Roseville firepower too much for White Bear Lake

A hot goaltender wasn't enough to derail the Roseville Area High School girls hockey team in its playoff opener on Friday. The second-seeded Raiders used some star power of their own in defeating seventh-seeded White Bear Lake 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Section 4AA playoffs.

Senior Kate Flug, a Ms. Hockey semifinalist, scored twice for Roseville as the Raiders peppered White Bear junior netminder Angela Hall with 42 shots on goal, half of them coming in the first period.

When the seeds for the section tournament were determined two weeks ago, Roseville head coach Vic Brodt mentioned that first-round upsets wouldn't surprise him and said that his team could be ripe for the picking if Hall could put together another game like the one she had against Mounds View. Hall made 38 saves in a 2-1 upset of the Mustangs on Jan. 29, one day before the 4AA coaches voted on the seeds.

As it turned out, Brodt didn't have anything to worry about. Roseville goalie Brittany Boss won the goaltending battle by stopping 13 of the 14 shots she faced, including all seven that came her way in the second period.

Flug got the Raiders going with a goal 12:24 into the first period on a wrist shot that glanced off the inside of Hall's right leg and into the net. White Bear answered less than two minutes later on a score by Kristi Longendyke and the two teams headed to the locker room knotted at 1-1 after the first period.

The second period turned out to be the turning point and it turned in Roseville's favor. Flug tallied her second goal on a short-handed breakaway and Taylor Henthorne added an insurance goal two minutes later.

The victory moves Roseville into the semifinals on Tuesday at Aldrich Arena against another familiar foe. The Raiders take on third-seeded Stillwater at 6 p.m.

Roseville swept the Ponies in two regular-season meetings with a 4-1 victory on Dec. 22 and a 7-0 drubbing on Jan. 31. Brodt didn't put a whole lot of stock in the 7-0 win considering it came after the section seeds had been announced and there were no Suburban East Conference implications for the game either.

Stillwater advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1 whipping of Tartan on Saturday night.

The second semifinal on Tuesday pits top-seeded Hill-Murray against fourth-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall. Hill-Murray breezed past the St. Paul Blades 9-0 on Friday and Cretin edged North St. Paul 4-2 on Saturday.

Tuesday's winners square off Friday at 8 p.m. at Aldrich for the section title and a trip to next week's state tournament.