Greenway’s Donte Lawson commits to play at Bemidji State

Greenway Raiders Donte Lawson (13) skates with the puck down ice in the second period against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters during section 7A boys hockey semifinals at Amsoil Arena on Saturday. Tyler Schank / The RInk Live

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COLERAINE, Minn. — Life is pretty good right now for Greenway senior Donte Lawson, who announced late Tuesday, March 19, that he committed to play hockey for Bemidji State University.

Lawson scored the game-winner in double overtime of the Section 7A final at Amsoil Arena, hours after his brother Dominik underwent successful kidney transplant surgery. The goal propelled the Raiders, who were just 12-13 to end the regular season, over Hermantown and reach the program’s first state tournament since 2001.

At Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Lawson totaled four goals and five assists as Greenway stole the spotlight at the state boys’ tournament and streaked streaking to the championship game, where the Raiders finally fell, 5-2 to St. Cloud Cathedral. He earned the Herb Brooks Award — given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the iconic coach’s values, characteristics, and traits — for the performance among Class A schools.

Lawson debuted with the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League last week, producing a highlight-reel goal that lit up social media.

On Tuesday, he announced his commitment to play Division I hockey at Bemidji State.

Beavers coach Tom Serratore, a Coleraine native and ex-Raider, is getting an offensively gifted player who tallied 37 goals and 34 assists for Greenway this season. Lawson, lauded for his hands and ability to control the puck, ended his three-year prep career with 180 points — 95 goals and 85 assists.

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