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State girls hockey: Grand Rapids-Greenway reaches state title game

Grand Rapids-Greenway acquired immediate results in a Class AA high school girls hockey semifinal Friday night. Dana Gallop scored 19 seconds into the first period and the Lightning cruised to a 5-0 win over Farmington at Xcel Energy Center in St...

Grand Rapids-Greenway acquired immediate results in a Class AA high school girls hockey semifinal Friday night.

Dana Gallop scored 19 seconds into the first period and the Lightning cruised to a 5-0 win over Farmington at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

"To come out and score right away in the first 19 seconds was something we wanted to do," said Emily Erickson, who assisted on the Gallop goal. "We wanted to get the nerves out a little bit."

Grand Rapids-Greenway (25-3-2) will play Eden Prairie (28-1-1) in the Class AA championship game at 7 p.m. today at Xcel. Eden Prairie beat Cretin-Derham Hall 1-0 in overtime in an earlier semifinal Friday.

"I'm so overjoyed to be playing for a state championship," Lightning senior defender Heather Horgen said. "It's a dream come true."

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The Lightning had to be patient to receive dividends in Thursday's 2-1 overtime quarterfinal win over Centennial.

Friday was the exact opposite as the Lightning jumped to a 4-0 first-period lead.

"We know what we can do, and when we put our minds to it we were able to do it," Horgen said of the first-period breakthrough.

Erickson, a Ms. Hockey finalist, centered the puck to Gallop during the game's first shift and she buried it.

Erickson, a senior winger, and Gallop, a sophomore center, each scored two first-period goals as the Lightning peppered Farmington goalie Jessica Erchul with 14 first-period shots.

Molly Arola, who netted the game-winner Thursday, added three assists Friday for Grand Rapids-Greenway.

Erchul, an eighth-grader, stopped 35 shots in the Tigers' 1-0 quarterfinal win over Eagan.

Erchul finished with 24 saves, and Grand Rapids-Greenway goalie Jessica Havel made 22 saves.

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Both teams were scoreless in the third period.

Grand Rapids-Greenway was 1-for-6 on power plays, and Farmington (19-8-2) was 0-for-4.

Farmington 0-0-0--0

Grand Rapids-Greenway 4-1-0--5

First period -- 1. Dana Gallop (Emily Erickson, Molly Arola) :19; 2. Erickson (Gallop, Kayla Clafton) 7:16; 3. Gallop (Arola, Erickson) 12:06; 4. Erickson (Arola, Gallop) 12:55.

Second period -- 5. Erickson, 5:54.

Third period -- no scoring.

Saves -- Jessica Erchul, F, 24. Jessica Havel, GRG, 22

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