All-Minnesota final in Pure Division at National High School Hockey Championships

All-Minnesota final in Pure Division at National High School Hockey Championships

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All-Minnesota final in Pure Division at National High School Hockey Championships

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Two teams from Minnesota will square off  when Edina meets Wayzata in the Pure Division final at the USA Hockey High School Nationals on Monday in Ashburn, Va.

In the Combined Division final, J.W. Mitchell from Florida meets Boulder/Monarch from Colorado.

The four teams that reached the finals had to win quarterfinal and semifinal games Sunday.

The Pure Division is made up of teams that draw their players from a single school. The Combined Division is for teams made up of players from two or more schools.

This the second year that the nationals have been divided into two divisions. USA Hockey has awarded national championships to top youth teams since 1940 and added a high school championship in 2010.

Teams qualified for the event by winning their league, state title or a qualifying tournament.

In the Pure Division, Edina opened the day with a 7-3 victory against Pittsburgh Central Catholic but then needed overtime for a 1-0 victory against Brookings (S.D.).

Wayzata opened the day with a 7-1 victory against J Serra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), but then also needed overtime in the semifinals to beat Winston Churchill (Potomac, Md.), by a 6-5 score. Wayzata led 4-1 after the first period but Churchill scored three times in the third to eventually force the OT.

These teams are no strangers with the teams having met multiple times; but Edina posted a 2-1 thriller in the Junior Gold A State Championship in five overtimes.

In the Combined Division, J.W. Mitchell (New Port Richey, Fla.) advanced with a 9-2 victory against Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona and a 6-4 victory against Manatee (Fla.). Boulder/Monarch downed Bozeman (Mont.) by a 9-0 score in the quarterfinals Sunday morning and then beat the Omaha Jr. Lancers from Nebraska 9-2 in the semifinals.

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