The Northfield Raiders advanced in the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Tournament with a 2-0 win over Mound-Westonka at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

Sophomore Kate Boland scored both Raider goals and senior goalie Mallory Tidona continued her hot streak. Tidona blanked one of the top scorers in the state, Taylor Heise of Red Wing, in the section title game and pitched another shutout.

Both of Boland's goals were unassisted. She scored her first goal with 57 seconds left in the first period. Her last goal was an empty netter with 15 seconds to go in the game.

Tidona recorded 16 saves in the win and Northfield had 12 shots on goal.

The Raiders are now 20-6-3 and advance to play No. 1 seed The Blake School on Friday afternoon at 1PM. The Blake School defeated Alexandria in their tournament opener 3-0.

In other action Wednesday, the other Big Nine school in the tournament could not stop No. 2 seed St. Paul United. Mankato East/Loyola fell 10-0 in the first game of the day and that was followed by a 5-2 win by No. 3 seed Warroad over Hibbing/Chisholm.

Mound-Westonka also includes the schools of Watertown-Mayer and Southwest Christian.

Class AA games are Thursday at the X.

Mankato East/Loyola will play at 10AM Thursday in the consolation portion of the competition against Hibbing/Chisholm at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.

Northfield Ice Arena-photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Northfield Ice Arena-photo by Gordy Kosfeld

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