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Peterson sends Skippers to championship in 6OT thriller

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The semifinal game between Minnetonka and Lakeville North will simply be known as that.

The game.

The rematch from a year ago that saw the Skippers win in dramatic fashion did anything but disappoint as the Skippers and Panthers battled for six overtimes and an all-time record for minutes played (113:29) and length (4:14). When the dust settled early Saturday morning, it was a familiar face who scored the winning goal.

Senior Amy Peterson scores big goals in the biggest spots and she did it again. Both Peterson and best friend Laura Bowman are following each other to Penn State to play college hockey so it seemed natural that Peterson would follow Bowman's lead that created the game winner.

"Laura (Bowman) was carrying the puck wide, and I saw her going hard so I thought I should go hard to the net," said Peterson. "She had a great shot for a rebound and it kind of bounced off me and went in."

That goal, is the pure definition of puck luck but the Skippers will take it. They have an opportunity at more history when they take to the ice later today at Xcel Energy Center. No team in girls hockey history has ever put together a three-peat.

Leading 3-1, the Panthers fought back with back to back goals from Christi Vetter that tied the game and would end the scoring until Peterson's heroics 80 game minutes later.

Bizarre and surreal were just a couple of words used by Peterson, goaltender Sydney Rossman and head coach Eric Johnson to describe the game.

Rossman was spectacular in net and early in overtime when the Panthers seemed to have momentum, the senior stepped up when her team needed her the most making big saves.

"We lift each other up as team mates, "said Rossman. "Whenever anyone is tired, it's always like 'okay we've got this'."

Rossman made 49 saves in the win including 32 in the overtime periods.

The Skippers advance to the championship game and will face the much rested Hill-Murray Pioneers who defeated Eden Prairie.

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