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Hughes tallies four goals as Centennial reaches first 2A title game

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 02/23/18, 8:15PM CST


Ms. Hockey finalist Gabbie Hughes notched a hat trick in the first period in the Cougars' 6-1 victory over Eagan.

Centennial's Gabbie Hughes (7) had a four-goal game to help lead her team to a 6-1 victory over Eagan in the Class 2A semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

Centennial’s Filthy and McNasty came to play.

The Cougars’ Ms. Hockey finalists, Anneke Linser and Gabbie Hughes, powered their team’s 6-1 state tournament semifinal victory against Eagan on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

Filthy (Linser) tallied a goal and assisted on three of four goals by McNasty (Hughes). The nicknames, bestowed by goalie coach David Cole, are hockey lingo for players with great skill, deft hands and proficiency for scoring in bunches.

That’s Linser and Hughes, the top-scoring tandem (155 points) in Class 2A.

First report

Centennial dispatched Eagan 6-1 on Friday in a Class 2A state tournament semifinal at Xcel Energy Center.

The No. 2 seed Cougars (25-3-1) got four goals from Ms. Hockey finalist Gabbie Hughes, who also was the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.

Centennial advances to play in the program’s first state title game. The Cougars will face the winner of the second semifinal Friday between No. 1 seed Edina of No. 5 Eden Prairie.

Hughes tallied a first period hat trick.

Centennial defeated Eagan 5-4 on Nov. 25.

Check back later for more on the game.

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