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Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament: Lakeville North & Eden Prairie advance to AA semifinal

The Panthers and Eagles each won a close game in Thursday's afternoon session. The two teams will play each other tomorrow night.

Xcel Energy Center, site of the 2014 Minnesota State Boy's Hockey Tournament
Xcel Energy Center, site of the 2014 Minnesota State Boy's Hockey Tournament
Ronald Martinez

After four competitive games Wednesday, the first half of 2014 Minnesota State High School Boy's Hockey Tournament Class AA quarterfinals have continued the streak.

Second seed Lakeville North and third seed Eden Prairie both won Thursday afternoon in front of 15,582 at Xcel Energy Center. The two teams will face each other Friday night.

Section 1AA champ Lakeville North came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Section 8AA Roseau 2-1 in overtime. The Panthers brotherly trio of Jack Poehling (goal), Ryan Poehling and Nick Poehling (assists) got the tying goal 53 seconds after Alex Halstensgard gave Roseau the lead 7:35 into the second period.

Regulation wasn't enough for the second straight game. Both teams had opportunities. Shots were tied at 30, including 14 by Roseau's Zach Yon, but in the end Lakeville freshman Henry Enebak scored the game-winning goal 5:08 into overtime to crush the Rams' title hopes.

Eden Prairie, meanwhile, had to withstand a late push from Centennial for a 4-3 win. The Eagles scored all four goals in the first period - including two by Jack Sullivan in the first 5 minutes - to take a three goal lead into intermission. Centennial rebounded, however, with Ryner Gorowsky and Adam Anderson each scoring and assisting on goals in the second period.

Gorowsky came the closest to tying the game as his shot off the post "sent the metal singing," according to AA announcer Gary Thorne.

Roseau and Centennial now will play in the consolation bracket.

The AA night session features top seed Edina playing Stillwater at 6 p.m. CT and #4 Duluth East squaring off against #5 Eagan in the nightcap.