NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. - The Irondale girls' hockey season looked like it was coming to an end in the Section 5-2A semifinals Tuesday night.
The Knights battled with Centennial all night long, forcing the game into overtime tied at 5, but then the unthinkable happened. Knights freshman forward Sena Hanson scored with one second remaining in the game to propel Irondale into the section final.
"She was in the right place at the right time, but I don't think it's luck," said Irondale head coach Tom Rodefeld. "Great players find ways to get in the right place at the right time."
Later in the week, the sixth-seeded Knights matched up with top-ranked Mounds View for the chance to go to the state tournament. The game was knotted up at one with 18 seconds remaining when Hanson struck again. The freshman scored the go-ahead goal to send the Knights to the state tournament.
"We had a couple hard games where we weren't really that focused but we came into the game against Mounds View pretty focused and we knew what we wanted," said Hanson. "Mounds View, they were already thinking about what they were going to do when they got to state we wanted to shut them down."
Hanson has scored 25 goals and tallied 12 assist for the Knights, who draw top-ranked Minnetonka in the first round of the state tournament.
"We're playing Minnetonka and I just want to keep it a close game," said Hanson. "I don't want them to put it into running time like six nothing, I actually want to try to beat them because we can."
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