Frostbitten UMD student cheers on brother at state hockey tournament


Alyssa Lommel was among the many fans who attended the opening day of the state high school hockey tournament.

Lommel, a University of Minnesota-Duluth student who suffered severe frostbite after spending a night in subzero temperatures, resulting in amputations on her hands and feet, cheered on her younger brother, Leo Lommel, who plays for St. Cloud Cathedral, according to KARE 11.

KARE didn't interview Lommel, but video showed her with her hands and feet covered surrounded by family and friends at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul preparing to cheer for her brother.

Leo Lommel said his sister's strength has inspired him.

"Stay strong no matter what. She's really tough. She's probably the toughest out of all of us. She's the only girl in the family so sometimes we can take lessons from her and not just my older brothers," Leo Lommel told KARE.

St. Cloud Cathedral beat Totino Grace, 4-3, in overtime in the Class A quarterfinals Wednesday. Leo Lommel scored the game-tying goal in the second period, which sent the game into overtime, KTSP reports.

St. Paul Cathedral will play East Grand Forks in the semifinals on Friday.

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