Updated: March 29, 2021 11:25 PM
Created: March 29, 2021 11:09 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Dodge County boys hockey team is making program history as they gear up for their first-ever trip to the state tournament.
The Wildcats are 17-3-1 this season, and are coming off a thrilling 4-3 section championship win over Mankato West.
"It was really exciting. I was a little bit speechless," Dodge County Head Coach Nick Worden said. "It's exciting to see our program on the map. And I think there's a lot of really cool things to come for Dodge County hockey."
Getting to go to state is a milestone for the Wildcats, one the current players know they didn't accomplish on their own.
"We look at it way bigger than just our team making it cause we've done this for the people that played earlier, that built this program for us," junior Matt Donovan said.
Now the team is turning their sights to play top-seeded Hermantown on Tuesday. The Hawks announced Monday that most of their varsity roster is in quarantine because of COVID-19, so it will be mostly junior varsity players suiting up against the Wildcats. Regardless, Dodge County knows that every second at state must be played at 100 percent.
"Making it is one thing but competing at state is a whole nother level and we just want to go out there and show people who Dodge County is - put us on the map. It's going to be a thrilling experience," junior Isaac Dale said.
In a year where everything has been chaotic, the Wildcats are gracious for the opportunities they've had this season, and are excited for the experiences they will have at state.
"Obviously playing in the X, seeing how far we can go. Skating up to the camera with my hair, I think that's going to be pretty fun," junior Brody Lamb said.
The Wildcats dyed their hair blonde as a team, looking for their "hockey hair" to stand out at state.
Dodge County plays Hermantown Tuesday at 6 pm.
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