Rapids closes out play at Edina Classic

Rapids closes out play at Edina Classic

December 21, 2018 Off By Delia Keith

The Grand Rapids boys hockey team dropped the final two games at the Edina Classic to Eden Prairie, 6-1, Friday and Elk River/Zimmerman, 3-2, in overtime Saturday.

On Friday, Eden Prairie capitalized on Thunderhawk penalties, scoring three of their goals on the man-advantage. John Mittelstadt opened the scoring for the Eagles a minute into the game as Eden Prairie got out to a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Grand Rapids’ lone goal came from Braeden Holcomb midway through the second period.

Carter Clafton had 30 saves for Grand Rapids and Eden Prairie’s Alex Rosenlund had 19.

On Saturday, the Thunderhawks trailed the Elks, 1-0, after the first period before taking a 2-1 lead on a pair of second period goals from Brandon Goering. Goehring scored at 10:30 in the second, then put in his second goal on a power play with 20 seconds remaining in the frame.

Mitch Maas scored his second goal for the Elks to tie the game midway through the third period.

The game-winner came from Joe Greniuk just more than a minute into overtime.

John Bonner assisted on both Thunderhawk goals. Clafton had 27 saves and the Elks’ Kyle Esperum had 30.

First period: 1, EP, John Mittelstadt (Sam Wilhite), 1:08; 2, EP, Jack Jensen (Garrett Smith, Keegan Langefels), 7:50; 3, EP, Drew Holt (Langefels), PP 16:52.

Second period: 4, EP, Spencer Rudrud (Jensen, Luke Mittelstadt), PP :46; 5, GR, Braeden Holcomb (unassisted), 7:57; 6, EP, Wilhite (Holt), 11:33.

Second period: 2, GR, Brandon Goehring (Kodi Miller, John Bonner), 10:30; 3, GR, Goehring (Kobie Koenig, Bonner), PP 16:40.

Saves: GR, Clafton, 27; ERZ, Kyle Esperum, 30.

Raiders fall to HFC, Blake

On Friday, Holy Family Catholic was led by a seven-point performance from Garrett Pinoniemi.

The Fire scored a pair of goals in the first period to lead 2-0. After an early goal from Trey Fechko in the second period, the Raiders responded with a power play goal from Ben Troumbly midway through the frame, then cut the lead to 3-2 with a score from Nikolai Rajala at 2:35 in the third period.

Holy Family Catholic then broke the game open, adding four scores the remainder of the period.

Tyler Penney had 40 saves for Greenway, while the Fire’s Bailey Huber had 32.

On Saturday, the Raiders trailed Blake 2-1 heading in the third period before the Bears scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the frame.

The Raiders goals came from Nikolai Rajala at 2:04 in the first period and Ty Donahue had a power play goal at 13:32 in the third period.

Third period: 5, GWY, Nikolai Rajala (Lawson, Troumbly), 2:35; 6, HFC, Spinner (Fechko, Pinoniemi), PP 4:14; 7, HFC, Pinoniemi (unassisted), 5:50; 8, HFC, Pinoniemi (Fechko, Reddan), 12:34; 9, HFC, Fechko (Pinoniemi (Jorgenson), 15:43.

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