State Hockey: Eden Prairie Loses to Hill-Murray in Semifinals

Eden Prairie will play Saturday for third place.

The Eden Prairie girls hockey team lost to Hill-Murray in the state Class AA semifinals Friday night.

Hill Murray beat Eden Prairie 2-1.

A recap according to the Minnesota State High School League: 

The No. 3 seeded Hill-Murray Pioneers upset second seeded Eden Prairie, 2-1, earning a spot in the Class AA championship game on Saturday night. Eden Prairie was on the board first with a first period goal off the stick of sophomore forward Charly Dahlquist. Hill-Murray ninth-grade defender Kezie Prater tied the game with her second period goal. The winning goal was netted by Hill-Murray junior forward Sarah Bobrowski. Junior defender Samantha Boyer earned an assist with each goal. Senior goalie Alexys Woodward and senior forward Paige Freeberg were also each credited with an assist in the game. Hill-Murray advances to the championship game on Saturday night at Excel Energy Center in search of their first-ever state girls’ hockey title.

The Eagles defeated Forest Lake in the state Class AA quarterfinals Thursday. They scored two goals in each period to shut out the Rangers 6-0.

The state championship game will be Saturday: Hill-Murray vs. Minnetonka.

Eden Prairie will play Lakeville North at 4 p.m. Saturday for third place. With six overtimes, Lakeville North and Minnetonka played the longest game in state tournament history. Minnetonka finally won 4-3.

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