State Girls Hockey: Hughes Scores Four, Centennial Routs Eagan in AA Semi

February 23, 2018 11:04 PM

The No. 2 seeded Centennial Cougars (25-3-1) advanced to the AA State Championship game thanks to a resounding 6-1 win over Eagan (23-6-2) Friday evening. 

Centennial did not waste any time scoring in the opening period of play. In fact, senior forward Gabbie Hughes had a natural hat trick before the 12th minute of the period, as she scored all three goals for the Cougars in the opening period to single-handedly gave her team a 3-0 lead. 


Centennial continued to score in the second period, as senior Anneke Linser scored exactly one minute in to the period to extend the Cougars lead to 4-0. Linser also tallied an assist on all three of Hughes goals in the first period before scoring a goal of her own. However, Eagan managed to hold Cenntennial’s potent offense quiet for the remainder of the period and only trailed 4-0 entering the third and final period of play. 

The Wildcats, though, were unable to overcome the deficit, especially when Hughes fourth goal of the game gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead midway through the third period. Allison Pitlick scored Centennial’s sixth and final goal of the game. 

Eagan did manage to cut the lead to 6-1. With three minutes remaining in the period, Lauryn Roszak’s slap shot slipped through the five hole, allowing her to score the Wildcats first goal of the game. It wasn’t enough to spark a rally, though, as Centennial still went on to win by a final score of 6-1. 

With the 6-1 win, the Cougars advance to the AA State Championship Game, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. Eagan will play in the third place game at 11 a.m. Both will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League


Chris Long

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