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Article: 2016 Girls’ State HS Hockey Tournament Day 3: Class A and Class AA Semifinals

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#1 hlrule

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:49 AM

Day three of the girls’ state high school hockey tournament had some competitive contests to show for itself at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Class A semifinals occupied the afternoon session, with the Class AA semifinals in the evening. Here are the semifinal results.Class A semifinal: #3 St. Paul United 4, Warroad 3

Special teams were important in this semifinal matchup. Three of the four goals for St. Paul United came on the power play. Warroad players went to the box for nine penalties. The game-winning goal came with 7:39 left in the third period, off the stick of Joie Phelps. St. Paul United came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to get the victory.

St. Paul United will play in the Class A state final at 4 p.m. Saturday. Warroad will play for third place at 9 a.m.

Class A semifinal: #1 Blake School 5, #4 Proctor/Hermantown 1

Top-seeded Blake is in familiar territory, going back to the state finals for the fourth year in a row. The Bears are in the hunt for their third title in four years. Senior Carly Bullock, who was out for a time in the first period after taking a slash to the throat, came back to tally a hat trick and propel her team past the Mirage. Ms. Hockey finalist Bullock now has 59 goals this season.

Blake will play in the Class A state final at 4 p.m. Saturday. Proctor/Hermantown will play for third place at 9 a.m.

Class AA semifinal: #3 Eden Prairie 1, #2 Edina 0

Eden Prairie got a goal from senior forward Kelly Wolfe and a stellar performance from goaltender Alexa Dobchuk, who made 25 saves to earn the shutout. Edina outshot Eden Prairie 17-8 in the second period as it tried furiously to tie the game.

Eden Prairie will play in the Class AA state final at 7 p.m. Saturday. Edina will play for third place at 11 a.m.

Class AA semifinal: #4 Maple Grove 1, #1 Hill-Murray 0

The Crimson pulled off a huge upset of top-seed and two-time defending state champion Hill-Murray. Despite being outshot 43-15, Maple Grove clung to a 1-0 lead. Junior Taylor Wente scored in the second off a rebound. Goalie Breanna Blesi made 43 saves. The Pioneers saw their 40-game unbeaten streak come to an end. The streak dates back to Jan. 17, 2015, when they lost to – Maple Grove.

Maple Grove will play in the Class AA state final at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hill-Murray will play for third place at 11 a.m.

The championship and third-place games will all be played Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

Random tidbits

- Eastview and team advanced to the Class AA consolation final. They’ll face off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridder Arena.
-Alexandria and New Prague will meet in the Class A consolation final at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ridder.

Check back tomorrow for a recap of day four of the tournament!

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#2 Seth Stohs

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 09:00 AM

I'd say the story of the day came after the Warroad/St. Paul United game when it came out the the ref's wife teaches at one of the St. Paul United schools. Makes the 9 penalties against Warroad to just three against SPU seem a little fishy...


#3 hlrule

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 01:05 PM

I didn't watch that game closely enough (wasn't covering) to tell about the calls being fair or not. It did seem like things got a bit physical and chippy during the game, I will say that. But yeah, just looking at the numbers, nine penalties to three seems like there needs to be some even-up calls, at the very least. :-)

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