White Bear Lake won the Class 2A, Section 4 title after senior goalie Calla Frank stopped 50 shots Friday en route to a 2-0 shutout over Hill-Murray. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
White Bear Lake goaltender Calla Frank was the difference-maker the Bears needed Friday, making 50 saves in a 2-0 victory over No. 1 seed Hill-Murray that gave them their first Class 2A state tournament since 2002.
The No. 2 seed Bears (11-12-3) advanced over the Pioneers in the Section 4 final at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
“I’ve always wanted to beat Hill-Murray because they’ve beat us every time,” said Frank, a senior who has witnessed two section final losses to the Pioneers. “I honestly can’t describe it. I’ve never won something like this at this level, so being able to do that is amazing.”
Though they were outshot 50-17, Frank and the Bears got payback for a 3-2 loss to the Pioneers during the regular season.
Senior forward Olivia Reif scored what proved to be the game-winner with 2:13 left in the second period when she pounced on a loose puck in front of the crease during a scrum.
“I saw it sitting there by the goalie, and I just went full force into it to try to get it in the goal,” Reif said.
White Bear Lake goaltender Calla Frank made 50 saves to lead the Bears to a 2-0 victory over No. 1 seed Hill-Murray and their first state tournament since 2002.
White Bear Lake’s Olivia Reif scored what proved to be the game winner with 2:13 left in the second period when she found a loose puck in front of the net during a scrum and buried it.
The Bears (11-12-3) were outshot 50-17 by the Pioneers (19-6-1) in the Class 2A, Section 4 final Friday at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
In the third period, Bears senior forward Sydney Shearen scored with 6:53 left to give her team a 2-0 lead. Frank held off the Pioneers from there.
The first period ended scoreless with the Pioneers out-shooting the Bears 11-7. Hill Murray killed off 1:47 of a 5-on-3 penalty near the end of it.
Hill Murray had been to the last six state tournaments before this season.
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White Bear Lake goaltender Calla Frank stops a Hill-Murray scoring chance Friday at Aldrich Arena. White Bear Lake defeated Hill-Murray 2-0. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine