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By Luke Sleeper

Benilde-St.Margaret’s sure seems like a team of destiny. One night after escaping with a late win over No. 4 seed Edina, everything went right for the Red Knights in their semifinal matchup with Lakeville South on Friday night.

It took only a minute for things to get started for Benilde, when junior forward Dan Labosky scored the first of his three goals. Grant Besse, Tyler Ellegard and Alec Anderson also scored to cap off a five-goal first period for the Red Knights.

“We were really confident that we were going to be able to play our game tonight,” Benilde coach Ken Pauly said. “After pulling off an upset like (Lakeville) did last night, it’s really tough to duplicate that just after one night.”

Thursday night, Lakeville South had the upset of the tournament by knocking off No. 1 seed Duluth East. The Cougars could not carry Thursday’s quarterfinal magic into the semifinal. They allowed 10 goals on 35 shots in the 10-1 losing effort. Weston Baumann scored the only goal for Lakeville with 1:15 left in regulation. The Cougars will play Moorhead in Saturday’s third-place game at 4 pm.

“This group has never had a game like this; the worst lost we had this season was 5-1 against Edina and that was the first game of the year.” Lakeville coach Kurt Weber said. “This was really a shock.”

Benilde advances to play Hill-Murray in Saturday night’s 2A state final at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. The last time two private schools met in the 2A final was in 2002, when Hill-Murray played Holy Angels.

Benilde-St.Margaret’s has won two state championships in its history, both in Class A in 1999 and 2001.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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