White Bear Lake downs rival Hill-Murray for first State Hockey bid since 2011

March 01, 2019 11:46 PM

In the 85th all-time meeting between the two rivals - 16th in a Section Championship game - White Bear Lake held on for a 3-2 win over Hill-Murray that sends the Bears back to the State Boys Hockey Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' extended highlights of the Section 4AA Championship between White Bear Lake and Hill-Murray including postgame interviews and the Bears locker room celebration

First period goals by Blake Meister and Lleyton Roed staked White Bear out to a 2-0 lead through one.

Hill-Murray's Matthew Fleischhacker cut the Bears lead to 2-1 7:11 into the second.  That goal, and a power play shortly after had the Pioneers riding a huge momentum boost.

But the games' biggest moment turned things 180-degrees.

After Hill-Murray had a solid scoring chance on White Bear goalie Evan Foss, the Bears top scorers engineered a game-changing moment.

Meister raced up the right side with the puck, gained the zone and spotted Chase Bill crashing straight down the slot.  Meister fed Bill, who made a deft deke to his backhand and slid the puck under Pioneer goalie Remington Koepple.

Bill's shorthanded goal came 1:14 after Hill-Murray had cut the lead to one, pushed the Bears lead back up to 3-1, and turned out to be the eventual game-winner.

Hill-Murray's Henry Eischen scored late to make it a one-goal game with 1:15 left.

But as the horn sounded, White Bear Lake held on for a 3-2 win.

It's the Bears 5th win in 16 Section Final meetings with Hill-Murray and gives them their 19th all-time trip to the State Tournament.  They are still seeking their first-ever State Quarterfinal victory.

They'll open play in the Class AA Quarterfinals on Thursday.  Seedings will be announced Saturday morning.

Catch all the Boys State Hockey Tournament games live on 45TV or live stream them for free on Prep45.com.

Statistical credit for the Hill-Murray / White Bear Lake all-time series notes to HMPioneers.net

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Chris Long

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