AA Semifinal: Grand Rapids vs. Eden Prairie

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AA Semifinal: Grand Rapids vs. Eden Prairie

Post by karl(east) » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:24 am

And the winner is...

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Post by ladybing » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:55 am

Mittelstadt seems to be virtually uncontainable.

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Re: AA Semifinal: Grand Rapids vs. Eden Prairie

Post by kniven » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:57 am

karl(east) wrote:And the winner is...
My head says GR and my heart says GR. Section 7 AA baby!!!! Getter done boys :)))

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Post by BodyShots » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:59 am

I picked GR in the Tourney Challenge, but after losing a top forward and watching their defense last night, lets just say I'm not comfortable with my pick. :?

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:13 am

I'm not sure if GR has ever beat Eden Prairie. I know they have lost to them a bunch of times. That being said:

This group played the toughest schedule in forever and handled it well.
This group was able to get past Duluth East in the Section 7AA final.
This group was able to get by a very good Bemidji team last night. They were
1-6 against northern teams in the tournament all time prior to that.

Eden Prairie is very good and has some great players but I am going to go with GR in this one for two reasons.

1- They keep finding ways to get it done.
2- I always pick the orange and black.
:)

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Post by @hockeytweet » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:51 am

EP 4
GR 3

In a classic.

I would love to reverse it. However, I also predict on those 4 goals, #11 with 2G, 2A. How do you stop him? Apparently no one in high school can. Maybe the next level?

Without CM, EP is on the sofa watching 45.

Orange has a chance if they pepper that EP goalie. I'm not a rocket scientist but the save % that Durocher is putting up isn't Tourney caliber. Anoka put three by him on what was it? 15 shots?

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Post by jeffpv » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:55 am

I'd prefer GR win, but I think it'll be EP by a score of 6-4.

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Post by BodyShots » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:57 am

@hockeytweet wrote:EP 4
GR 3

In a classic.

I would love to reverse it. However, I also predict on those 4 goals, #11 with 2G, 2A. How do you stop him? Apparently no one in high school can. Maybe the next level?

Without CM, EP is on the sofa watching 45.

Orange has a chance if they pepper that EP goalie. I'm not a rocket scientist but the save % that Durocher is putting up isn't Tourney caliber. Anoka put three by him on what was it? 15 shots?
And what was he doing on that third goal? :oops:

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Post by BlueLine_D » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:41 am

If you're Grand Rapids how do you go about trying to stop Mittelstadt? Do you try to get Mattson's line out there against him and hope they can hold him to a point or two and play for the low-scoring 3-2/2-1 matchup? Or do you put your second or third line against Mittelstadt and go for the fast paced 6-5 shootout game?

I also understand that EP has last change which will allow them to pick the match-ups they want. So I guess the real question will be do they choose to match 1v1 or let #11 go against GR's second and third line.

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Post by WestMetro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:58 am

EP by 2. Sad GR doesn't have all their resources and had to reshuffle lines

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:05 am

WestMetro wrote:EP by 2. Sad GR doesn't have all their resources and had to reshuffle lines
I don't think it's any different than other teams who are missing players due to injuries. You have to suit up the players that are there and go out and get at it.

They are good enough to play with the Eagles. They just have to do it.

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Post by WestMetro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:09 am

Grindian, agree with all that, but I'm still a little bummed bout it

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:22 am

WestMetro wrote:Grindian, agree with all that, but I'm still a little bummed bout it
I hear ya. Me too.

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Post by mnmouth » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:09 am

grindiangrad-80 wrote:
WestMetro wrote:EP by 2. Sad GR doesn't have all their resources and had to reshuffle lines
I don't think it's any different than other teams who are missing players due to injuries. You have to suit up the players that are there and go out and get at it.

They are good enough to play with the Eagles. They just have to do it.
Graeber stepped up last night & had a strong game. No reason to think he won't again. Leaves their 3rd line intact. They'll be all right.

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Post by WestMetro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:37 am

Well, I should add the additional thought: it is more important how GR decides to defend and disrupt CM , than is the the loss of one key GR forward. West Metro teams were successful in this in the last part of the season, Hopefully GR can learn from that , compared to their Dec Braemar game. I will say again what I've been saying all season long : defenders got to watch CM chest, not his hands, stickblade ,feet or eyes

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Post by BodyShots » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:40 am

WestMetro wrote:Well, I should add the additional thought: it is more important how GR decides to defend and disrupt CM , than is the the loss of one key GR forward. West Metro teams were successful in this in the last part of the season, Hopefully GR can learn from that , compared to their Dec Braemar game. I will say again what I've been saying all season long : defenders got to watch CM chest, not his hands, stickblade ,feet or eyes
Isn't that true for all defensemen? I haven't seen Hermantown much, but Aamodt has been walked twice in the past two days watching the puck! Shocking, considering all the talk about how good he is.

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Post by WestMetro » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:48 am

Yes it is, but aside from his speed - CM is the best with the fakes, and making you pay if you go for them

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Post by Mavs » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:54 am

Have to go EP

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Post by ThePuckStopsHere » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:57 am

Mavs wrote:Have to go EP
Of course you do Zosel. :roll:

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Post by hadenuf » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:08 pm

Back in the old days we would have turned Scot Kleinendorst on Middlestadt.
That would make him hide in the corner and weep.

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Post by hadenuf » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:09 pm

Back in the old days we would have turned Scot Kleinendorst on Middlestadt.
That would make him hide in the corner and weep.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:29 pm

hadenuf wrote:Back in the old days we would have turned Scot Kleinendorst on Middlestadt.
That would make him hide in the corner and weep.

He was a solid blueliner. Great defender and always kept his shot from the point low and on net.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:31 pm

Mittlestadt (sp) is a monster. GR needs to contain him a little or this could get away.
Eagles have not allowed much pressure either.

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Post by Puckstopper81 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:56 pm

EP doesn't have a team without Middlestadt. Plain and simple. EP team or coaches can't function without him.

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Post by LASERBLUE135 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:59 pm

Casey is sick! But question? Why wasn't that a stoppage before it went in the net? Delayed penalty?

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