Edina, Hill-Murray to meet for 2A hockey title

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2013 - 1:15 AM

Hill-Murray used two late goals to foil Wayzata and will face Edina, which also benefited from a late rally.

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Jacob Olson (18) and Davis Zarembinski (7) celebrated a goal by Zarembinski in the third period Friday that helped No. 1 Hill Murray beat Wayzata 2-1.

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Top-ranked and No. 1 seed Hill-Murray came back to defeat No. 4 seed Wayzata for a 2-1 victory in Friday’s Class 2A boys’ hockey state tournament semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center, earning a spot against Edina in the title game Saturday.

Trailing 1-0 until the second half of the third period, the Pioneers got goals from Davis Zarembinksi and Ryan Black less than three minutes apart. Wayzata fired a few late shots on goal but none found their mark.

Saturday’s title game against Edina is a rematch of the 2008 championship game, a 3-0 Hill-Murray victory.

Wayzata coach Pat O’Leary considers his team one of the state’s best in the third period but Hill-Murray proved its resiliency as well.

“What did I tell them in the third period? Nothing,” Hill-Murray coach Bill Lechner said. “The seniors ran the show. These guys never quit. They believe and I’m happy for them.”

Wayzata’s Chase Haller scored on a power-play goal at 6:44 of the second period. Haller negated an earlier Trojans power-play goal after getting called for a goal crease violation.

Wayzata senior goaltender Aaron Dingmann set an early tone for his strong evening, stopping a puck that had been passed between three Pioneers players in quick succession.

He later made a save on a Pioneers’ 2-on-1 charge, drawing chants of “Ding-er” from the Trojans’ student section.

“He’s the real deal but we knew if we kept getting shots we could crack him,” Black said.

Hill-Murray finally got on the board at 9:33 of the third period.

Zarembinksi, who scored the lone goal of the Pioneers’ section final victory against White Bear Lake, shot a puck past Dingmann.

Black added one that gave Hill-Murray a 2-1 lead at 12:30.

“We played well the first part of the third but we allowed them to get shots that teams don’t normally get against us,” O’Leary said.



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