New names among Class 2A title contenders, quarterfinals finish with 2 OT thriller
Prior Lake, Maple Grove make school history, only Hill-Murray has a title banner to its name
ST. PAUL -- Playing in the school's first Minnesota boys hockey tournament didn't faze Prior Lake as the Lakers overwhelmed second-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall to open the Minnesota Class 2A boys hockey tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
Alex Bump, who is committed to play for Vermont next season, tallied three goals in the first period for a hat trick. Bump added two more goals, his 45th and 46th of the season, in the third period as the Lakers cruised to a 6-0 win.
The Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders entered as the state's top-ranked team in Class 2A, though they received the No. 2 seed for the tournament.
No. 3 Maple Grove 5, Edina 2
Joshua Giuliani finished with two goals and two assists in Maple Grove’s 5-2 win over unseeded Edina to secure the school's first-ever semifinals appearance .
The Crimson’s Finn Brink traded goals with Edina’s Eddie Revenig in the first period but Landen Gunderson broke the tie 4:50 into the second. Giuliani and Blake Steenerson tacked on two more goals for the Crimson, backed by Toby Hopp’s 29 saves.
No. 1 Hill-Murray 3, Lakeville South 2
The top-seeded Hill-Murray Pioneers received goals from three players and survived a late push by Lakeville South to advance with a 3-2 win.
Tanner Ludtke gave Lakeville a quick lead, striking just 10 seconds into the game. But Hill-Murray received first-period scores from Axel Begley and Leo Gruba, while Gianni Hurley pushed the Pioneers lead to 3-1 with a goal in the second.
Lakeville cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third and had several scoring chances in the final minute of regulation, but Hill-Murray cleared the puck each time to secure the win.
No. 5 Andover 2, No. 4 Moorhead 1 (2 OT)
Gavyn Thoreson scord on a rush when he redirected a pass with his backhand at 11:18 of the second overtime to give Andover a 2-1 win over Moorhead on Thursday night in the Class AA boys state hockey quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center.
On paper, Moorhead held the advantage, but Andover built momentum late in the third period, having a goal waved off in the waning seconds, and carried it into extra time.
Both games will be played at The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
|6 p.m.||Prior Lake vs||No. 3 Maple Grove|
|8 p.m.||Hill Murray vs||Andover/Moorhead|
The semifinal winners will play for the Class A title at 7 p.m. Saturday. The losers will meet for the third-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday.