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Ten Tournament Tidbits from the 2014 state girls hockey tournament

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Once again, following the completion of the state girls hockey tournament as well as the boys hockey and boys and girls basketball tournaments, there will be another series of Ten Tournament Tidbits, notes, observations and leftovers from each event. First up is girls hockey.

1. For the first time in state tournament history, two private schools, Hill-Murray and Benilde-St. Margaret's battle for a championship.

2. New Ulm has advanced to the state tournament for the sixth straight year and still hasn't won a quarterfinal game.

3. Four teams made their first trip to state. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato, St. Paul United, East Grand Forks and Andover.

4. The only team with a losing record was Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

5. There were four overtime games. The longest was the three overtime game in the Class AA quarterfinals between Mounds View and Lakeville North. The other three were two overtime affairs, including both Class AA consolation semifinal games.

6. Three of the four semifinal teams played in last year's tournament. Benilde-St. Margaret's was the only new team in the field.

7. Six of the 16 teams had female head coaches.

8. Lakeville North is the first school in tournament history to win two straight third place games.

9. There were three shut outs, all in Class AA.

10. Alexandria had the most appearances of any team in this year's tournament with nine.

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