When Centennial junior Alexander Brouillet was younger, his punishment for misbehaving was to hit the road and run.
“My dad used to always wake me up before elementary and middle school (to run),” he said. “I ran miles whenever I got in trouble with teachers.”
Authority figures weren't the only people prodding Brouillet.
Alexander Brouillet tallied four assists to help fourth-seeded Centennial secure its first state tournament appearance since 2009 following an 8-6 victory over second-seeded Duluth in the Section 7 final Wednesday afternoon at Park Center High School.
After giving up the game’s opening goal, the Cougars (9-5) scored four unanswered to hold a three-goal advantage at halftime. It was a lead they never relinquished in the second half.
Brouillet powered Centennial's offense early in the game, assisting on two Brady Partington goals and adding another on a goal by Jordan Rodriguez to account for the Cougars' first three goals.
Duluth attackman Jayden Erie led all scorers with three goals, including two in the fourth quarter. The first of the sophomore's late-game goals pulled the Wolfpack (14-2) to within one with 7:11 to play in the game.
However, Centennial kept Duluth at bay by adding two more goals -- the second off Brouillet's final assist of the game.
Erie's third goal came with 27 seconds remaining to make the final margin of defeat two goals.
Cougars goalie Matt Sanchez stopped 12 of 18 shots for the win while Wolfpack goaltender Nick Madden made eight saves.
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