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Grand Rapids wins OT thriller over Eden Prairie

By Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine, 12/17/21, 9:00PM CST


Hayden DeMars had a large factor in this game, including the clinching goal.

Grand Rapids forward Hayden DeMars (20) and Eden Prairie's Trent Stansberry (18) collide near the benches in the opening period. DeMars' goal in overtime lifted Grand Rapids to a 4-3 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Hayden DeMars' slap shot from the left hashmarks was picture perfect. It went through a defender's legs on the way to the back of the Eden Prairie net.

And, just like that, No. 9-2A Grand Rapids' three-game losing streak was over. DeMars' goal, his third of the season, gave the Thunderhawks a 4-3 overtime victory on Day 2 of the Edina Holiday Classic at Braemar Ice Arena.

DeMars "came down and just snapped it off and it was just a beautiful shot," Grand Rapids coach Wade Chiodo said.

Hayden DeMars (right) prevents Eden Prairie's Grant Daylor (12) from getting to the puck in the second period. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

Hayden DeMars' shot from the left hash marks went through a defender's legs and then past the goaltender to lift Grand Rapids to a 4-3 overtime victory over Eden Prairie during the Edina Holiday Classic at Braemar Ice Arena. 

DeMars' goal snapped a three-game losing streak for No. 9-2A Grand Rapids, which lost 5-1 to host Edina the night before. The Thunderhawks (6-3) take on Elk River/Zimmerman on Saturday night. Eden Prairie, which saw a three-game winning streak come to an end, plays No. 1-2A Edina on Saturday in the tournament finale.

Eden Prairie led 3-2 midway through the third period when Joey DelGreco, the Thunderhawks' leading scorer with 10 goals and 13 assists in nine games, scored to even the game and give Grand Rapids a chance to win in overtime.

The Eagles' top two scorers provided much of the punch for Eden Prairie. Jake Luloff (seven goals, six assists) had two goals and an assist; Ryan Andor (four goals, nine assists) had a goal and two assists. 

Eden Prairie goaltender Sam Schowalter stops a shot by Grand Rapids' Kaden Nelson (7). Schowalter had 33 saves for the Eagles. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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