EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Benilde-St. Margaret's gave top-ranked Eden Prairie all it could handle through two-plus periods but a pair of late goals allowed the Eagles to pull away for a 5-2 win.
Eden Prairie scored just 73 seconds into the game when it converted a turnover inside its own blueline into a tic-tac-toe passing play which resulted in a Ryan Lesko goal and a 1-0. lead.
The eagles were whistled for the game's first penalty when Andrew Erwin was whistled for cross checking at 9:04 and, 50 seconds later, Ian Bahr came down the middle to bury a Dylan Hoen pass off the left-wing boards to tie the score.
Jack Jensen would scored for the Eagles with 2:05 to play in the opening period and the scored remained that way deep into the second period.
That was when Eden Prairie expanded its lead to two goals when Casey Mittelstad took a pass at the red line, skated into the BSM zone on the right, got around the corner with the puck on his backhand before quickly pulling it to his forehand as he moved right to left and scored by shooting back to the right side.
BSM gained a measure of momentum heading into the second intermission when Peter Moran scored for the fourth time in five games with 3:59 to play in the stanza.
Hoen got the puck in the left corner, made a tape-to-tape pass to Moran low in the slot and the Red Knight co-captain waited for Eagle goalie Nick Wiencek to commit before burying his fifth goal of the season.
Eden Prairie controlled much of the play in the final period but could not shake loose from the Red Knights until Nolan Sullivan scored with 5:12 to play, giving the Eagles some breathing room.
With 3:15 to play, Nolan Sullivan won an offensive zone faceoff in the right circle and Hunter Johannes grabbed the puck coming off the right wing. He snapped off a shot from the middle of the slot and found the back of the net to finish the scoring as both players picked up their third points of the game.
Zach Everett made a season-high 32 saves for the Red Knights as the Eagles had a 37-25 advantage in shots on goal.
BSM has a week off before returning home next Saturday to face Hopkins in a 7 p.m. game at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Dylan Hoen assisted on two goals and won 12 faceoffs.
Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's