Day three of the Edina Holiday Classic closed out on a blustery winter day. As the snow fell and the temperature dropped with bone chilling winds, the atmosphere of Braemar Arena was hot and full of electricity. Elk River defeated Grand Rapids 6-3 while Edina topped Eden Prairie 3-2 in the night cap.
It was reported on MyFoxHockey.com prior to Saturday's games that the Elk River Elks or the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks would break out with some offensive punch after being goal starved in their first two games.
At first glance, it appeared as though it was the Thunderhawks that were going to follow that lead as they scored the first two goals of the game in the first period. The first was on a Duston Schulte tally as he scored at 2:45 of the first period. Eight minutes later it was Sam Rendle scoring for the 2-0 lead.
With two and a half minutes showing on the clock in the first period, CJ Pullar scored his 2nd of the tournament breathing life into his Elks. They responded in massive fashion with five more goals as Ryan Jaremko, and Levi Lutz scored. Nick Filipovich added a pair of his own in the second period, giving him three for the tournament as the Elks (6-3) took a comfortable 5-2 lead to the locker room at the end of the second period.
Chad Henum gave the Elks a 6-2 lead 6 minutes into the third period. The Elks were strong through the neutral zone and played the physical game with a purpose. After the quick start by Grand Rapids (2-5-1), the Elks took control of the game. Goalie Anders Franke had his coming out party the past three days as he was outstanding in goal the three games he played facing 74 shots and was challenged with some dazzling saves.
Grand Rapids scored a third period goal by Sam Rendle, his second of the game and third point on the night as he leads is team in points with (3g-10a-13pts). On the schedule for Grand Rapids is the Chaska Hawks. Elk River faces off with the unbeaten Maple Grove Crimson (6-0-1) in Northwest Suburban action Tuesday.