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Published March 08, 2012, 08:19 PM

Fans, Players Excited as TRF Prowlers Head to State

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Many hockey fans in Thief River Falls will be glued to their TVs on Friday afternoon. That's when the boy's high school hockey team plays in a state semifinal game.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Many hockey fans in Thief River Falls will be glued to their TVs on Friday afternoon.

That's when the boy's high school hockey team plays in a state semifinal game.

The hockey teams aren't strangers to state tournament ice. They made it to St. Paul last year and in 2006.

"It's never old to be going to the state tournament. It's a lot of excitement in the community," Thief River Falls mayor Steve Nordhagen said.

Nordhagen made a trip down to the twin cities when the team played last year.

"It was like a class reunion. I seen so many people that I haven't seen for so long it was just a great time. So yes you do notice in the community a l lot of people are gone," Nordhagen said.

At Lincoln High School, fan buses are provided. Three buses went down to the game and back on Wednesday. Another one will leave for the semifinal game Friday morning.

"A lot of traveling there and back. The kids are good and they are excited to be down there," Lincoln High School teacher Jeff Mumm said.

Fans not making the trip to watch in person say they will likely be watching the broadcast.

"It's just so much fun to watch. And once you are in there, it gets in your blood. It's so exciting," hockey mom Jennifer Nelson said.

Manager of the Thief River Falls American Legion Jim Barry says the games will be good for business.

"We have got cable here. So a lot of people who live out of town who have Dish Network that can't get the game came here. So we had a pretty full house," Barry said.

Making it to the state tournament might seem common in Thief River Falls, but no one here is taking it for granted. Prior to 2006, 41 years separated Prowler appearances at the state tournament. John Olson was on that team.

"It's a big deal for Thief River to go, or any team to go to the state tournament. We were down there in 1965. You are treated well and you enjoy everything down there," Olson said.

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