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Post-season goes by quickly for boys hockey teams
A pair of frustrating boys hockey seasons came to end on Saturday at Aldrich Arena on Saturday. Both Bulletin-area teams bowed out in the first round of the Section 4AA playoffs.
Irondale/St. Anthony Village
The Knights faced a gargantuan task when they stepped on the ice against top-seeded and third-ranked Hill-Murray. The two-time defending section champion Pioneers had lost just three games all season and that number was the same after facing Irondale.
Hill-Murray started strong by peppering Irondale goaltender Aaron Steiner with 20 shots on goal in the first period. The Pioneers scored in the first two minutes of the game and added three more goals in the final three minutes of the period en route to a 6-0 victory.
Steiner stopped 16 of those 20 first-period shots but fared better in the second and third, when he kept 21 of 23 shots out of the net.
Offensively, the Knights couldn’t generate much. They managed just nine shots on goal.
With the victory, Hill-Murray (23-3) advances to Tuesday’s section semifinals at the State Fair Coliseum against fourth-seeded Roseville.
Irondale finishes its season with a record of 3-21-2.
The Mustangs’ quarterfinal opponent was a familiar one but unfortunately for fifth-seeded Mounds View the outcome was also one it had seen before. Fourth-seeded Roseville beat the Mustangs twice during the regular season and made it three-for-three against Mounds View this season with a 5-1 win on Saturday.
The game was a bit closer than the final score would indicate as Mounds View trailed by just one near the midpoint of the third period. Roseville turned the game into a runaway with three goals in the final 10 minutes.
Following a scoreless first period, Mounds View outshot the Raiders 15-10 in the second but had nothing to show for it but a two-goal deficit. Roseville scored goals 80 seconds apart early in the second period.
Mounds View got one of those back when Matt Hunt beat Roseville goalie Quinn Huff three and a half minutes into the third period. Austin Ramirez picked up the assist and suddenly the Mustangs had new life.
Four minutes later, Roseville’s game-closing onslaught began. The Raiders restored their two-goal cushion as the 7:13 mark of the third and added two more tallies two and eight minutes later.
Roseville’s (16-7-3) win sends it to Tuesday’s semifinals against top-seeded Hill-Murray.
Mounds View wraps up the 2013-14 season with a record of 9-15-2.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 4AA boys hockey playoffs
Semifinals, Tuesday at State Fair Coliseum
Championship, Friday, 9 p.m. at State Fair Coliseum