MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Minnesota is headed to the state hockey tournament for the first time in eight years after outlasting Holy Family through two overtimes.
After an intense third period, the top-ranked Skippers were trailing Holy Family, a private Catholic high school in Victoria, 4-3 with less than three minutes to go in regulation play. With three seconds left on the clock, sophomore Teddy Lagerback found the back of the net to force the game into overtime.
The score stayed tied at 4-4 into a second overtime, when junior defenseman Josh Luedtke scored the game-winning goal with 11:33 left to play.
The crowd at 3M Arena at Mariucci exploded as the Skippers became the new Class 2A Section 2 champions.
The victory means Minnetonka will be returning to the Minnesota State High School League boys hockey state tournament for the first time since 2010. Games start on Wednesday, March 7.