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No first-time jitters for Prior Lake as Bump scores handful to cruise past Raiders

Mr. Hockey finalist Alex Bump scores five times in 6-0 quarterfinal win

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Prior Lake forward Alexander Bump (19) celebrates his goal against Cretin-Derham Hall during the first period Thursday, March 10, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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ST. PAUL — The first goal may have looked like a fluke, but when Alex Bump scored his next two goals – each as jaw-dropping as they were different in style – it was obvious Bump didn’t rely on luck to score.

Bump, Prior Lake’s senior captain and Mr. Hockey finalist, recorded a hat trick in the first period and finished the day with two more goals in the third period as the unseeded Lakers blew past No. 2 Cretin-Derham Hall 6-0 in the Class AA boys quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, March 10 at the Xcel Energy Center.

“I wasn’t thinking about five goals before the game,” said Bump, who assisted on Prior Lake’s fourth goal. “They just came.

“It’s hard to not let [the attention from opposing defenders] get in the way, but I’ll see it everywhere and I’ll try and not let it get to my head and know I’ll have to do the same thing the next night and the next night after that.”

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Prior Lake forward Alexander Bump (19) puts in his fourth goal of the game against Cretin-Derham Hall during the third period Thursday, March 10, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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The Lakers, making their first tournament appearance in school history, improve to 19-10-0 and will play the Edina/Maple Grove winner in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m.


The five goals Bump scored Friday matched his total from the Section 2AA Tournament. He scored four against Chaska in the championship. The record for goals in a state tournament game is seven by Eleveth's John Mayasich in 1951.

“We played against the best player in the state today,” Cretin-Derham Hall coach Matt Funk said. “And he picked the best day to have the best game.

“I’ve been watching the state tournament a long time and that goes down as one of the best.”

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Prior Lake forward Sam Rice (9) celebrates his goal with teammates against Cretin-Derham Hall during the third period Thursday, March 10, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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The scoring chance that turned into Prior Lake’s first goal seemingly came out of nowhere when Will Schumacher threw the puck from the half wall toward the slot and Bump swooped in to receive the pass in his skates, turn around and shot it past Raiders goalie Marko Belak from the top of the right circle 2:21 into the game.

Just 93 seconds later, Will Emerson connected on a pass to Bump streaking down the nearside boards, brought the puck in close on the backhand, switched to forehand and flipped it over Belak’s right shoulder.

Two shots. Two goals. That was four minutes into the game and he wasn’t even close being done. He completed the hat trick at the 14:17 mark, setting aside the finesse parts of his skillset to show the power of his shot.

Bump slapped home a one-timer feed from Sam Rice, which led to a few handfuls of hats thrown onto the ice.

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“I think it’s insane for him to come out and feel that comfortable on the ice,” Schumacher said.


“He’s brought us here and he’s been a good teammate along the way.”

As much as Bump dazzled on the offensive end, senior goaltender Trevor Boschee was perfect in net for the Lakers.

“As a goaltender, it’s nice to see your team get the puck deep early and start dominating early,” Boschee said. “It gives you a good mental state. It helps me in net to calm down a little bit and when you have ‘D’ flying around and blocking shots, it helps knowing your team is giving their all.”

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Prior Lake defenseman Justin Simonson (5) skates the puck away from the goal after a shot by Cretin-Derham Hall forward Devin Cardenas (7) during the first period Thursday, March 10, 2022, in the State Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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Boschee finished with 22 saves, perhaps none more important or entertaining than the ones he made amid a flurry in the crease as the desperate Raiders tried to get back in the game in the first period. Boschee ended the threat when he scooped the puck off the ice.

Belak, a Frank Brimsek Award finalist, finished with 27 saves for Cretin-Derham Hall.

The second period went scoreless, but not without Grade-A chances for each team (Bump hit the post five minutes in).

Bump and Co. put to rest any chance of a comeback with two goals in the third, the first of which was scored by Rice but created by Bump. After he used a toe drag to avoid one CDH defender, Bump circled behind the net and slid a cross-ice pass across the zone to Rice, who buried the one-timer.

Bump scored twice more, a garbage goal on the doorstep and later on a breakaway, forcing the game to finish on running time for the final four minutes.


“I think you have to pay just as much attention to my linemates, too,” said Bump, whose offensive surge Thursday leaves him with 46 goals and puts him in the lead for goals scored among Class AA teams.

“We’re a dangerous line so I think It’s going to be hard for teams to stop us.”

This story was been updated at 8:32 p.m. to correct the state tournament record for number of goals scored by a single player.

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