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Hill-Murray knocks off top section seed White Bear Lake

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/02/18, 8:45PM CST


The Pioneers got two goals from sophomore forward Henry Eischen en route to a 3-1 victory and the Class 2A, Section 4 title.

Hill-Murray's Henry Eischen (6) reacts after scoring his second goal of the game in the second period against White Bear Lake on Friday in the Class 2A, Section 4 final at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

Hill-Murray and White Bear Lake went five years without a post-season scrap before Friday’s Class 2A, Section 4 championship game.

Not much has changed in one of the state’s best rivalries. About 4,000 fans packed Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, Hill-Murray’s home rink, with the final state tournament spot on the line.

The Pioneers came through with a 3-1 upset victory of No. 5 White Bear Lake, their eighth victory in the teams’ past 10 postseason meetings.

First report

A great rivalry gone dormant by a lack of playoff action came alive Friday as Hill-Murray faced White Bear Lake for the Class 2A, Section 4 title.

The Pioneers, playing on their home ice at Aldrich Arena, hustled to a 3-1 upset of the No. 5-ranked Bears and clinched the final 2A state tournament spot.

Hill-Murray has ended White Bear Lake’s season eight times in the teams’ past 10 postseason meetings, though Friday was their first tilt since 2013.

Sophomore forward Henry Eischen scored twice for the Pioneers.

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