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Greenway wins in OT

ST. PAUL -- The final first-round game of the boys Class AA state high school hockey tournament figured to be the best game of opening day. Then the game went beyond all expectations, as Greenway of Coleraine gave Up North hockey fans a spectacul...

ST. PAUL -- The final first-round game of the boys Class AA state high school hockey tournament figured to be the best game of opening day. Then the game went beyond all expectations, as Greenway of Coleraine gave Up North hockey fans a spectacular victory to rally behind.
Greenway needed a mini-miracle, and junior linemates Gino Guyer and Andy Sertich came up with two of them for the price of one.
Guyer skated up the ice, cut to his left and whistled a 35-foot wrist shot past screened Eden Prairie goaltender Dan Kuhl after 39 seconds of sudden-death overtime Thursday night, giving Greenway a 5-4 victory over powerful Eden Prairie.
But Guyer's heroics wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for Sertich, who scored with only 12 seconds remaining in the third period, after goaltender Tom Sobtzak had gone to the bench for a sixth attacker. Sertich jammed the puck toward the net from the right side, and when Eden Prairie goaltender Dan Kuhl came out to cover it, the puck squirted free. Sertich found himself alone with the puck at the crease, and nothing between him and the net as he scored the dramatic equalizer.
The two crucial goals were the second of the game for both Sertich and Guyer, sending Greenway (23-6) into the Friday night semifinals against Moorhead (21-6-1) at 9:45 p.m.

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