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Hill-Murray pokes in overtime winner for 3-2 victory over St. Thomas Academy

By Star Tribune, 03/06/20, 11:15PM CST


The Cadets had rallied with two third-period goals to tie the game 2-2 until the Pioneers' Charlie Strobel scored with 22 seconds left in the extra session.

Hill-Murray players celebrated their Class 2A semifinal victory in overtime against St. Thomas Academy. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.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.

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