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Hill-Murray players celebrated Sarah Bobrowski's goal in the second period of their quarterfinal game against Eagan Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. JIM GEHRZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Given the rare luxury of shooting on a mostly open net, Hill-Murray’s Brittney Anderson and Jessica Bonfe made sure not to miss.
Their third period goals provided a cushion as the No. 3 seed Pioneers defeated Eagan 6-2 Thursday in their Class 2A quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
On Anderson’s goal, the puck squirted loose from a pileup of bodies in and around the Eagan goal. With much of the right side open, Anderson aimed for the lower corner.
“My heart was racing,” Anderson said. “I was just hoping I wouldn’t miss the net.”
Officials reviewed the play to see if the net was off and whether a Hill-Murray player entered the crease before the puck.
On Bonfe’s goal, Eagan goalie Sophia Lundquist was hugging the post and did not see a quick pass from Becca Zarembinski to a waiting Bonfe.
“I looked up and saw the goalie off to the side,” Bonfe said. “I really didn’t know what was happening.”
Hill-Murray’s Jac Kaasa gave her team a 1-0 lead at 3:08 of the first period. Eagan senior Meagn Wolfe tied the score 1-1 with a shorthanded goal in the second period.
The goal failed to unnerve Hill-Murray, which pumped in the next three goals, starting with Sarah Bobrowski’s 20th of the season and continuing with Anderson and Bonfe.
“We probably beat ourselves more than we got beat,” Eagan coach Tom Younghans said. “But don’t take anything away from Hill-Murray. They out-hustled us and beat us to pucks.”
DAVID LA VAQUE