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Published March 04, 2013, 09:43 PM

Green Wave Roll to State Tournament

East Grand Forks is headed to the state tournament for the first time in 11 years.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

Business as usual. That is the motto for the East Grand Forks boys hockey team going into the state tournament.

"We come to the rink as professionals. You know, it's our job to come here and get better," said Green Wave captain Tommy Hajicek.

That attitude has been consistent all season, along with the Green Wave’s wins piling up-The biggest coming last Thursday night beating Warroad in the Section 8A championship.

"It was completely unreal. It was a blast. You know, throwing your gloves in the air-there is no better feeling," claimed Hajicek.

The two-nothing shut out of the Warriors rolled the Wave into the state tournament, their first trip in eleven years.

Green Wave junior Eddie Eades said,"I'm real excited. It's something that I've looked forward to my whole life, it's something that every kid in Minnesota dreams of."

The team is taking it one step at a time but the goal is simple.

Hajicek, "Well it's go down there and win three hockey games. We're going to go down there, take it one game, one period at a time and hopefully come out of there with a championship."

East Grand Forks head coach Tyler Palmiscno, "I think we're past the point of celebration and excitement of last Thursday. We tried to move past that as quickly as possible and now we're just focused at the task at hand."

That being making dreams come true.

Palmiscno, "Every kid in Minnesota dreams of playing in this tournament and it's the greatest amateur sporting event in the country for a reason and we're excited to be a part of it."

The four-seed Green Wave play the five-seed Rochester Lourdes in the late game Wednesday night.