Hill-Murray senior goalie Alexys Woodward (30) and junior defense Samantha Boyer (13) try to stop Eagan from scoring during the state quarterfinal. Woodward had 19 saves in the 6-2 win Thursday afternoon and tallied 60 saves over the 3-days at Xcel.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers entered the 2013 Minnesota State High School girls’ hockey tournament for the second time with high hopes.
The opening round play of Section 4AA boys’ hockey action Feb. 23 saw Hill-Murray (1), White Bear Lake (2), Stillwater (3) and Roseville (6) advance to semifinal action that was played Feb. 26 at the State Fair Coliseum Feb. 26.
As the only team in the Class AA state girls hockey tournament that wasn’t the No. 1 seed in its section, Irondale faced a tough challenge last week at the Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena. Producing goals proved to be the most difficult task as the Knights suffered a pair of shutouts in the tournament.
The defending champion Mounds View Mustangs won seven of 12 events at the Section 5AA swimming and diving championship at the Minnetonka East Middle School pool on Saturday. The Mustangs had some impressive performances on the afternoon but Wayzata’s depth was too much for the locals to overcome. The Trojans won the meet with 541 points to runner-up Mounds Viewís 425.
The road to the boys high school hockey tournament kicked off last week but the trip was a short one for Mounds View and Irondale/St. Anthony Village. Both squads lost their playoff openers on Saturday night.
The wrestling teams from Irondale and Mounds View high schools emerged from Saturday’s Section 5AAA individual tournament with three state entrants each. All six will compete starting Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
As the march through the high school winter sports post-season continues, the next sport to kick off section playoffs is girls basketball. All three Bulletin-area high school teams are in action on Thursday.