Eden Prairie girls and boys hockey teams are trying to build winning momentum heading into the section playoffs.
The Eagle girls hockey team has experienced a successful season compiling a 17-3-3 record. Eden Prairie will face a major challenge in its final regular-season game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
The Red Knights are ranked first among state Class 2A teams while Eden Prairie is rated fourth.
Eden Prairie prepped for its state showdown with BSM by winning twice last week. The Eagles defeated Shakopee 4-3 Jan. 26.
Eagle goals were scored by Kate Rydland, Josie Olson, Anna Johnson and Charly Dahlquist. Assists were credited to Tess Roehl, Allison Koloski (2), Isabelle Brosseau and Angie Heppelmann. Goalie McKenzie Johnson stopped 29 shots.
“It was an emotional home game for our team on Senior Night, but we didn’t play well,” said Eden Prairie coach Jamie Grossman. “We trailed 1-0 after one period before having a good second period when we scored four goals.
“But we played flat in the third period before escaping with a 4-3 win.”
Eden Prairie played better earlier in the week beating Hopkins 4-1 Jan. 22. Heppelmann contributed two goals in the win. Koloski and Rydland provided one goal each.
Dahlquist picked up two assists. Koloski, Rydland, Roehl, Heppelmann, Brosseau and Anna Johnson had one assist each.
Eden Prairie goalie McKenzie Johnson made 23 saves.
Boys top Jaguars
Eden Prairie’s boys hockey team has an 8-9-1 record after splitting a pair of games last week.
The Eagles defeated Bloomington Jefferson 5-1 Jan. 24 at Bloomington Ice Garden.
Five different Eagle players scored in the triumph. Those scorers were Steven Spinner, John Sullivan, Mason Bergh, Michael Graham and Hunter Warner.
Bergh and Sullivan were credited with two assists each. Other assists went to Graham, Andy Aguilar, Brady Schoo and Spinner. Goalie Jake Gerdes finished with 21 saves.
“We are getting closer to where we want to be,” said Eden Prairie coach Lee Smith. “We are starting to get a few guys healthy.
“I was happy with all aspects of our team’s play against Jefferson.”
Minnetonka rallied for a 5-3 win over Eden Prairie Jan. 26. The Eagles led 3-2 after two periods before the Skippers scored three unanswered goals in the third period.
Nic Bentz, Andrew Knudsen and John Sullivan scored Eagle goals. Assists went to Luc Snuggerud (2), Bergh, Spinner and Riley Argetsinger. Goalie Jake Kielly was credited with 29 saves.
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