Girls State Hockey: Defending AA champ Andover back to Final w/ Semifinal win over Eastview
Andover continued its journey to what the Huskies hope will be a successful state championship defense with a 7-0 victory over Eastview in the Class AA semifinals of the girls hockey state tournament on Thursday, April 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Senior defensemen Madison Clough scored two goals and assisted on two others to propel the top-seeded Huskies (22-0-0) into the big-school championship game for the second consecutive season.
Click the video box on this page to watch extended highlights of the Class AA Girls State Hockey Semifinal between Andover and Eastview
The opponent will be a familiar one. Edina, which defeated Minnetonka 4-0 in the earlier semifinal, will get another chance to top the Huskies with a state championship at stake. In the 2020 state tournament, Andover turned back Edina’s quest for a fourth consecutive crown with a 5-3 victory
Andover displayed its typical offensive potency and smothering defensive dominance in earning an opportunity to end the season with a trophy and blue-ribboned gold medals. The Huskies generated 36 shots on goal in building a 2-0 lead after two periods. Senior forward Madelynn Jurgensen opened the scoring in the first period and then sophomore Madison Brown added to the advantage on a goal in the second period.
The Huskies left little doubt to the outcome when they tacked on two more goals early in the third period. Clough made it 3-0 early in the period and senior forward Peyton Hemp, a Ms. Hockey Award finalist, made it a four-goal margin on a short-handed tally. The goals kept coming, too, as Andover added three more for a five-goal outburst in the third period.
Andover outshot the Lightning (16-5-2), 47-11. The Huskies have surrendered just seven goals this season.
Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League