Hill-Murray used two late goals to foil Wayzata and will face Edina, which also benefited from a late rally.
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.
|Texas - WP: N. Martinez||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi||4|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||3||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||4|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||5|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||8||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Atlanta - LP: D. Carpenter||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: M. Melancon||3|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||5||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Huff||2|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Rasmus||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||3|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||6||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||3||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||7|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||3|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||4||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi||3|
|Cleveland - WP: T. House||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0|
|Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy||2||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||5|
|San Diego||4||Bottom 8th Inning|
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|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
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|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
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|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|