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Roseville girls hockey tumbles in section semis
The Roseville Area High School girls hockey team saw its streak of consecutive trips to the section final snapped last week. The Raiders couldn’t make it six straight years.
A familiar playoff foe was responsible for the demise of Roseville’s streak. Hill-Murray and the Raiders have squared off the section playoffs in each of the past five seasons but this year was the first time is wasn’t in the section final.
The top-seeded Pioneers ended Roseville’s season by beating the Raiders 4-1 on Feb. 11 at Aldrich Arena. Hill-Murray went on to win the section championship with a 4-1 win over Stillwater on Friday and advance to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
Roseville picked up its only goal of the game when Madison Gaffney scored with two minutes left in the second period off of an assist by Erika Bjorkman. The goal cut Hill-Murray’s lead to 2-1 but the Raiders would get no closer.
Hill-Murray restored its two-goal cushion with a score in the final minute of the second period and added an insurance goal midway through the third.
In addition to its advantage on the scoreboard, Hill-Murray also led on the shot chart. The Pioneers peppered Roseville goalie Brittany Boss with 37 shots while the Raiders managed 19 against Hill netminder Leah Patrick.
Hill-Murray enters the state tournament as the No. 2 seed and plays unseeded Burnsville in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Roseville finishes up its season with a record of 18-9
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.