Updated: 03/08/2013 1:17 AM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
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The Hill-Murray Pioneers looked every bit the 1-seed they are, running out to a 4-0 lead early in their eventual 6-3 State Hockey AA Quarterfinal win over Eastview.
Zach LaValle scored twice as the Pioneers (26-2-1) opened up a 4-0 lead on the Lightning (18-10-1) in the first 19:34 of play.
Eastview twice cut the lead back to two goals - at 4-2 and 5-3, but Sam Becker's goal with six minutes to go in the game ices it for the #1-seeded Pioneers.
Sophomore Zach Driscoll, who carried the cinderellas from Eastview through the Section Playoffs and into the State Tournament made 28 saves.
John Dugas made 14 saves in the win for Hill-Murray.
The Pioneers advance to Friday night's second AA Semifinal, where they await the winner of the Centennial / Wayzata quarterfinal.
Eastview will play the loser of that quarterfinal in the consolation round.