Wednesday's Quarterfinals.
The win seemed unlikely at times, as Hermantown trailed 2-0 early in the first and 5-2 late in the second.
St Cloud Cathedral raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period owith goals from Connor Beltz and Michael Spethmann.
Hermantown tied it back up with two of their own - Matt Valure late in the first period, then a Sandelin's first - a laser snapshot into the top corner - 7:11 into the second.
A Cathedral burst of three-goals in 74-seconds would've buried most teams. Reagan Garden, Connor Beltz and Jake Van Halbeck all scored mid-second period to push the Crusaders up 5-2.
Sandelin's second goal of the game later in the period sent Hermantown into the third period down 5-3, then Sandelin completed his hat trick 55-seconds into the third to make it a 5-4 game.
Hermantown's Elliott Peterson sent a massive slapshot from the point into the net with 11:18 remaining to tie the game at 5-5.
Hermantown outshot Cathedral 66-27.
Cathedral keeper Jake Levinski made 60 saves, including several in the third period that extended the game into overtime.
Hermantown goalie Cade McEwen made 22 saves in the win.
Hermantown's 8th straight title game appearance will come Saturday at noon against Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake
Updated: March 10, 2017 06:10 PM
Created: March 10, 2017 04:11 PM
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