Down 2-0 entering the final period, fourth-seeded Grand Rapids scored five goals in the third period to upset top-seeded Elk River 5-3 in the semifinals of the Class 2A, Section 2 boys’ hockey playoffs Saturday.
Jack Perbix and Connor Bizal scored in the opening periods to give the Elks a 2-0 lead after two. The Thunderhawks’ Gavin Hain opened the scoring in the final frame with a power-play goal. Eleven seconds later Blake McLaughin scored to tie the game. Perbix answered at 13:01 to put the Elks up 3-2, before Hain scored two goals minutes apart to give him a hat trick on the day and the Thunderhawks a 4-3 lead.
Jack Burnson later added an empty-net goal to seal the win.
Thunderhawks goalie Zach Stejskal finished with 38 saves. Elks goalie Ben Meyers had 27 saves in the loss.
Eden Prairie 2, Prior Lake 1: After going scoreless for two periods, the top-seeded Eagles scored two unanswered goals in the final frame to defeat the fourth seed Lakers in the semifinals of the Class 2A, Section 2 playoffs. The Eagles outshot the Lakers 11-3 in the first period, but Lakers goalie Danny Long held Eden Prairie scoreless. Midway through the second period, the Lakers’ Jackson Jutting scored a shorthanded goal to put his team up 1-0. The Lakers outshot the Eagles 7-5 in the middle frame and clearly had the momentum heading into the third period. The Eagles’ Jack Jensen tied the game 1:09 into the third period, before Andrew Erwin snapped a wrist shot past Long for the eventual game-winner at the 7:44 mark. Casey Mittelstadt assisted on both goals. Eagles goalie Nick Wiencek had 17 saves in the win. Long finished with 23 saves in the loss.
Holy Family 5, Minnetonka 1: Despite being outshot 35-19, the second seed Fire skated past the third seed Skippers with a four-goal victory in the semifinal of the Class 2A, Section 2 playoffs. It will be the first section championship game in the Fire’s history. Patrick Reddan finished with four points on three goals and an assist for the Fire. Teammates Ben Almquist and Jack Michel also scored. Fire goalie Jared Moe finished with 34 saves. Jack Bayless scored the Skippers’ lone goal. Holy Family (22-4-1) will play Eden Prairie (20-4-2) in the section championship on Wednesday.
St. Thomas Academy 4, Eagan 1: Willie Reim scored three goals, all in the second period, to lead the top-seeded Cadets past the fourth-seeded Wildcats in the semifinal of the Class 2A, Section 3 playoffs. Rob Christy scored a minute into the game to get the Cadets on the board, while goalie Atticus Kelly stopped 21 of 22 shots. Keegan Johnson scored the Wildcats’ lone goal.
Wayzata 4, Cretin-Derham Hall 0: Reid Waszczenko stopped all 19 shots he faced as the third-seeded Trojans shut out the second-seeded Raiders in the Class 2A, Section 6 playoffs. Tristan Nelko put the Trojans on the board with just 53 seconds remaining in the second period, and Andrew Urban quickly extended the lead 1:18 into the third. Colin Schmidt and Joe Ocholik added empty-net goals to finish the game.