Hill-Murray Pioneers survive Eastview Lighning to advance to semifinals

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Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Hill Murray Pioneers, the Class AA number one seed entering the tournament, played host to the unranked Eastview Lightning at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 7, 2013.  The quarterfinal round of the 2013 MSHSL State Boys Hockey Tournament had seen, previously that day, a 1-0 victory by Duluth East over Moorhead and a 9-3 performance by Edina over Lakeville North.

The unranked Eastview Lightning started slow allowing Hill Murray to walk all over them in the first period.  Some brilliant saves by goalie Zachary Driscoll, who had a .942 save percentage in the regular season, kept Eastview in the game.  Hill Murray had goals from Curt LaChappelle and Zach LaValle.  The score at the end of the first period was Hill Murray 2, Eastview 0.

Period two saw Hill Murray add two quick goals in the first 2:34 minutes of the period off the sticks of Colton Greeder and LaValle.  Eastview jumped on the board at the 5:27 minute of the second when Keith Muehlbauer snuck a power play goal past Hill Murray goalie John Dugas.  The Lightning added another even strength goal by Mitchell Cerrato.  The Pioneers added one more goal on the power play when Mitch Slattery shot a tight angled shot that bounced in.

The third period saw Eastview crawl to within two as Brett Schweiger opened the period’s scoring at the 7:20 mark.  Hill Murray added another goal in the eleventh minute to bring the score to 6-3 Pioneers.  That would be the final score in quarterfinal game three from the 2013 MSHSL Mens Hockey Tournament.

The Pioneers will face the winner of the Wayzata vs Centennial game later tonight.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for continued coverage from the Boys Hockey Tournament.

This article is reprinted with permission from The Minnesota Sports Report.  More photos from tonight’s game can be found at The Minnesota Sports Report.

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