Anyone who lives in North Dakota can relate to the feeling of excitement that I feel whenever the state gets a mention nationally, even if North Dakota comes up on a Jeopardy clue. If you’re not from here, that might sound hilarious, but trust me, it’s a big deal.
Thus, I was very excited today to see a high school hockey player from the high school I graduated from receive national attention for a goal he scored last night.
Let me set the stage: Crosstown rivals Century High and Bismarck High are facing each other in the final week of the regular season. Century won the previous meeting 2-1, and Bismarck is looking to get even. Bismarck needs a win to stay in the race for first place in West Region regular-season play, a spot Century currently holds. Century senior Alec Rauhauser is playing his final high school game at the VFW Sports Center, the rink Century calls home.
With Century tied 1-1 in the first period of such a critical game, Rauhauser scored this sick lacrosse-style goal:
Century went on to win the game 5-4 in overtime, due in large part to Rauhauser. He earned a hat trick by scoring the game-tying goal with 1:23 remaining in regulation and had the primary assist on Christopher Brown’s overtime winner.
After the game, Rauhauser explained his inspiration for the goal to the Bismarck Tribune’s Lou Babiarz:
“I saw that on a video before — Mikael Granlund, this guy from Finland,” Rauhauser said with a smile. “They just let me set up behind the net, and I decided to pick it up with my backhand and go upstairs.”
Rauhauser is referring to this goal scored by current Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund for Finland in the 2011 IIHF World Championship semifinal versus Russia:
Expect to see more of Rauhauser in the future, as he moves on to juniors and college. He is listed #196 on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings of North American skaters.
UPDATE 12 a.m. 2/7/13: Rauhauser’s goal made #2 on the SportsCenter Top 10.