St. Paul (Northland's NewsCenter) - In a wild Class A semifinal in the MN Boys State Hockey Tournament, Hermantown defeated Hibbing-Chisholm 6-4. The win advances the Hawks to the Class A championship game for the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons.
The Hawks held a 4-1 lead late in second period, when Hibbing-Chisholm's Adam Johnson rallied with a natural hat-trick, or three unanswered goals to tie the game. Two of the goals were scored in the second period, with the third goal occurring on a Bluejacket power play in the third period to tie the game at 4-all.
Hermantown's Andrew Mattson answered with the game-winner, on a Hawk power play. Jared Kolquist added an empty-net goal with under a minute left in the game.
Hermantown's Garrett Skrbich had two goals and an assist. Hermantown goalie Connor Lucas made 13 saves, while Nathan Tromp had 23 saves for Hibbing-Chisholm.
Hermantown improved to (25-3-2) and will face St. Thomas Academy for the Class A Championship Saturday at noon. Hibbing-Chisholm fell to (18-10-2) and play Thief River Falls in the Third Place game Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center, beginning at 9am.
Joe Dufek will have highlights and more as well as a look at Duluth East's semifinal contest tonight against Edina. You can catch these at 5pm and 6pm on KBJR 6 and Range 11, and on the KDLH3 News at 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
Posted by Joe Dufek