In 7A, Radovich lifts Hawks past Marshall in 2OT
Teams have held B.J. Radovich down on occasion, sometimes for all three periods of a hockey game, and Marshall (18-8) far exceeded most of Hermantown's opponents Tuesday night at the DECC, because they held the Hawk star to only a first-period as...
Teams have held B.J. Radovich down on occasion, sometimes for all three periods of a hockey game, and Marshall (18-8) far exceeded most of Hermantown's opponents Tuesday night at the DECC, because they held the Hawk star to only a first-period assist through three periods, one full overtime, and half of a second overtime in the Section 7A semifinals.
But then it happened. Kasey Yoder tried to clear the puck out of the Marshall zone, up the middle, and he didn't get all of it. At that moment, Radovich had come over the boards from the bench for a line change. Radovich was fresh, and he raced in, picking off the puck just inside Marshall's blue line, and dashed for the goal. In an instant, he was past all the defenders, all alone and at full speed as he went at goaltender Josh Rudolph. A quick deke to his backhand, and Radovich flicked the puck into the left edge of the net at 8:09 of the second overtime, ending Marshall's season with a 4-3 Hermantown victory.
The victory sent Hermantown (19-7) against International Falls in Friday's 7:30 p.m. Section 7A championship game in Hibbing, after this edition of the Budgeteer News went to press.
But the semifinal will be remembered for a long time.
"When he came off the bench, fresh, I was just hoping he'd get to that puck before it got to the blue line. That's his 34th goal this season," Hermantown coach Bruce Plante said.
Radovich is bound for Michigan Tech on a hockey scholarship next fall.
Nate Buck, who had 27 saves in Hermantown's goal, had the perfect view of the game-winner.
"We wore each other out, and I think all the breakaways were because everybody was so tired," said Buck, a senior who came back from a knee ligament injury at the end of December. Marshall coach Brendan Flaherty was disappointed but gracious after the game. "I saw it was No. 2 (Radovich), and I thought if it had been anyone else, we might've been OK," Flaherty said.
International Falls beat the Hawks 7-2 earlier in the season.