First goal wins? These two teams take tremendous pride in their ability to play suffocating defense, which means scoring will likely be at a premium.
Hill-Murray (7-2-0) has scored more than three goals just twice this season. Wayzata (6-3-0) has been much more explosive than in recent years, scoring seven, seven, and eight goals during one recent three-game stretch. The No. 10-2A Trojans are, however, coming off Saturday’s 7-0 loss to No. 3-2A Eden Prairie.
Senior defenseman Joe Palodichuk leads No. 8-2A Hill-Murray in scoring with 11 points, with 10 of those being assists. Junior Anthony Madigan is the top goal scorer with five tallies. Junior goaltender Nick Erickson, in his first season as a starter, has three shutouts among his six victories.
Senior Jake Keller is in the midst of an outstanding season for the Trojans. He has 19 points, including 10 goals, to lead Wayzata. Junior Gavin O’Connell has 13 points. Senior Carson Peters (13 points) leads the defensemen in scoring.