Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2019

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Eveleth wins first state tournament: You can't have a best-of list without including the team that started it all. Eveleth captured the state's first-ever title with a 4-3 win over Thief River Falls in 1945. It was the first of many, becoming one of the great dynasties in Minnsota high school hockey history includ- ing four straight title claims from 1948-51. Reber breaks barrier: In 2017, Sami Reber became the first female head coach to win a Minnesota Class 2A state high school cham- pionship, as Edina topped Blaine by a score of 4-0. It was also the very first state title in program history for the lady Hornets. Reber was a Ms. Hockey finalist and captain for Edina in 2011. Minnetonka and Lakeville North girls battle for six OTs: The Skippers and Panthers battled out one of the longest games in high school history—a staggering 113 minutes, 29 seconds—on Feb. 23, 2013, before a deflected shot pushed Minnetonka to victory and a third consecutive berth in the championship game. Minnetonka added the cherry on top with 3-1 win over Hill- Murray the following night. Kyle Rau's 2011 triple OT game-winner: A dive toward the net out of despera- tion and exasperation was just enough for Rau and the Eden Prairie Eagles to secure the team's second 2A state title in Top 10 The passion. The tradition. The abundance of hockey fandom in our hockey centric state— it's state tournament time in Minnesota. You won't find a high school sporting event more revered than the one hosted at Xcel Energy Center each March. This is hockey in Minnesota. This is State. 18 M H J ON L I N E . C O M | M A R C H 2 0 1 9 STATE THIS IS Your complete guide to 2019 MSHSL and Minnesota Hockey State Tournaments 9 8 Minnetonka 10 7

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