The Stillwater Ponies will be making their second appearance in three years at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament this week.
The No. 2-seeded Ponies (26-1-1) take on Farmington (18-8-1) at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. The puck drops at 11 a.m.
The Ponies won in dramatic fashion, a 1-0 overtime thriller over Hill-Murray in the section final, last week to earn a trip back to the big show. Stillwater didn’t play any tournament qualifiers during the regular season.
Farmington, the Section 1 champion, returns for the first time since the 2000 tournament. The Tigers beat Lakeville North in the section final.
Other Class AA state tourney quarterfinals games include:
- Burnsville (16-10-2) vs. No. 3 Wayzata (19-8-1) at 1 p.m.
- Anoka (18-9-0) vs. No. 1 Eden Prairie (19-7-2) at 6 p.m.
- No. 5 Bemidji (23-2-2) vs. No. 4 Grand Rapids (21-6-1) at 8 p.m
A GoFundMe account has been launched to help the Ponies Hockey Team pay for their trip to the state tournament.
“The State Tournament is an experience they will never forget,” the GoFundMe site reads. “We are looking for your support. The team and families are responsible for all expenses incurred for the tournament. This includes hotels, some meals, and other things to truly make this an unforgettable experience. Anything you can do to help support these young men will be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to obtain donations by the end of the week to provide to the team (Sunday, March 6).”
The Ponies are half way to their $10,000 fundraising goal.
Tickets will be available for the game at the Xcel Energy Center 1 hour before game time.
If the Ponies win on Thursday, the semifinals game will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the Xcel. Pre-sale tickets would go on sale at 5 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School for students and staff only.
- Students (425 Tickets) $11 per person
- Staff (125 Tickets) $17 per person
If the Ponies win on Thursday, public pre-sale tickets (300 tickets) for the semifinals would be at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 3 at the high school.
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