Updated: 02/15/2014 1:39 AM
Created: 02/15/2014 1:36 AM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long
Benilde-St Margaret's had just dethroned the three-time defending state champions. Wayzata had just upset the #1 team in the state. Each needed one more win to punch their ticket to the State Tournament.
The two teams entered the third period of the Section Championship game at Ridder Arena tied 1-1, setting the stage for a thrilling final period.
Click the video box on this page to see extended highlights from the third period of Benilde-St. Margaret's against Wayzata in the Section 6AA Championship - including on-ice postgame celebration and sound from the winners who are now on their way to the State Girls Hockey Tournament.
Benilde-St Margaret's was determined to overcome three consecutive section final defeats. Each of the last three seasons, eventual champion Minnetonka knocked the Red Knights out of the postseason in the Section Championship - one game short of a state tournament. Eight Red Knights seniors had one last chance to realize the dream of playing at State.
Wayzata entered the postseason as the 4-seed in Section 6AA, but earned a signature win by upsetting the state's top-ranked team, Hopkins, in the section semifinals on the strength of two first-period goals.
The teams waited until late in their Section Final to set off the fireworks that culminated in a goal to remember - which sent one team to its long-awaited return to the state tournament.
BSM entered the section final 24-2-1, Wayzata came in 19-6-1. The teams tied their meeting earlier this season, drawing 3-3 back in November.