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By Jason Feldman

jfeldman@postbulletin.com

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS — There wasn’t much else Rochester Lourdes could do.

The Eagles’ penalty kill was stifling. Their defense was dominant for most of two periods. They got two goals from defensemen.

But the Eagles didn’t get the last break to go their way. Instead, that bounce went to Red Wing’s Blake Schammel. He scored twice in the third period to lift the Wingers to a nail-biting 3-2 victory over Lourdes in a Section Three, Class A boys hockey tournament semifinal at the Veterans Memorial Community Center.

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The loss brings Lourdes’ season to a close at 21-4-1. Red Wing (17-9-2) will move on to meet St. Thomas Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Fair Coliseum in St. Paul.

Lourdes finished with a 20-16 edge in shots on goal and held Red Wing to an 0-for-4 night on the power play.

"Our guys have nothing to feel ashamed about," Lourdes coach Bob Haskins said. "We brought our best game tonight. Our section is so difficult. We left it all on the ice; it just wasn’t enough."

Lourdes controlled the game for a majority of the first two periods, but found itself in a 1-1 tie at the end of the second.

Lourdes controlled the game for a majority of the first two periods, but found itself in a 1-1 tie at the end of the second.

The Eagles limited Red Wing to just two shots on goal in the first period and only nine through two periods.

Nick Wylam put the Eagles up 1-0 at 10:54 of the first period when he sent a shot from just inside the blue line that found its way through traffic and past Wingers goalie Will Droogsma.

That lead held up until Red Wing’s Luke Halvorson scored on a shot from a sharp angle with 1:42 remaining in the second period.

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"That was a huge goal for us," Red Wing coach George Nemanich said. "To score in the last two minutes of a period, it gave us a big lift. From there, our kids said ‘OK, we have a chance.’"

Lourdes regained the momentum and the lead just 3:46 into the third. Senior defenseman Bayode Adafin took the puck in his own defensive zone, skated it all the way into the Wingers’ zone, split two defenders in the slot, controlled a bouncing puck and lifted a jaw-dropping backhand shot into the top corner on Droogsma’s glove-hand side.

"Bayode had an outstanding game and an outstanding career," Haskins said of the senior, who will play soccer at Columbia University beginning next fall. "We will really miss his leadership."

Schammel tied the score with 6:43 remaining in the third and scored the game-winner with 2:50 to go on a wrist shot from close range.

"In playoff hockey if you take care of the details — the little things — then the big things can happen," Nemanich said.

RED WING 3, LOURDES 2

First period — 1. LOUR, Nick Wylam (Josh Anderson) 10:54. Second period — 2. RW, Luke Halvorson (Ryan Kesti) 15:18. Third period — 3. LOUR, Bayode Adafin (unassisted) 3:46. 4. RW, Blake Schammel (Steve Lang) 10:17. 5. RW, Schammel (Kesti) 14:10.

Shots on goal — RW 2-7-7 — 16; LOU, 7-8-5 — 20.

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Goalies — RW, Will Droogsma 18 saves; LOUR, Josh Crowley 13 saves.

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