Hill-Murray tops Woodbury, gets to section final
• SECTION 4 SEMIFINALS: Hill-Murray scored four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory over Woodbury on Wednesday night at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. Dylan Mills and Sean Ryan each had one goal and one assist in the period. Teammate Marko Reifenberger had two goals, the last coming into an empty net with 38 seconds remaining.
• SECTION 8 CHAMPIONSHIP: Tyler McNamara scored an unassisted goal 3 minutes, 5 seconds into overtime as No. 9-ranked Bemidji edged Moorhead 4-3 to earn back-to-back state tournament trips for the first time since 1985 and ’86. Alex Pollock had one goal and two assists for the Lumberjacks.
• SECTION 3 CHAMPIONSHIP: Ben Haugo scored a power-play goal 2 minutes, 8 seconds into overtime as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato surprised Luverne 7-6 in overtime. Teammate Jared Pedersen forced the extra session with his second goal of the game with 35 seconds remaining. Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud each had a hat trick for Luverne.
• SECTION 4 SEMIFINALS: Luke Bonfe scored 6 minutes, 25 seconds in the third period, breaking a 4-4 deadlock and leading Totino-Grace to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over No. 4-ranked Mahtomedi. Teammate Ryan Johnson scored his second goal of the night three minutes earlier to tie it 4-4. He also netted the final goal of the second period. Both teams added a goal in the final six minutes, Mahtomedi’s coming with 22 seconds remaining. Andrew Kangas scored the Zephyrs’ final two goals. Mahtomedi built a 3-0 lead four minutes into the second period. … Devlin McCabe scored the game’s first three goals as St. Paul Academy eliminated South St. Paul 7-1.
• SECTION 7 CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 1-ranked Hermantown will make its seventh consecutive appearance in the state tournament after crushing Hibbing/Chisholm 8-0. Matt Valure had two goals while Jesse Jacques had one goal and two assists in the Hawks’ four-goal first period. Jacques finished with a hat trick and three assists. Hermantown has finished as the state tournament runner-up each of the previous six trips.
• SECTION 2 QUARTERFINALS: It didn’t take long for one of the state’s top 10 teams to fall. Senior center Devin Mays scored on a layup with 1 second remaining in overtime as Prior Lake upset No. 6-ranked Chaska 67-65. Mays finished with nine points. Chaska was on the brink of elimination at the end of regulation when senior guard Jameson Meyer made a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. Meyer paced the Hawks with 26 points.
• SECTION 3 QUARTERFINALS: Burnsville built a double-digit lead in the second half and then held on to upset second-seeded Eastview 70-67. Jason Gumm paced the Blaze attack with a game-high 29 points. … Top-seeded and No. 1-rated Apple Valley cruised past Henry Sibley 106-77 behind Gary Trent Jr.’s 43 points.