• EDEN PRAIRIE 2, HILL-MURRAY 1: No. 1 Eden Prairie and No. 3 Hill-Murray entered Thursday’s showdown at Aldrich Arena on the strength of holiday tournament titles.
Visiting Eden Prairie maintained its momentum with a 2-1 victory. Luc Gerdes’s goal at 7:14 of the third period held up as the game-winner. The Eagles’ Kyle Rau scored the game’s first goal at 11:37 of the second period.
Hill-Murray’s Jake Guentzel tied the game at 5:21 of the third period. The loss snapped a seven-game Pioneers’ unbeaten streak.
• EAGAN 4, APPLE VALLEY 2: The Class 2A, No. 7 Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead, highlighted by two second-period goals by junior forward Will Merchant as Eagan won in the South Suburban matchup. Apple Valley was ranked No. 8 in Class 2A.
• BURNSVILLE 12, PRIOR LAKE 0: The Blaze scored six first-period goals en route to an easy victory over the Lakers in the South Suburban. Mike Dockry led the onslaught with three goals and three assists.
• OSSEO 2, CENTENNIAL 1: Senior forwards Dan Mathewson and Casey Cardille each scored in the second period as the Orioles skated past the Cougars in the Northwest Suburban.
Eden Prairie’s Kyle Rau (7) celebrated with Curt Rau after Kyle scored in the second period during the Eagles’ 2-1 victory over Hill-Murray. Carlos Gonzalez