Hill-Murray’s Jaycee Chatleain scored twice and added an assist t lead the No. 2 Pioneers past Roseau 8-2. LPH PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

Relentless Pioneers down Rams 8-2

The Pioneers made an early statement this season with 12 straight wins. On Thursday afternoon they won their fourth straight playoff game with an 8-2 victory over Roseau.

The No.2-seeded Pioneers got up early and never let their foot off the pedal, controlling the play much of the contest and wearing down Roseau by the third period when they notched four goals.

Jaycee Chatleain and Elliana Engelhardt each had two goals and an assist and Emily Pohl added a goal and two assists to lead the Pioneers into Friday’s semifinals where they will face Andover, who defeated Rosemount 6-0.

The Pioneers were relentless for 51 minutes, crashing the net even in the waning seconds of the game, proof that they are not happy just being at this year’s tournament after a three-year hiatus.

The game was tied 1-1 in the first when the Pioneers and Rams traded goals. Regan Berglund scored for Hill., but was matched by Roseau’s Ella Ketring midway through the first frame. But Sophie Olson and Pohl both notched goals for a 3-1 lead after one.

The Pioneers leading scorer, Chloe Boreen, scored the lone goal of the second period, her 31st of the season, for a 4-1 lead.

The final period was all Pioneers as Engelhardt and Chatleain both scored twice and added an assist.

 

Hill-Murray freshman Emily Pohl was tripped up as she tried to slide a goal past Roseau’s Jada Pelowski in Hill-Murray’s 8-2 semifinal win.

The Pioneers outshot the Rams 40-24. Hill-Murray’s Grace Zhan stopped 21 shot to earn the win. Roseau’s Jasmine Hovda scored her 27th goal of the season and finished with 61 points as a sophomore.

The Rams, who made an epic comeback against Moorhead to win Section 8AA, finishs the season 18-11-0. Hill-Murray improved to 25-3-1.

The Pioneers face Andover Friday at 6 p.m.

Hill-Murray’s Chloe Boreen scored her 31st goal of the season Thursday.