Eden Prairie celebrates a first-period goal by Sam Wilhite (17) en route to the Eagles' 6-4 victory over Elk River Thursday at the Edina Holiday Classic. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Eden Prairie forward Spencer Rudrud fights for the puck in the crease along with Elk River's Zach Michaelis and goaltender Kyle Esperum during the first period Thursday night at Braemar Arena in Edina. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Eden Prairie scored four first-half goals Thursday en route to a 6-4 win over Elk River in the Holiday Classic at Edina’s Braemar Arena.
Eden Prairie, ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A state coaches’ poll, scored 72 seconds into the game, as Drew Holt (1-3-4) netted a rebound from a John Mittelstadt shot attempt. It took Elk River just 66 seconds to respond, and then another minute for a second goal. Jack Ferry scored on a power play, then Zachary Michaelis scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds later.
The Eagles (3-1-1) added three goals in the final five minutes of the period: Jacob Lillejord, Sam Wilhite and Mittelstadt all tallied goals to put the Eagles ahead 4-2 going into the first intermission.
Keegan Langefels scored the second period’s lone goal on a wrist shot from near the blue line, extending the Eagles’ lead to 5-2.
The Elks’ (3-2-0) Zach Stroh scored a power-play goal with 6:35 left in the game, giving them life for a possible comeback. The Eagles shut that down quickly, as Jack Jensen scored 45 seconds later to restore Eden Prairie’s three-goal lead.
Michaelis (5-5-10) tacked on a late Elks goal — his second — but the Eagles were able to hold on for the 6-4 win.
Eden Prairie’s John and Luke Mittelstadt each finished with three points — three assists for Luke Mittelstadt (1-8-9), and a goal and two assists for John Mittelstadt (3-7-10).
Elk River junior forward Zach Michaelis finished with a pair of goals in Thursday night's 6-4 loss to Eden Prairie. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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