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Class 2A: Two shorthanded goals help Burnsville get past Eagan

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune , 02/12/20, 9:30PM CST

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Allison Urlaub scored two goals and Aubrey Nelvin scored on a penalty kill in the third period to lead the Blaze to a 3-1 victory and a return to the state tournament for the first time since 2014.

Burnsville's Allie Urlaub (7) races toward the Eagan net on a shorthanded scoring play late in the first period Wednesday night. Urlaub’s goal gave the Blaze a 1-0 lead. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Burnsville's Allie Urlaub (7) races toward the Eagan net on a shorthanded scoring play late in the first period Wednesday night. Urlaub’s goal gave the Blaze a 1-0 lead. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Have fun, Cherie Nelvin told her daughter Aubrey on Wednesday before the Class 2A, Section 3 championship game, and believe in yourself.

Oh, and one more thing: Get me a birthday win.

Aubrey Nelvin, a Burnsville senior forward, did mom one better. She scored a short-handed goal in the third period to key a 3-1 victory.

“This is good for Mother’s Day even,” Cherie said jokingly.

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Burnsville and Eagan skated to a pair of tie games in South Suburban Conference play this season. An unassisted, shorthanded goal from junior Allison Urlaub gave the Blaze a 1-0 first period lead. And a power-play goal by Eagan (14-12-2) senior Jenna Ruiz evened the count after two periods.

Burnsville's Aubrey Nelvin (8) carries the puck into the offensive zone against Eagan Wednesday night. Nelvin’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner in the Blaze’s 3-1 victory over the Wildcats. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Burnsville's Aubrey Nelvin (8) carries the puck into the offensive zone against Eagan Wednesday night. Nelvin’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner in the Blaze’s 3-1 victory over the Wildcats. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First report

Burnsville and Eagan skated to a pair of tie games in South Suburban Conference play this season. One of those girls’ hockey teams had to emerge victorious Wednesday.

A pair of unassisted, shorthanded goals made the difference in a 3-1 Burnsville victory in the Class 2A, Section 3 championship game played at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Inver Grove Heights.

Senior Aubrey Nelvin scored with less than three minutes remaining to clinch the first Blaze state tournament appearance since 2014.

Burnsville (19-7-2) got a first period goal scored shorthanded and unassisted by junior Allison Urlaub.

Check back later for more on the game.

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