December 21, 2006 @ Wakota Arena 7:30
Nick Larson's hat trick led Hill-Murray to another Classic Suburban win, 6-3 over South St. Paul. Tory Pearson added two goals, and the game featured 16 penalties and not much continuous flow.
Larson scored his first just 21 seconds in, scoring from close range right off of Ryan Furne's faceoff win. That was the only goal of the period, as the teams traded scoring chances the rest of the way. Hill-Murray put on a brief flurry near the end of the period, but was repelled by Packer netminder Dan Rothe.
Pat Peltier got South St. Paul on the board off a 3-on-2 rush, skating up the right side and centering the puck, which hit a leg near the crease and bounced into the goal. The Packers then got a short-lived lead, courtesy of a Ryan Miller rebound goal on a power play.
Hill-Murray finally asserted itself in the second half of the period to regain the lead. Larson worked a give-and-go with Furne entering the zone and sent a shot past Rothe's blocker from 25 feet. Pearson put in his own rebound from close range, and Larson completed his hat trick on a rebound of Tyler Zepeda's power play shot to send the Pioneers into the second intermission up 4-2.
Pearson scored his second goal early in the third period, taking a nice feed from Dave Cascalenda and sending it under Rothe from 15 feet in the slot.
The teams traded power play goals late in the game, with Zach Palmquist scoring for South St. Paul and Ryan Furne for Hill-Murray.
The typically high Wakota Arena shot total was 53-25 Hill-Murray.
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