Gentry Academy forward Damon Furuseth carries the puck through the neutral zone during the second period of Thursday's game against Bloomington Kennedy. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Gentry Academy started hot Thursday afternoon en route to building a 3-0 lead over Bloomington Kennedy in the first period, and when the Eagles eventually mounted pressure of their own, the Stars confidently and patiently stuck to their course.
There was no meltdown, no deviation and no doubt for the Stars.
The combination culminated in Gentry Academy defeating Kennedy 7-3 in a Silver Division quarterfinal matchup at the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
A year ago, during Gentry Academy’s inaugural season, there likely wouldn’t have been that same steadfast belief in the Stars’ collective ability. But the second year tells a different story as the Stars are off to a 9-2 start (compared to 4-5 a year ago) and ranked No. 10 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll.
Above all, there is a new mindset catching fire for the Stars.
Gentry Academy strung three unanswered goals late Thursday to knock off Bloomington Kennedy 7-3. Eight different Stars players notched a point in the win. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Gentry Academy used its speed and made the most of its scoring chances to skate past Bloomington Kennedy 7-3 Thursday afternoon during a Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Silver Division quarterfinal matchup at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Barrett Hall and Daniel Yusupoff each finished with a pair of goals for Gentry Academy (9-2-0) while eight different Stars players notched at least a point. The Stars, ranked No. 10 in the Class 1A coaches' poll, led 3-0 after the opening period, and withstood stretches of heavy pressure from Kennedy (1-8-0, 0-1-0) to close out strong.
The Eagles got two goals from sophomore Tyler Jost, and one score from Kiran Haefel-Zastrow.
Kennedy goaltender Peter Vodovnik stopped 23 shots, while his counterpart Alex Timmons made 18 saves to carve out the Stars’ victory.
Gentry Academy advances to Friday’s semifinal matchup against Northfield, which knocked off Minnehaha Academy 4-3 in the preceding game on Rink 1.
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