Cougars Support Out in Full for State Send-off
Mankato, MN-- The Mankato East Loyola girls hockey team's magical season continues this week as the squad tries to bring home a state title.
Rob Clark caught up with some fans before the big tourney.
The Cougars hit the ice in the Class A state tournament this Wednesday, but before all that, Mankato East/Loyola needed a proper send–off.
"I'm really excited for them, I hope they win the trophy. If they would, I would pee in my pants," said Kellen Prange, Cougars fan.
"It's fun because when you see them score, you get to cheer, and it's fun to be there," said Penny Gorman, Cougars fan.
"The girls have worked so hard to do this, all summer long, running that MSU hill, running the steps at the football stadium, it's all paying off for them," said Nancy Adams, Cougars parent/fan.
"It's fun to watch them play, they have good sportsmanship, they don't showboat or anything," said Gorman.
"We've proven that we can compete with anybody," said Adams.
"I like how they've been beating all the teams," said Prange.
The unseeded Mankato East/Loyola Cougars open up the Class A state tournament with a quarterfinals match–up against unbeaten and third seeded Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian White Hawks.
"I know that they barely beat Hutch, and we beat Hutch, we're going in with a positive attitude, and we're going to do it," said Adams.
"It's going to be tough, obviously they're undefeated, I know they have a really good goalie, the good part of our team is we get pucks on net, and when you do that, anything can happen," said Chuck Keller, Cougars parent/fan.
The Cougars have experience when it comes to playing at the Xcel Energy Center, just two years ago, Mankato East/Loyola went to the state tournament for the first time in program history.
"It was awesome to go the first time and it's even better going the second time around knowing we have seven seniors that are going to enjoy that trip more than any," said Adams.
Puck drops between Mound Westonka and Mankato East/Loyola at one at the Xcel Energy Center. We'll take a look at some of those highlights on KEYC News 12.