DELANO — Delano did just enough to survive the Section 2A quarterfinal game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (LDC) Feb. 2 at the Delano Area Sports Arena.
After taking care of the Dragons easily in two regular-season meetings (3-0 and 4-0), the Tigers needed six minutes of overtime to top LDC for a third time, in the playoff game.
Taylor Michael kept the Tigers alive when she scored the game-winner at 6:29 of overtime on a one-timer to the top shelf.
“When I went out there, I knew I needed to work my butt off, and I knew this could be the last game for the seniors. When I saw it go in the net, I couldn’t really believe it,” said Michael. “Then everybody piled on me and I couldn’t breathe; I had never had an experience like that.”
Michael was consumed in a pile of Tiger teammates in celebration of the 3-2 win as the devastated Dragons skated past in defeat.
“It was a rush of emotions, I don’t really know what happened,” she said.
MOUND — The emotional high of the overtime winner against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato two nights earlier was humbled greatly for Delano Feb. 8 by the 6-0 loss at Mound-Westonka in the Section 2AA semifinals.
Grace Peterson scored a hat trick for the White Hawks, recording an even-strength, power-play and short-handed goal.
READ MORE ABOUT THE TIGERS’ BIG WIN AND THE TOUGH LOSS IN THE PRINT EDITION OF THE DELANO HERALD JOURNAL