Eagle squads experience close encounters

It was a week of close calls for Eden Prairie winter sports teams last week. The Eagle boys basketball squad was involved in three games decided in the final moments of regulation or overtime.
Eden Prairie worked overtime to defeat Cretin-Derham Hall 77-69 Jan. 12. The Eagles won without starting point guard Grant Shaeffer, who was out with the flu.
Anthony Anderson took up the scoring slack left by the absence of Shaeffer by scoring 26 points, all in the second half.
Andre Wallace netted 22 points and Jack Cottrell finished with 13 points as the Eagles improved their record to 9-2.
“We were down by as many as 18 points in the first half,” said Eden Prairie coach David Flom. “But we battled back to go up by five points with one minute remaining.
“However. Cretin came back to tie the game in regulation before we pulled away in overtime.”
Eden Prairie netted an 88-73 victory ovr St. Paul Johnson Jan. 10 as Shaeffer came through with 23 points. Wallace scored 16 points. Caleb Wragge and Johnson finished with 14 points apiece. Cottrell and Anderson had eight points each.
“We had good scoring balance,” said coach Flom. “And it was nice to win on the road.”
Eden Prairie dropped a 52-51 decision to Shakopee Jan. 8. The Eagles committed only five turnovers but made only 31 percent of their field goal tries.
Johnson led Eagle scorers with 14 points. Wallace had 11 points and Wragge finished with eight points. Shaeffer and Anderson had six points each.
Eden Prairie will travel to Waconia for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday, Jan. 17. Then the Eagles compete in the St. Paul Johnson Showcase. Eden Prairie will play Mukwonago (Wis.) at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.
Girls net win over BSM
Eden Prairie earned a 55-42 non-conference girls basketball win over Benilde-St. Margaret’s Jan. 12. Samantha Trammel topped Eagle scorers wtih 17 points. Annie Thul had 12 points and Emma Boehm scored nine points. Cassy Saxton finished with six points.
Eden Prairie edged St. Paul Central 45-43 in another non-conference game Jan. 8.
Eden Prairie is home to play Owatonna at 7 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 17. The Eagles travel north for a 6:45 p.m. gamea against Superior (Wis.) Friday, Jan. 18.
Eden Prairie returns home to play Holy Family Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The Eagles’ busy schedule continues with a 7 p.m. road game agaist Coon Rapids at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Girls hockey losses
Eden Prairie sustained a pair of 3-1 girls hockey defeats last week. Minnetonka beat EP Jan. 12. Kate Rydland scored the lone Eagle goal with assistance from Josie Olson and Isabelle Brosseau. Goalie McKenzie Johnson made 28 saves.
“Minnetonka is the best team in the state, but we were still tied 1-1 entering the third period,” said Eden Prairie coach Jamie Grossman. “However, Minnetonka took advantage of one of our mistakes to score the go-ahead goal and added an empty-net goal late in the period.
“We might have played a little too conservatively early on. I would rather have our players make aggressive mistakes. But these are things we can learn from.”
Eden Prairie (13-3-3) lost 3-1 to Buffalo Jan. 8. Courtney Johnson scored the Eagle goal. Assists went to Allison Koloski and Olson. Goalie Johnson made 16 saves.
“Buffalo plays a clutch-and-grab style that slowed us down,” said coach Grossman. “But we must adapt quickly to those different styles.
“These two losses should help us focus on what we need to do while preparing for the section playoffs.”
Eden Prairie faces Edina at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The Eagles play Hopkins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Minnetonka Ice Arena.
Duluth East tops Eagles
Eden Prairie dropped a 3-1 boys hockey decision to seventh-ranked Duluth East Jan. 12. Mason Bergh scored the Eagle goal with help from Luc Snuggerud. Eagle goalie Jake Kielly made 41 saves.
“We have been involved in many close games but are not making the most of our scoring opportunities,” said Eden Prairie coach Lee Smith. “Our defense continues to improve.”
Eden Prairie plays Hopkins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Hopkins Pavilion. The Eagles return home to battle Wayzata at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

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