The Two Harbors Agates are on cloud nine after beating Eveleth-Gilbert 4-3 Monday at the Eveleth Hippodrome, advancing them in the quest toward the state hockey tournament.
Coach Steve Wasko said the Agates had been looking forward to playing the Golden Bears. "I think going into the seeding that was one of the matchups we felt we wanted to have in the first round of the playoffs," he said.
Coach Wasko said he felt his team played well. He noted goalie Micky Smith's goalkeeping. The Agates' four goals were scored by senior Alex Anderson who scored two, senior Jake Homstad assisted by freshman Lucas Kempffer, and senior Cody Cavallin assisted by junior Austyn Wasko and Anderson.
While he said the Agates really had to work hard to ward off Eveleth-Gilbert in the third period, Wasko said the Two Harbors boys made it work. "We had to kill off a five-on-three power play," he said. "The kicker was that Anderson scored right after."
Wasko said the crowd that night was great. "It was exciting," he said. "We had a lot of parents at the game."
The Agates played Hibbing Wednesday. Results of the game were not available at press time. Wasko said that although the Two Harbors boys lost the last time they faced off against the Hibbing Bluejackets, the Agates are not the same team they were. "The last seven or eight games, we've become a different team," he said. "We're a better team now."
Wasko said the Two Harbors boys have a chance and will make the best out of it. He said his team is feeling good and that a lot of the players have matured over the last few games. "I think there's a sense of a mountain to climb," Wasko said. "We're playing to win."