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Eden Prairie scores in third overtime to defeat Lakeville South

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/07/19, 4:15PM CST


The Eagles' Jack Jensen scored with 56.1 seconds left in the third extra period for a 3-2 victory. Cougars goaltender Henry Welsch made 63 saves, two short of the tournament record.

Eden Prairie forward Jack Jensen (18) celebrated with forward John Mittelstadt (9) after scoring the game winning goal with less than a minute to play in triple overtime. Photo: Anthony Souffle * anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Eden Prairie senior forward Jack Jensen could feel his legs giving out with each passing shift in the Eagles’ triple-overtime game with Lakeville South.

But he wasn’t about to quit. Neither was Lakeville South senior goaltender Henry Welsch.

Jensen’s goal with 57 seconds in the sixth period secured a 3-2 victory Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Welsch stopped 63 shots for the Cougars, two shy of the tournament record.

“Sixty-six shots — their goalie played unbelievable,” Jensen said. “To finally get one past him was a relief.”

Jack Jensen scored with less than one minute to play in the third overtime as Eden Prairie escaped with a 3-2 victory against Lakeville South.

Jensen’s goal ended the first triple-overtime game since the 2011 championship game won by Eden Prairie.

Senior defenseman Clayton Shultz picked a great time to bury his first goal of the season and gave No. 3 Eden Prairie (18-9-2) a 1-0 lead just 1:49 into the first period.

Sophomore teammates Carter Batchelder and Drew Holt doubled the lead with a slick Holt finish of a Batchelder pass.

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