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Hill-Murray, Blake draw top seeds for girls' hockey state tournament

By PAUL KLAUDA, Star Tribune, 02/13/16, 10:35AM CST


The Pioneers are the defending champion in the Class 2A tournament, which starts Thursday. The Bears reached the title game in Class 1A, which begins play on Wednesday.

Hill-Murray goalie Ava Bailey (1) blocked a shot on goal with her body during the second period of the Class 2A, Section 4 game between the Pioneers and Mounds View on Thursday at Roseville Ice Arena.

Defending Class 2A champion Hill-Murray and Blake, which reached the Class 1A championship game last season, drew the top seeds for the girls’ hockey state tournament next week at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The pairings and seeding of the top five teams in each class were announced Saturday by the Minnesota State High School League.

Class 2A quarterfinals, Thursday

Eastview (18-6-4) vs. #2 Edina (19-7-1), 11 a.m.

Forest Lake (18-7-3) vs. #3 Eden Prairie (19-7-2), 30 minutes after conclusion of 11 a.m. game.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids (21-7) vs. #1 Hill-Murray (27-0-1), 6 p.m.

#5 Lakeville South (20-5-2) vs. #4 Maple Grove (20-5-2), 30 minutes after conclusion of 6 p.m. game.

Click to view the Class 2A bracket

Class 1A quarterfinals, Wednesday

Northfield (19-9) vs. #2 Warroad (23-3-1), 11 a.m.

Alexandria (18-7-1) vs. #3 seed St. Paul United (21-5-1), 30 minutes after conclusion of the 11 a.m. game.

Luverne (20-6) vs. #1 Blake (23-2-2), 6 p.m.

#5 New Prague (17-9-1) vs. #4 Proctor/Hermantown (19-7-1), 30 minutes after conclusion of 6 p.m. game.

Semifinal games are Friday in both classes. The 1A championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. The 2A title game starts at 7 p.m.

Click to view the Class 1A bracket

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