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Article: 2016 Girls HS Hockey Tournament Day 1: Class A Quarterfinals

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#1 Giles Ferrell

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:30 AM

The 2016 Girls State High School Hockey Tournament got under way yesterday in St. Paul, with the Class A bracket going through the quarterfinals stage of the tournament. With the exception of one game, it was a bit closer in terms of score in this year's quarterfinals. Lets take a look at the results.#2 Warroad 3, Northfield 0

After a closely contested first period (which produced no goals), the Warriors got on the right track in the second, as they scored all three goals in a span of 5:18. Senior forward Demi Gardner tallied Warroad's first two goals then it was senior Sara Baumann who added the third for good measure. After the shots were 7-7 after the first period, Warroad outshot Northfield 29-5 in the final two periods to close out the victory.

With the win, Warroad moves on to the semifinals on Friday at 11 am and Northfield will play in the consolation semifinals this morning at 10 am.

#3 St. Paul United 2, Alexandria 0

A puck that just snuck under the pads of goaltender Amy Jost, turned out to be the difference in what was a fairly even match after the game's opening marker. Junior Jole Phelps was able to get the only shot of the game past Jost (who played an outstanding game, regardless) to get St. Paul United the 1-0 lead, a lead they would not relinquish thanks to their own solid performance in net from Catherine Johnson. The second goal was scored with 54 seconds left, as Sam Burke was able to put one in the empty net to seal the win.

St. Paul United now moves on to a matchup with Warroad on Friday at 11 AM in the semifinals, while Alexandria will faceoff with Northfield at 10 AM this morning in the consolation semifinals at Ridder Arena.

#1 Blake 10, Luverne 0

As mentioned above, there was one game that was not close during Wednesday's games. This was the one. Blake came out of the gates roaring (no pun intended), and they did not let up throughout. It took 9:26 into the game (and 15 shots) for Blake to get on the board, but once they did, it turned into a rout. A 10 goal, 60 shot performance from the Bears, while only allowing two shots on goal (!!!) from Luverne, proved the point that they were indeed the top team in this tournament.

The Bears move on to play at 1 PM Friday afternoon in St. Paul, while Luverne will play at 12 PM today at Ridder Arena.

#4 Proctor/Hermantown 2, New Prague 1

A tight defensive battle was had in the first period, while neither team was able to score a goal on just the eight combined shots (6-2 for the Mirage). After allowing the game's first goal (New Prague's Catie Skaja with the lone marker), Proctor/Hermantown answered back 51 seconds later as Reilly Albert fired a shot past Sydney Culshaw to even the score. Late in the period, Sophie McGovern scored the eventual game winning goal, as the Mirage were able to lock it down in the third to secure the 2-1 victory.

New Prague moves to the consolation bracket to face Luverne at 12 PM today. Proctor/Hermantown will play Blake at 1 PM on Friday in the semifinals.

Random tidbits

-The announced attendance for the afternoon session (first two games) was 2458, a new State Tournament record.
-Warroad forward Mariah Gardner revealed she has been playing with a broken arm.
-Luverne's Emily Bartles was one save shy of a state tournament record, with 24 in the first period.


Check back tomorrow for a recap of the Class AA quarterfinals!


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#2 bergera

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:38 AM

Was good to see a good showing by Alex. Hopefully they can finish off the tourney strong.

 

Also glad to see there was only one lopsided game as crazy as that game was. wish I would have paid to watch it online, 2 SOG the whole game is messing with my head.


#3 Seth Stohs

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:42 AM

I don't know if Blake's dominant performance "proved they were indeed the top team in this tournament." It proved that they were heads-and-shoulders above Luverne, but they (presumably) will have two more difficult games ahead of them yet... potentially against better competition...

 

Or, maybe they'll outshoot their opponents 60-2 in their next two games too.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:51 AM

Congrats to all the teams & players who have made it this far.  Great accomplishment!

 

Wish all these games were played at Ridder Arena.  Much, much better atmosphere when the building seems packed to the gills than sprinkling a couple thousand in attendance throughout a 19,000 seat arena. 

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 01:56 PM

 

Congrats to all the teams & players who have made it this far.  Great accomplishment!

 

Wish all these games were played at Ridder Arena.  Much, much better atmosphere when the building seems packed to the gills than sprinkling a couple thousand in attendance throughout a 19,000 seat arena. 

 

The venue has certainly been talked about among hockey enthusiasts. It really is tough to see this tournament on such a big stage with such a small crowd. It just doesn't compare to the boys' tourney when it's full of people. Not taking anything away from the game or girls by saying that, it's just the way it is. Attendance for the girls' and boys' tourneys are still far apart from each other.

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#6 Giles Ferrell

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 03:13 PM

On that note, Ridder would not have been big enough for today's games.

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