Back in the section finals
This morning I am entering my most nervous week of the year. On Thursday our high school hockey team beat Kittson County Central 11-0, and then last night we beat Crookston 9-1 to earn a birth in the Section 8A Championship game. On Monday night Thief River Falls and Bemidji will play to determine who our opponent will be. Whoever wins the section championship will enter the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament in St. Paul the following week.
This will be the thirteenth section final that I've been a part of, but I didn't get to my first one until my twentieth year of coaching. I was also involved in two as a player in the late 1960s. The anxiety going into this game is like nothing else I've ever experienced. Win, and you've earned a week in St. Paul, and your season is considered at least somewhat of a success. Lose, and you're done. I'll let you know on Friday how we came out.