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Gentry Academy gets power-play goal with 7:21 left to beat Maple Grove

Stars score last two goals to advance to semifinals

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Gentry Academy players celebrate after Jenessa Gazdik scored at 12:43 of the second period to help the Stars tie the game with Maple Grove in the Class AA state girls hockey quarterfinals on Feb. 24, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Gentry went on to win, 2-1.
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ST. PAUL — Gentry Academy kept alive its hopes to play in back-to-back state championship games in two different classes.

Junior forward Campbell Heger, a Sacred Heart commit, scored a power-play goal at 12:39 of the third period and the fifth-seeded Stars held off fourth-seeded Maple Grove for a 2-1 win in the Class AA girls state hockey quarterfinals on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Last season, Gentry Academy reached the Class A state championship game before losing to Proctor/Hermantown.

The Stars (23-6-0) will play top-seeded Andover (28-0-0) at 8 pm. Friday in the semifinals. Andover took second in last year's Class AA state tournament. In the regular season, Andover beat Gentry Academy 5-1 on Nov. 18.

Junior defenseman Jenessa Gazdik, a Minnesota State University-Mankato recruit, scored Gentry's first goal at 12:43 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1.


Junior forward Stella Retrum, a Penn State recruit, scored the first goal of the game at 6:50 of the second period to give the Crimson (20-7-2) a 1-0 lead. Sophomore goalie Dani Strom made 30 saves for Maple Grove.

Junior Zoe Laming made 21 saves for Gentry.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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