Updated: 03/08/2013 1:18 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
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Duluth East suffered arguably the most gut-wrenching losses in each of the last two Minnesota Boys Hockey Tournaments. But through those defeats, they may have cultivated the guts to survive their grueling 1-0 quarterfinal win over Moorhead.
Jack Kolar's goal 73 seconds into the second period was the only tally of a very hard-fought and entertaining game.
Moorhead (14-12-2) nearly pulled off the upset thanks to a stellar performance by goalie Jacob Dittmer. Of his 29 saves, one late in the third period was clearly the best - as he made the initial save, then trapped the puck just short of the goal line with his catching glove.
Moorhead buzzed the Duluth East net in the final minutes, with the final horn sounding just as Aaron Herdt was set to pull the trigger on a shot from point blank range. However, the Spuds were unable to solve Hounds keeper Dylan Parker, who logged twelve saves in the shutout.
East's win comes on the heels of tough losses in their last two State Tournament games - which both came at the hands of Mr. Hockey winners. In 2011, Eden Prairie's Kyle Rau scored what some call the greatest goal in Tournament hisory to beat the Greyhounds in triple overtime. In 2012, Lakeville South's Justin Kloos registered the game winner, upsetting then top-seeded Duluth East in the first round.
Duluth East advances to Friday night's Class AA Semifinals against either Edina or Lakeville North.
Moorhead falls to the consolation round.