ST. CLOUD -- In the wee hours of Saturday morning, halfway around the world,  a former Saint Cloud Icebreaker was playing in the Olympics for Team USA.  Anne Schleper and the women's hockey team easily beat Finland.

Meanwhile, back in Saint Cloud,  less than 12 hours later, the 2013-14 Icebreakers looked to move on in the Minnesota State High School Hockeys Playoffs.  Pool play in Sochi and Section 8AA at the MAC.  Their opponent was the North Wright County River Hawks, a team they beat 5-1 earlier in the season (art the time the River Hawks were  playing without their star goalie).

 The teams skated evenly through the first period. With 2:35 left in the first, the Icebreakers caught a break as a quick whistle negated a RiverHawks goal.  The period ended with the Icebreakers killing off a penalty.  In the second, the River Hawks scored on a rebound goal on the power play and added another just 34 seconds later to make it 2-0.

The Icebreakers cut the lead in half when Junior Haley Hjort scored a power play goal in the third period. But it looked as if it was going to be too little too late.

The Icebreakers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, and Senior Tatum Peterson netted the tying goal off a nifty designed faceoff play to the right of the goalie. Mackensie Feeny won the faceoff forward and  Peterson took it in stride at the side of the cage and buried it.


In the first overtime, the Icebreakers had some great chances.  But River Hawks Goalie Alex LaMere was stellar. And onto, a second OT.  Back and forth play made for thrilling action.  If the second overtime period was a boxing match, the Icebreakers won the round.  But it was not enough.  AND onto a third OT!  With 32 seconds left...the Icebreakers almost won it! A two on one break nearly ended the game. AND ONTO a fourth OT!

And in the 7th period of hockey, watch what Megan Milroy deos in the attached video...ending the longest game in Icebreakers history. But also pay attention to Ohio State bound goalie Alex LaMere as her teammates console her. It's amazing to see the highs and the lows in one shot.

Final score...3-2 Icebreakers.