Benilde-St. Margaret's goalie Carson Limesand stops a scoring chance by Eden Prairie forward Jack Jensen during the first period Saturday evening. Jensen would go on to finish with a pair of goals and three points. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
At times, final scores may be deceiving. That certainly is the case in Eden Prairie's 4-2 victory over Benilde-St. Margaret's at the Eden Prairie Community Center on Saturday.
Outside of an 11-second hiccup midway through the third period, the Eagles dominated play to claim the win.
"That was one of our better efforts this year for sure," Eden Prairie coach Lee Smith said. "We knew the Red Knights were a good hockey team that is well-coached and plays hard. But all of our guys showed up, both mentally and physically, and we played well as a result."
Senior forward Jack Jensen, who scored two of the Eagles’ goals, said a bad loss at Stillwater motivated the Eagles. In that matchup, on Feb. 5, Eden Prairie lost 7-5 after giving up four third-period goals to the Ponies.
"Everyone was going hard and playing defense, finishing checks well tonight," he said. "We were making clean passes, and our D was moving the puck up well to make our breakouts really complete."
Eden Prairie forward John Mittelstadt and Benilde-St. Margarets' defenseman Tristan Sarsland battle for the puck in the neutral zone Saturday night. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Jack Jensen scored a pair of goals to lead Eden Prairie to a 4-2 victory over Benilde-St. Margaret's at the Eden Prairie Community Center on Saturday evening.
The Eagles, ranked No. 9 in the Class 2A state coaches’ poll, soared to a 4-0 lead through the first two periods of play.
Eden Prairie (13-8-2, 2-3-0) also got goals from Sam Wilhite and Keegan Langefels in the win.
Benilde-St. Margaret's (15-6-0, 3-1-0) saw its five-game winning streak snapped, despite third-period goals by Blake Mesenberg and Charlie Bischel just 11 seconds apart.
Axel Rosenlund finished with 24 saves for the Eagles, while Carson Limesand stopped 28 shots for the No. 8-2A Red Knights.
Benilde-St. Margaret's forward Blake Messenberg maintains control of the puck after being shoved by Eden Prairie defenseman Luke Mittelstadt during the second period Saturday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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