In a game with more ups and downs and twists and turns than a Lagoon roller coaster, Murray scored late in the third period to take a thrilling 6-4 victory over Park City Wednesday and capture the state high school hockey championship.
The Spartans battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits then, when they seemed safe with a 4-2 third period lead, the Miners got quick goals from Jack Ehlers and Mark Colaizzi to tie it with 7:09 to play.
Just eight seconds later, Murray sophomore Daxton Nielson scored to give the Spartans the lead again.
"We know that we are a team that can score goals and we know that we are on our wheels every single second of every game," Nielson said. "But we aren't going to win 10-1. Dillon Hale got the goalie out of position and all I had to do was put it in the back of the net."