February 21, 2018 10:57 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. – In a closely contested MSHSL Class A quarterfinal contest between the No. 4 seed Alexandria Area (21-7) and No. 5 seed St. Paul United (19-10), it was Alexandria prevailing with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
The Cardinals weathered a late surge by St. Paul United, as the United made it a one goal margin in the 17th minute of the third period and held a 6-on-4 advantage in the final 20 seconds. The United were able to get a pair of shots on goal on the power play in a flurry in front of the net with Alexandria goalie Hailee Bailey making clutch saves to preserve the win.
Bailey was superb in goal all night, making 33 saves including numerous kick saves and multiple saves to thwart breakaway opportunities.
It was the United who took the game’s first lead, as Samantha Burke scored in the third minute. Burke had 12 a game-high 12 shots and also assisted on the goal late in the third period, scored by Catherine Kerin.
The lead held until five minutes into the second period when Calley Richardson set up Kristin Trosvig for a pair of goals, first at the 5:00 mark and the second coming late in the second period to take the lead in the 16th minute.
Richardson and Trsovig teamed up to assist McKenna Ellingson for the Cardinals’ third goal in the 10th minute in the third period in what would turn out to be a decisive goal.
In the final tally, it was United with a strong 35-18 shots margin including a game-high 13 in the third period comeback attempt.
Alexandria Area advances to the state semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center against No. 1 Warroad while St. Paul United will play New Ulm in the consolation semifinals on Thursday at noon at Ridder Arena at the University of Minnesota.
Updated: February 21, 2018 10:57 PM
Created: February 21, 2018 10:53 PM
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