Eden Prairie opens strong, hangs on to defeat Centennial, advances to meet Lakeville North in semifinals

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The Eden Prairie Eagles faced off against the Centennial Cougars in game two of the 2014 MSHSL Boy’s Hockey Tournament quarterfinals on March 6, 2014.  The Eagles were the three seed and a school looking to win their third title in six years.  The Centennial Cougars entered the game unseeded and riding a six game unbeaten streak, looking to unseat the heavily favored Eagles.

The first ten minutes of the game could not have gone worse for the Cougars as the Eagles jumped to a 3-0 lead.  Eden Prairie would finish the first period up 4-1.  The second period belonged to the Cougars, who came out on fires, holding the Eagles scoreless (for the rest of the game) and adding two goals of their own.

The pivotal third period was a scoreless frenzy of activity.  Centennial’s Ryner Gorowsky came factions of an inch (and a rolling puck) from tying the game up in the third period.  The third period ended scoreless and the Eden Prairie Eagles hung on by the tips of their talons to advance to the semifinals.

Eden Prairie will meet the Lakeville North Panthers who skated into overtime before sending the Roseau Rams home.  The two teams met earlier this year when the Panthers shut out the Eagles.  Eden Prairie will look to even the season series and advance to the finals for the third time in six years.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for continued coverage of the 2014 MSHSL Boy’s Hockey Tournament.

Story by Matt Blewett
Photos by Rick Corwine