Boys Hockey: Top-Seed Minnetonka Handles Hill-Murray in AA Quarterfinals

March 08, 2018 10:13 PM

No. 1 seed Minnetonka (25-2-2) extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 6-2 win over Hill-Murray (13-12-4) in the 2018 MSHSL Class AA Boys’ Hockey Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center.

The Skippers move to the state semifinals in their sixth state tournament appearance and will face the No. 5 Centennial/No. 4 St. Thomas Academy winner on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center while the Pioneers will play the loser of that matchup in the consolation semifinal on Friday at 10 a.m. at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.

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The game started as efficiently as a hockey game can, with the first three shots resulting in goals as Minnetonka started the scoring in the third minute. Hill-Murray answered nearly a minute and a half later in the fifth before the Skippers responded just over another minute and a half later in the sixth minute.

Minnetonka never relinquished the lead, and after mounting a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first period, Hill-Murray came back with a goal in the seventh minute to cut the margin to a two goal game.

Just like in the first period, Minnetonka responded quickly to the Pioneers’ goal, this time scoring even quicker just 25 seconds later at 6:29 of the second period for a 5-2 lead.

Six different Skippers posted two or more points in the game led by junior defensemen Grand Docter and Josh Luedtke who each distributed three assists. Sophomore forward Bobby Brink had the only two goal game while Matt Koethe, Josh Leheit and Joe Molenaar each had a goal and an assist.

Michael Fleischhacker and Joseph Quast scored the two goals for Hill-Murray.

Junior goalie Charlie Glockner had a strong day in the net for the Skippers with 22 saves.

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