Eden Prairie opened its boys hockey season with two impressive wins and showed why it deserves to be ranked high among state Class AA teams.
The third-ranked Eagles dominated Champlin Park during an 8-1 victory Nov. 29. Then Eden Prairie earned a 4-2 triumph over Anoka Dec. 1 to improve its record to 2-0.
There are many things Eden Prairie coach Lee Smith likes about this year’s Eagle squad.
“We have good overall depth and three lines that can skate with anybody,” said Smith. “And I like our goaltending.”
Three Eagle players scored two goals each in the 8-1 win over Champlin Park. Ninth-grade forward Michael Graham, junior forward Colton Schmidt and junior center Steven Spinner combined to provide six of Eden Prairie’s eight goals.
Hunter Warner, a junior defenseman, and junior center Jack Keeley also scored for the Eagles.
Junior defenseman Luc Snuggerud supplied three assists. Spinner and senior forward Mason Bergh contributed two assists apiece.
Eden Prairie sophomore goalie Jake Kielly was credited with 14 saves.
Eden Prairie defeated Anoka 4-2 in its second game. Bergh provided two goals. John Sullivan, a senior forward, and Spinner chipped in with one goal apiece
Snuggerud and Spinner were credited with two assists each. Eden Prairie junior goalie Jake Gerdes finished with 26 saves.
“We made good decisions with the puck in both games,” said coach Smith. “But there are still things we have to work on.”
Eden Prairie’s captains are Bergh, John Sullivan and senior forward Andrew Knudsen.
Bergh, Spinner and Graham form one Eagle line. Another line consists of Knudsen, Schmidt and John Sullivan.
Sophomore Riley Argetsinger centers junior Jack Sullivan and junior Michael Parrish.
Three other Eagle forwards are junior Harry Pajor, senior Nic Bentz and Keeley.
Eden Prairie’s defenseman are Snuggerud, Warner, Leddy, senior Kyle Theilmann, sophomore Brad Schoo, sophomore Marc Sullivan, junior Quinn Rydland and junior Charlie Lawrence.
Kielly and Gerdes will share goaltending chores.
Eden Prairie posted an 18-7-1 record last season. The Eagles tied for second in the Lake Conference and lost to Armstrong in the section quarterfinals.
Eden Prairie will compete in a very competitive Section 6AA tournament this season. This section includes top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s, third-ranked Eden Prairie and fourth-rated Minnetonka.
Eden Prairie will face Holy Angels at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Richfield Ice Arena.
The Eagles remain on the road to play Lakeville North at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.