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The best performances at the boys' hockey tournament

Five players stood out at this year's tournament.

The 2018 boys' state hockey tournament wrapped up over the weekend with St. Cloud Cathedral and Edina hoisting the Class A and AA championships, respectively.

We all know how exciting the games are, with overtimes, frothy heads of lettuce and meme-worthy moments.

However, there's always a handful of players who stand out from the crowd. I was at the tourney from start to finish, and these are the five players who left me most impressed. 

1. Donte Lawson, forward, Greenway

Lawson, a senior, seemed to never leave the ice for the Raiders. In three games at the tourney, Lawson was a machine putting up nine points – four goals and five assists.

Dating back to sections, he racked up 20 points – 10 goals and 10 assists – over his last six games of the season.

Surprisingly, Lawson isn't committed to play college hockey anywhere. Judging by his performance at the tourney, coaches will probably come calling.

2. Jett Jungles, forward, Edina

Jungles, who obviously has the best name ever, is no stranger to the state tournament. He helped Edina to back-to-back state tournament appearances and was a star in both tourneys. 

Jungles had five points – three goals, two assists – in three games, including assisting on the game-winning goal to clinch the state title for the Hornets.

Jungles will play college hockey at Northern Michigan next fall.

3. Jackson Savoie, forward, St. Cloud Cathedral

Savoie had a nose for the net putting up four goals in the state tournament, including the game-winning goal in the Class A title game in what became the first hockey championship in Cathedral's storied history. 

Dating back to sections, Savoie scored eight goals over the final six games of the season.

It's worth noting that St. Cloud Cathedral had multiple players with great performances over the weekend, like Nate Warner, Jack Smith and goaltender Noah Amundson.

But Savoie had a knack of getting things done in clutch moments so he makes the list.

4. Ben Troumbly, forward, Greenway

Troumbly had a flare for the dramatic, too. His performance in the semifinals was worth it alone. 

With the Raiders' season on the line, Troumbly blasted a rocket of a shot to tie the game with three minutes left to force overtime. 

That video doesn't do justice to the shot. I can speak firsthand that Troumbly's shot was the hardest rip I've seen from a high schooler. 

To no one's surprise, Troumbly netted the game-winner 23 seconds into overtime to send the Raiders to the state championship game.

Troumbly will play at St. Cloud State next fall.

5. Henry Welsch, goalie, Lakeville South

Lakeville South only won one game (out of three) at the state tournament but their goaltender Henry Welsch was a brick wall.

He set a tournament record by making 131 total saves and nearly set the individual record in the Cougars' triple-overtime loss to Eden Prairie in the quarterfinals. 

His 63 saves in the overtime loss was just two saves short of the record set by Apply Valley goaltender Karl Goehring in 1996.

His performance earned him a spot on the Class AA All-Tournament Team. 

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