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Girls Hockey: St. Paul United edges Wingers in consolation finals

MINNEAPOLIS – Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation in the Class A consolation finals, St. Paul United's Jenna Hoops buried the game-winning goal 42 seconds into the overtime period to edge Red Wing 3-2 Saturday at Ridder Arena.

Playing in the consolation finals for the first time since 2011, future Golden Gopher Taylor Heise scored what would be her final high-school goal, unassisted, 31 seconds into the game.

Heise, who was the lone Winger named to the Class A all-tournament team, ends her high school career with 373 points (215 goals, 158 assists).

It took over a period for the United to respond as Bergen Kobienia, from an assist from Meredith Killian, tied the game at the 6:39 mark with a short-handed goal. Before the second intermission, Red Wing scored another goal for a 2-1 lead thanks to an Elle Bryant shot on a Heise assist.

Midway through the third, St. Paul United got a second goal from Kobienia, with an assist from Samantha Burke that kept the game at 2-2 through three periods.

Hoops' game-winning goal came on the power play, courtesy of assists from Killian and Olivia Williams Ridge.

Tyler McGrath made 22 saves at goaltender for the Wingers, while counterpart Bridget Emerson made 32 stops for the United.

Despite a 34-25 edge in shots on goal, Red Wing was blanked on power-play opportunities, going 0-for-7, compared to 1-for-3 for St. Paul United.

The Wingers end the season with a 24-6 record and graduate eight seniors: Heise, Bryant, Sophie Schafer, Salina Loer, Solveig Roth, Kendal Swanson, Maria Haley and Nicole Oberding.

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