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Third period powers Eden Prairie

By Staff, 03/31/21, 9:30PM CDT


Eagles take flight with five goals in final period

It took until the third period but No. 1 seed Eden Prairie showed the offensive firepower it is known for as the Eagles scored five third-period goals and defeated St. Thomas Academy 6-2 Wednesday evening at the Xcel Energy Center.

Carter Batchelder netted both of his goals in the final 17 minutes for Eden Prairie, now 19-1-2. Luke Mittelstadt had three assists while Drew Holt and Jackson Blake each were credited with a goal and two assists.

Holt got the Eagles on the board with a power-play goal in the first period only to see St. Thomas Academy tie the game 1:37 into the second period on a goal by Jared Wright. St. Thomas Academy falls to 13-5-3 by suffering its third loss of the season to Eden Prairie.

Batchelder opened the third period with a rebound goal at 3:27. Riku Brown gave Eden Prairie a 3-1 lead 73 seconds later and the Eagles never looked back.

Eden Prairie has now won nine-straight state tournament opening-round games.

Key Moment
Batchelder’s goal to open the third-period scoring.

Three Stars

  1. Batchelder. The Eagles’ leading goals scorer with 30 got things started in the third period.
  2. Blake. His speed and moves were on display
  3. Holt. He opened the Eagles’ scoring and helped on two others.

Up Next
Eden Prairie, unbeaten in its last 19 games, will play No. 4 seed Maple Grove (21-1) in Friday’s 8 p.m. semifinal.

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