The Minnesota state hockey tournament is unfolding at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, and fans are flocking in their droves to take in the sights and sounds of America’s best teenage hockey tournament. Why is it America’s best prep hockey? In part because it can sell out a nearly 20,000 capacity arena. And, in part, because of incredible highlights like the one you see above.
That’s Bemidji goalie Grant Tharaldson, who stepped up big time in his team’s 6-4 Class AA quarterfinal loss to state power Edina. Tharaldson found himself facing an odd break and what seemed like a sure Edina goal when he decided to take matters into his own hands, thwarting that sure fire scoring play with an acrobatic, flying save across the front of the net.
Sure, the save wasn’t enough to get his team a win, nor were any of Tharaldson’s other heroics. It was the surefire play of the game, and one of the best saves of the season. If you’re going to go out, you might as well go out while playing at your best, and the Bemidji goalie certainly delivered that.