Edina 7, Roseau 3
Seven different players scored for second-seeded Edina and
Connor Girard made 19 saves as the Hornets (21-6-2) blasted Roseau 7-3 to open
the big-school State Hockey Tournament.
Roseau (22-6-1) led 2-1 just 2 minutes, 47 seconds into the
second period thanks to a goal by standout Adam Knochenmus, but Edina scored
four straight before the end of the middle frame and never looked back.
Final shots for the game were 39-22 in favor of the Hornets,
who advance to play in the AA semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
Apple Valley 2,
Adam Robson netted the game winning goal with 1 minute, 15
seconds left in the second, and Aaron Gretz made 30 saves as the Apple Valley
Eagles (18-11) knocked off third-seeded Blaine 2-0 Thursday afternoon.
The Eagles were being outshot 21-6 at one point in the
contest, but tenacious defensive zone coverage and a hot goaltender were enough
to send the Bengals (21-5-3) to the Class AA consolation round. Apple Valley will play Edina at 6 p.m.
Lakeville North 1
Top-ranked Minnetonka showed why they are the trendy pick to
win the big-school tournament against Lakeville North in the evening session’s
opening game. The Skippers, let by
future D-I players Troy Hesketh (Wisconsin), Justin Holl (Minnesota), Andrew
Prochno (St. Cloud State) and Max Gardiner (Minnesota) scored six times on 48
shots against the Panthers, propelling them into the Class AA semifinals.
In goal, Jim Kruger was busy, stopping 29 Lakeville North
shots, including a handful of highlight reel saves in the second and third
The Hounds from Duluth East led 2-0 and 3-2, but couldn’t
keep fourth-seeded Hill-Murray from taking advantage of Greyhound
mistakes. The Pioneers scored two
goals in under a minute twice during the game, and put the game away thanks to
a Jack Walsh marker with 11 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the third period
to seal them a 5-3 win and a spot in Friday’s Class AA semifinals.
Duluth East (19-5-4) outshot Hill Murray 23-16 for the game,
but goalie Tim Shaughnessy stopped the Hounds’ last efforts to force overtime. He had 13 saves in the final two
periods after giving up three goals on 10 shots in the first.
The Pioneers (25-2-1) will play top-ranked Minnetonka in
tomorrow night’s semifinal finale.
The morning session attendance for Thursday was
16,538, and the evening session drew 17,223 spectators for a daily total of 33,761.
The Minnesota State High School League announced
that the 5 millionth fan to attend the State Hockey Tournament walked through
the gates at Xcel Energy Center for the evening session Thursday. Since 1970, the tournament has drawn
near or above 100,000 fans every year.