Panthers win with Freshmen
Henry Enebak starred for Lakeville South as a youth..Thursday he was a hero for Lakeville North
The youth movement in Minnesota hockey continues. With the departure of 40+ key players to junior hockey, opportunities for glory at the high school level are abound. Henry Enebak and Jake Oettinger, both Freshmen played key roles for the Panthers.
Enebak, who played his youth hockey at rival Lakeville South, scored on a quick wrist shot past Ryan Anderson to lift Lakeville North to the state semifinals. Oettinger, who played his youth hockey in Farmington, made 29 saves..several on Roseau transiton plays lead by Zach Yon from Roseau.
After a scoreless first period, the Rams got on the board first when Yon fired a wrist shot wide side off of Oettinger's pad and Alex Halstengard buried it into the open net. That was Halstengard's 20th goal of the season. The senior winger had several great opportunities that did not convert.
Minutes later in the second, a feat that has never been accomplished in the State High School Hockey Tournament. Three brothers all tallied their name on the same goal. Jack Poehling buried a rebound and brother's Ryan and Nick got credit on the assist.
As the game progressed, the Rams started to show signs of fatigue. Despite being outplayed in the third, both teams had great chances to win it in regulation. Rams Goalie, Ryan Anderson came up big on a Jack Poehling slapper and Oettinger made a glove save on Zach Yon.
On the second shift of the extra session, Enebak got a loose puck after super Soph Max Johnson won the draw and smoked it past Anderson off the back inside bar and a massive post victory celebration.
After the game, YHH caught up with Enebak and asked what it felt like to go from a Bantam this year to a hero on the state's biggest stage? "It's unbelievable, (after scoring the goal) I guess I was kinda lucky.."