The playoff schedule for the 16U teams is as follows:
Oct 29 8:00am Eagan East rink Metro NW vs Metro NE
Oct 29 10:15am Eagan East rink Metro SE vs Central
Oct 29 5:00pm Eagan West rink West vs Winner game 1
Oct 29 5:30pm Eagan East rink Metro SW vs Winner game 2
Oct 30 9:00am Eagan West rink 3rd place game
Oct 30 11:15am Eagan West rink Championship game
Top 3 teams will advance to the MN District Playoffs with Shattuck St Mary's Nov 7 and 8.
All good things must come to end...South 18U handed the West 16U team its first loss in 9 games winning 8-1 and W16U tied Metro Northwest 16U in its second game of the weekend 3-3.
The weekend’s first game started physical and fast with S18U jumping on W16U going up 2-0 early in the game. W16U responded with a powerplay goal from Wayzata’s Ike Taraszewski, assisted by Chanhassen’s Jack Haley to bring the score to 2-1. That was all the offense W16U could muster from there as S18U took over the game with 2 more goals in the first half and another 4 goals in the second beating W16U 8-1. W16U didn’t come with their normal energy, grit, and speed and finally caved. “It was a good team we faced with exceptional goaltending throughout the first half. We had a lot of great chances early on and their goaltender continued to make saves. We got away from the things that we’ve done right over the past several weeks, I think because of South’s pace and physicality. We as a team must realize that we have to stick to our game and continue to battle.”
W16U responded nicely in its second game of the weekend, tying MNW16U 3-3. It was a back and forth game with both teams playing hard. MNW held onto a 1 goal lead until 15 seconds left in the third period, when West tied the game with an extra attacker out and the goaltender pulled. It was a gritty tie, and the team showed resiliency all weekend long.
Next weekend W16U will be in Blaine playing in the NAHL showcase tournament.
"When the boys start doing things we ask them to do, we start to have some success," Coach Eliot Vesper said.
Earlier on Saturday, Metro Northeast 16u tied Metro Northwest 16u after a high energy game at the St. Croix Recreation Center in Stillwater. Justin Lawry started off the scoring for Northeast in the second period and Max Jennrich added another goal in the third. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Tough opponents make for tough weekends. Metro Northeast 16u faced Metro South 18u and Team Wisconsin on Saturday, October 1. Reed Bartelings, Justin Lawry and Zach Roberts scored in the first game versus Metro South 18u but Northeast lost 8-3. The team was blanked in the second game versus Team Wisconsin, 7-0. Metro Northeast 16u will regroup with long practices this week. They face Metro Southeast 16u and the Madison Capitals this weekend in Eagan.
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