St. Paul — It is not easy to beat a team three times in one season.
Delano found that out Thursday afternoon in the consolation semifinals, when it found itself in a battle with Wright County Conference foe Hutchinson for survival in the Class A state tournament.
It took a Cade Lommel save on a penalty shot with 50 seconds remaining in regulation and an overtime goal from Adam Brown for Delano to finally put Hutchinson away 6-5.
The win did give Delano three wins over Hutchinson. During the regular season, Delano won 2-1 at home and 3-1 at Hutchinson.
The win put Delano in a similar spot, the consolation championship game.
That’s where the Tigers finished its previous two trips to state, winning the game in both 2017 and 2019.
This time around, Delano will play Monticello at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The puck drops at 10 a.m.
Monticello got to the final game of the consolation round with a 6-1 win over Mankato East/Loyola Thursday morning.