Logan Anderson's ninth goal of the season was by far his biggest, but it also ensures he'll have a chance to top it next week at the MSHSL Class AA boys' hockey tournament.
The sophomore tipped in a shot from Luke LaMaster during overtime of the Section 7AA championship game, capping a dramatic comeback and giving Duluth East a 3-2 win over Andover at AMSOIL Arena.
"Oh my God, this is the greatest day of my life," Anderson said afterward. "It's so nice. Just believe in yourselves, and you'll go out there and win."
Andover jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two periods, and junior goaltender Ben Fritsinger appeared poised to make that stand up as the winning margin. He finished with 50 saves, several of them spectacular.
It wasn't until the third period that Duluth East broke through, with Brendan Baker tipping another LaMaster shot from the blue line that made it a 2-1 game.
Fritsinger and the Huskies kept it that way until 1:14 to play, which is when Ryder Donovan was able to bank a puck from behind the goal line off Fritsinger and into the net for the tying goal.
"When we got the first, we felt like we were going to get a second," head coach Mike Randolph said. "Then we tied it, we felt we were going to win."
Turns out, that was the right feeling.
Anderson's goal came 4:50 into the first overtime period, sending the AMSOIL Arena crowd into a frenzy and giving Duluth East its first section title in three seasons.
"Oh this feels way sweeter, way sweeter," Randolph said, referring to two straight section title losses to Grand Rapids. "I'm really happy for the kids. I know personally how hard these kids have worked in the offseason. They've put a lot of work in."
Parker Kleive finished with 18 saves in the winning effort for the Greyhounds.
Seeding for the state tournament will be completed Saturday, but Duluth East will play its quarterfinal sometime on March 8 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.