After a disappointing finish at the 2012 state tournament, the Eagan High School girls hockey team will get another chance to show their mettle on Thursday.
The Wildcats, with an 18-9-1 record, will challenge third-seeded Hill-Murray, 19-5-4, in the opening round of the state hockey tournament at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The game is the culmination of a determined Class AA Section 3 playoff push for Eagan, which came back from deficits to defeat Rosemount and Hastings, before beating out Eastview High School in a 6-4 game.
Last year, Eagan went home winless in the Class AA tournament after losing 5-1 to Minnetonka, which went on to take the championship, and Roseau, which defeated the Wildcats 5-1. Prior to 2011, the Eagan girls hockey team's most recent appearance at the state tournament was 2009.
Tickets to the tournament are $17 for adults and $11 for students. Consolation bracket tickets $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the gates one hour before each game session.
Student can be excused from school on Thursday afternoon if their parents provide a signed permission form. Permission forms can be found on the Eagan High School website, or in the attendance office on Tuesday. Forms must be turned in on Wednesday. Tickets will also be sold on Wednesday at the school.
If the Wildcats win, they will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Xcel center.
Check back at Eagan Patch later this week for updated information and coverage of the state hockey tournament.