March 8, 2013 @ Xcel Energy Center 8:00
Since losing at Wayzata two months ago, Hill-Murray had won 14 straight entering the state semifinal. Wayzata, meanwhile, finished fourth in the tough Lake Conference, but stormed through Section 6AA beating Minnetonka and Benilde-St. Margaret's, then defeated Centennial 2-1 in overtime after being held scoreless for nearly 50 minutes.
Friday night, it was Hill-Murray who was watching the clock tick away trailing 1-0 well into the third period. As they had in the 2012 semifinal, the Pioneers had played well but couldn't solve a hot goalie. Aaron Dingmann's 6'4" frame had swallowed up most shots, but two sliding right pad saves in particular might have had the Pioneers wondering if they hadn't squandered their best scoring opportunities. During the game's first shift, Dingmann stopped Mitch Slattery on a 3-on-1, and late in the second period, did one better as he slid post to post to rob Willie Brown on a 2-on-0.
Wayzata's lead was thanks to Chase Haller's goal at 6:44 of the second period. By that time, Wayzata was already on its fourth power play and finally cashed in as Jalen Wahl rounded the net and slid a perfect pass to Haller who was open at the top of the crease for a half second as Hill-Murray's defense attempted to switch coverage.
That lead held until 9:33 of the third period, when the Pioneers suddenly reliable connection of Joey Anderson-Davis Zarembinski, who teamed for the only goal of the section final, struck again. Anderson, at the bottom of the right circle, fed Zarembinski sneaking in from the left point, and Zarembinski's 30 foot wrister through bodies eluded Dingmann's glove. The goal came after a half minute of cycling by Anderson, Brown, and Tyler Funk.
Three minutes later, another defenseman, Ryan Black, put the Pioneers ahead. Black started a rush, missed on a centering pass, but retrieved the puck in the slot and fired a shot off the post and in.
The spotlight shone on John Dugas's net in the final three minutes as Wayzata put on its best offensive pressure since early in the second period. Wayzata played with an extra attacker for the final 1:40 and Hill-Murray subtracted a player as Zach LaValle went off for tripping with 0:52 left. Dugas finished with 26 saves, including 4 in the last 30 seconds and one as time expired.
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