FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- White Bear Lake's Melissa Mondo has a knack for game-winning goals these days.
A day after scoring an overtime goal to beat Lakeville, Mondo scored in double overtime Friday to give the Bears (25-4-1) a 3-2 win over Burnsville and advance to the Class AA championship in the Minnesota girls state hockey tournament.
"I was in front of the net. I wasn't looking for the net, I just hit it as hard as I could," Mondo said.
The Bears will face South St. Paul (28-2) in the championship game on Saturday. The Packers beat defending state champion Bloomington Jefferson 7-1 late Friday. In other action Friday, Benilde-St. Margaret's (20-7-3) beat Farmington-Randolph 5-0 and Hibbing-Chisholm (19-6-4) beat Willmar 6-3 in the Class A semifinals.
In the most exciting game of the tournament so far, Burnsville (15-13-2) nearly pulled off the comeback after rallying to send the game into overtime.
Trailing 2-1 with less than a minute left in the third period, Nina Erickson beat Laura Brennan to tie the game with 22 seconds left, sending the game into the first extra period.
Both teams traded shots in the first overtime as the momentum kept swinging both ways. White Bear Lake outshot the Blaze 3-0 in the second overtime and 28-25 for the game.
"We had momentum in the first overtime," Burnsville coach Jen Hanley said. "In the second overtime they had a chance to get rejuvenated, that's the chance you take."
In the other Class AA semifinal game, South St. Paul jumped on Bloomington Jefferson (23-5-1) early and never gave the Jaguars a chance to regroup.
Liz Funk led the Packers to their 26th consecutive win with three goals and Amanda Stohr added two goals and an assist.
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