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Grand Rapids Hockey vs Eden Prairie-MN State Semis-2017

Grand Rapids Defeats #1 Eden Prairie 3 to 2 to play Moorhead in High School State Finals--3-10-2017 RAPIDS TOPS EDEN PRAIRIE, 3-2, TO REACH STATE FINALS For the first time in 10 years the Grand Rapids boys hockey team will play for a state title after the Thunderhawks held on to defeat No. 1 Eden Prairie, 3-2, Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Connor Stefan scored the game-winner for Grand Rapids at 7:56 in the third period, while goalie Zach Stejskal shut down the Eagles in the third period with 24 saves. It will be an all northern final as Grand Rapids will play No. 3 Moorhead on Saturday at 7 p.m. After Eden Prairie’s Ryan Lesko opened the scoring at 5:15 in the first, Grand Rapids answered with a power play goal from John Stampohar with 1:09 remaining in the frame. Keaghan Graeber put the Thunderhawks in front off a feed from Stefan at 6:29 in the second period. Later in the period, Eden Prairie tied the game on a score from Jack Jensen at 14:33. The Eagles brought strong offensive pressure on the Thunderhawks in the closing minutes. Then a penalty on Grand Rapids put Eden Prairie on a power play with 1:40 remaining. The Thunderhawks were able to clear the puck on multiple occasions, including one last time inside of 15 seconds to seal the win. Stejskal had 47 saves and the Eagles Nick Wiencek had 25. Grand Rapids 3, Eden Prairie 2 GR 1 1 1 - 3 EP 1 1 0 - 2 First period: 1, EP, Ryan Lesko (Jake Olson), 5:15; 2, GR, John Stampohar (Micah Miller), pp 15:51. Second period: 3, GR, Keaghan Graeber (Connor Stefan), 6:29; 4, EP, Jack Jensen (Casey Mittelstadt, Spencer Rudrud), 14:33. Third period: 5, GR, Connor Stefan (Graeber, Kam Jaeger), 7:56. Saves: GR, Zach Stejskal 47; EP, Nick Wiencek 25. Article by Kyle Nelson-Grand Rapids Herald Review

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