Hill-Murray players celebrated their Class 2A semifinal victory in overtime against St. Thomas Academy. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky • email@example.com
An extra period of hockey was required. But Saturday’s Class 2A championship game is set.
Hill-Murray defeated St. Thomas 3-2 in overtime of the second semifinal Friday at Xcel Energy Center on a goal scored by Charlie Strobel with 21.4 seconds left.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Strobel said. “This is a tight group so it felt great to get it in the back of the net.”
Pioneers coach Bill Lechner said watching the team's emotional leader score a big goal was “really cool. Charlie is the heartbeat of our team.”
No. 4 seed Hill-Murray (21-6-3) toppled St. Thomas Academy (19-9-2) and advances to the championship game for the 11th time in program history and first since 2013. The Pioneers are 3-7 in title games with their last victory coming in 2008. They will face Eden Prairie, runner-up last season.