Thursday, March 7, 2013
By Staff Report
St. Paul, Minn.
2-Duluth East 1, Moorhead 0
By Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune
Mike Randolph didn’t pull any punches after his Duluth East team lost a 5-4 regular-season game to crosstown rival Denfeld, chewing out his defense and goaltender with equal fervor for playing with a lack of focus.
“He told me I had to keep my head in the game and I knew it, the team knew it,” senior goalie Dylan Parker said Thursday. “I started playing more confidently and let (the defense) know I was going to make those saves when I had to.”
Parker only needed to make 12 saves Thursday, but those included a couple of game-saving stops in the third period of East’s 1-0 victory over Moorhead in a Minnesota Class AA high school boys hockey state tournament quarterfinal in front of 16,005 spectators at Xcel Energy Center.
The second-seeded Greyhounds (25-4), winners of 17 straight since that loss to Denfeld, advance to play No. 3 seed Edina (23-6) in a semifinal at 6 p.m. today. The Hornets blasted Lakeville North 9-3. Click here to read the full story.
3-Edina 9, Lakeville North 3
By Lexi Pluym, Pioneer Press
Expectations were high for Connor Hurley entering the 2012-13 season, and for most of the season the Edina junior center lived up to them.
He led the Hornets with 17 goals and 30 assists during the season but fell into a bit of a funk when he failed to score in nine of the 13 games leading up to Edina's seventh straight appearance in the state boys hockey tournament.
Hurley showed all is well Thursday, March 7, coming up with three goals and an assist in Edina's 9-3 rout of Lakeville North in a Class 2A quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center.
"Our expectations for him are a lot different than some of the other high-point players," Edina coach Curt Giles said. "He's taken his game to another level. He plays so strong. He moves the puck, he shares the puck, he's a team player, and those are the bonuses of a high-end player."
Giles had lots of help Thursday. Dylan Malmquist scored two goals, and Bo Brauer, Andy Jordahl, Matt Masterman and Anthony Walsh had one apiece for the third-seeded Hornets (23-6), who advanced to a semifinal game Friday against Duluth East (25-4). Click here to read the full story.
1-Hill-Murray 6, Eastview 3
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press
Their once-comfortable lead threatened, the Hill-Murray boys hockey team could have moved in one of two directions:
The top-seeded Pioneers could have tensed up and hung on for dear life as Eastview made a late run at them Thursday, March 7, in the Class 2A quarterfinals of the Minnesota high school boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.
Or the Pioneers could accept that their opponents had found their legs, adjusted their focus and no longer were distracted by the bright lights of the biggest stage in Minnesota prep hockey.
"We knew what we had to do,'' Hill-Murray senior forward Zach LaValle said. "We had to keep on our system. We pulled it back together, got back to what got us here, the things that have been working. Why change anything?''
The Pioneers answered that question by choosing not to buckle. Click here to read the full story.
4-Wayzata 2, 5-Centennial 1
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press
Wayzata was 75 seconds away from playing in the consolation round of the state boys hockey tournament. But the Trojans hung around long enough to make their move, and they're in the Class 2A semifinals.
Wayzata completed a stunning rally when Chase Heising scored with 3:59 remaining in overtime to lift the Trojans to a 2-1 victory over Centennial in the last big-school quarterfinal game Thursday, March 7, at the Xcel Energy Center.
Heising's point-blank shot over Centennial goalie Patrick Munson sent the Trojans into Friday night's semifinals against top-ranked Hill-Murray.
"For us, it wasn't enough for us to just get to the tournament,'' Heising said. "We tried to stay calm. We knew we were the better team.''
Heising said he saw the puck sitting alone in front of him. Click here to read the full story.