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Photos: Maple Grove Faces Edina During Turkey Trot Tournament

Nov 26, 2017 08:38PM ● By Doug Erlien

Maple Grove Senior High Boys Hockey Team during the Turkey Trot Boys Hockey Tournament. (photo by Doug Erlien / Maple Grove Voice)

During the 15th annual Turkey Trot Tournament at the Plymouth Ice Center (hosted by the Wayzata High School boys hockey team), the Maple Grove Senior High team faced the Edina Hornets in the championship round on Saturday, Nov. 25, losing to Edina by a score of 6-2

For the Maple Grove Crimson boys hockey team, their season has started the past few years by playing in the CCX Media Turkey Trot Tournament after Thanksgiving. This year, three top ten teams joined the Crimson including 10th ranked Wayzata, seventh ranked Holy Family and top ranked Edina.

The Crimson picked up an impressive shootout victory over Wayzata in the first round of the tournament. A game that saw Maple Grove finish the first period with two shots on goal. Both shots found the back of the net giving the Crimson a 2-0 lead. They would fall behind in the third period 3-2, but would tie the game on a Tyler Kostelecky goal early in the third period before winning in a shootout. Officially, the Crimson earned a tie against the Trojans to advance to the tournament championship thanks in large part to sophomore goaltender Ethan Haider who made 34 saves in the win.

Next up for Maple Grove?

Top ranked Edina.

The Crimson found out quickly how fast and deep the Hornets were. Edina scored 1:38 into the game when Liam Malmquist sent a shot past Haider. Maple Grove seemed to settle in after that and tied the game on the powerplay at 12:03 of the first period. The Hornets would answer late in the period on an Even Shoemaker goal giving Edina a 2-1 lead after the first period. Haider was solid in net making nine saves, keeping the game close.

Edina took a two goal lead in the second period, but Haider held the Hornets at three goals then watched his team pull within a goal when Matt Jaglo scored late in the second period.

That’s when the Hornets took over.

Edina scored three goals in two and a half minutes of the final period. The first came when the Crimson took back-to-back tripping penalties giving the Hornets a 5-on-3 advantage which they took advantage of when Jett Jungels took a centering feed and rifled it past Haider at 3:16 of the final period. Shoemaker and Jungles would score 43 seconds apart just two minutes later ending any hopes of a Crimson comeback.

Haider made 36 saves in the loss.

Maple Grove (0-1-1) will face Totino-Grace at home on Thursday, Nov. 30 and then will travel to Champlin Park on Saturday.

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