AA Semifinal: Grand Rapids vs. Eden Prairie

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Post by edgeless2 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:10 pm

Boy did North Dakota buy high on 21. Kids a ghost.

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Post by hshockeyfan8 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:13 pm

LASERBLUE135 wrote:Casey is sick! But question? Why wasn't that a stoppage before it went in the net? Delayed penalty?
Defending team has to have control of the puck, not just have it hit them.

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Post by LASERBLUE135 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:26 pm

hshockeyfan8 wrote:
LASERBLUE135 wrote:Casey is sick! But question? Why wasn't that a stoppage before it went in the net? Delayed penalty?
Defending team has to have control of the puck, not just have it hit them.
If the same play happened, but the puck didn't go in the goal I imagine it would have been whistled dead.

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Post by mulefarm » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:34 pm

edgeless2 wrote:Boy did North Dakota buy high on 21. Kids a ghost.[/quote
I not sure if he his just having a bad game? Haven't seen any thing but a very average high school player.

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Post by Slammer » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:56 pm

Rapids with an embarrassing outing at the X. Should've been the hounds this year.

Well, they had their fun. Time for the Hounds to come back.

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Post by east hockey » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:18 pm

Slammer wrote:Rapids with an embarrassing outing at the X. Should've been the hounds this year.

Well, they had their fun. Time for the Hounds to come back.
Rapids was better than East this year. Sometimes you just gotta take those red and grey glasses off and see reality.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:30 pm

Eden Prairie was the better team and that Mittlestadt guy is something else. I hate to see it end like that but it is what it is. Rapids gave it a run and tied it up in the 2nd but then the Eagles answered convincingly.

All in all, it was a good ride. I am already looking forward to next year.

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Post by pekyman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:32 pm

Wayzata vs EP in the AA championship.
Are they not the to biggest schools in mn?
3,000 + students. Not fair, they should move up to the USHL!

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:33 pm

mulefarm wrote:
edgeless2 wrote:Boy did North Dakota buy high on 21. Kids a ghost.[/quote
I not sure if he his just having a bad game? Haven't seen any thing but a very average high school player.
:roll:

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Post by meridian90 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:40 pm

I will be interested to see if Rapids can return next year. They don't appear to lose a ton, and if McLaughlin is as good as people say, I think he makes up for whatever loss Mattson is considered.

miller was the best Rapids forward in the first two games, and it wasn't even that close.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:49 pm

meridian90 wrote:I will be interested to see if Rapids can return next year. They don't appear to lose a ton, and if McLaughlin is as good as people say, I think he makes up for whatever loss Mattson is considered.

miller was the best Rapids forward in the first two games, and it wasn't even that close.
Adams was pretty good too.

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Post by goldy313 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:58 pm

grindiangrad-80 wrote:Eden Prairie was the better team and that Mittlestadt guy is something else. I hate to see it end like that but it is what it is. Rapids gave it a run and tied it up in the 2nd but then the Eagles answered convincingly.

All in all, it was a good ride. I am already looking forward to next year.
Mittlestadt was crazy good.......
Deroucher made some key saves too in the second when GR had the momentum.
That short handed goal really changed the game, I thought if Rapids got one on that power play they would also get the next 2 or 3 and they'd be on their way.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:05 pm

goldy313 wrote:
grindiangrad-80 wrote:Eden Prairie was the better team and that Mittlestadt guy is something else. I hate to see it end like that but it is what it is. Rapids gave it a run and tied it up in the 2nd but then the Eagles answered convincingly.

All in all, it was a good ride. I am already looking forward to next year.
Mittlestadt was crazy good.......
Deroucher made some key saves too in the second when GR had the momentum.
That short handed goal really changed the game, I thought if Rapids got one on that power play they would also get the next 2 or 3 and they'd be on their way.
GR has always had a real tough time with Eden Prairie.

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Post by TheNightman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:12 pm

meridian90 wrote:I will be interested to see if Rapids can return next year. They don't appear to lose a ton, and if McLaughlin is as good as people say, I think he makes up for whatever loss Mattson is considered.

miller was the best Rapids forward in the first two games, and it wasn't even that close.
Mattson, Adams, Bischoff is quite a bit to lose. But if Hain, McLaughlin, and Miller are all back they'll be in good shape.

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Post by TheNightman » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:14 pm

Mittelstadt is having the best tournament performance since _______

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Post by green4 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:15 pm

pekyman wrote:Wayzata vs EP in the AA championship.
Are they not the to biggest schools in mn?
3,000 + students. Not fair, they should move up to the USHL!
Two Biggest schools in minnesota, probably the only two schools in the state that can't sell out their share of tickets for the X. Ep is brutal in that regard.
Wayzata appeared to sell out to the students, but there was an awkward zone where nobody was sitting that would appear to be for the community members.

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Post by dherman8 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:42 pm

TheNightman wrote:Mittelstadt is having the best tournament performance since _______
Someone else that has played 2 games? It doesn't mean as much if you don't close the deal. We will see.

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Post by Ogie » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:43 pm

GR student section rocked the joint when the score got tied at 2.

A shame the Thunderhawks pooped out.....The house was pullin' for 'em.
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Post by 50in15 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:36 pm

TheNightman wrote:Mittelstadt is having the best tournament performance since _______
Love the question and was discussing tonight. I said leddy.

Could do besse, owned the tourney as a junior, or rau.

What is his plan for next year?

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Post by north_bear » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:23 pm

Boy the atmosphere in the first semifinal game was awesome. Back and forth chants and an attentive crowd. Was hopeful that would carry over to the second game but it didn't for the most part. Not really a rivalry between GR and Eden Prairie and or the Eden Prairie student section aren't big chanters.

Eden Prairie was pretty much in control the whole time. They are good. Rapids showed some grit and resolve coming back from a two goal deficit. They had Eden Prairie on the ropes and I thought we might be in for a barn burner, after a lackluster first period, GR was on the power play but a mistake and short handed goal pretty much killed that. Casey is really good. GR gave too much time and space. Maybe a more physical approach would have been better than trying to run and gun with them. EP defense was good at eliminating time and space.

Mattson is a good player but he struggles in traffic. He has silky smooth hands and is great at setting up plays but sometimes his legs look like they're stuck in the mud. Compared to Casey or Micah Miller whos engines are always running.

It stinks to play the "what if" card for GR since a top player was out. He would have made a difference but still may not have been enough. Still I'm left to wonder. Adams did hit 2 posts for what it's worth.

This one stings but have to refocus for tomorrow. Still a lot to play for. A 3rd place banner would be a lot nicer than a 4th place. Finish the season strong boys!
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Post by OgieOgilthorpe2 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:51 am

TheNightman wrote:Mittelstadt is having the best tournament performance since _______
Had this discussion last night. Rau, Besse and Leddy were brought up, but had to go with Ness his sophomore year. Tough to compare defense to offense, but I think overall I haven't seen a player take over the tournament like this since Ness...however, we are having this conversation one day early :D

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Post by rainier » Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:05 am

pekyman wrote:Wayzata vs EP in the AA championship.
Are they not the to biggest schools in mn?
3,000 + students. Not fair, they should move up to the USHL!
If only there was a northern team capable of beating one of these teams. :roll:

Much respect to GR. They pass up Single A glory so that they can play against the best. 18,000 people were T-Hawk fans at the X tonight, and they have nothing but respect and admiration for a team that plays with kids from their own community and doesn't rely on open enrollment in a metro area in order to find talent. It's great that Klatt doesn't let those kids down by forcing them to put inferior teams into running time in an empty arena.

Congrats to GR on a great season and hopefully they can finish in a winning note!

I think GRs defense and goaltending will both be much improved next year and their top line of Hain-Miller-McLaughlin will be the best in the state. A return trip to the X is a strong possibility.
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Post by MrBoDangles » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:42 am

mulefarm wrote:
edgeless2 wrote:Boy did North Dakota buy high on 21. Kids a ghost.[/quote
I not sure if he his just having a bad game? Haven't seen any thing but a very average high school player.
Heard he showed a lot of heart and played with fifteen stitches in his hand when he was told not to. Sure he was worried about his hand opening up during the game..

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Post by edgeless2 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:44 am

rainier wrote:
pekyman wrote:Wayzata vs EP in the AA championship.
Are they not the to biggest schools in mn?
3,000 + students. Not fair, they should move up to the USHL!
If only there was a northern team capable of beating one of these teams. :roll:

Much respect to GR. They pass up Single A glory so that they can play against the best. 18,000 people were T-Hawk fans at the X tonight, and they have nothing but respect and admiration for a team that plays with kids from their own community and doesn't rely on open enrollment in a metro area in order to find talent. It's great that Klatt doesn't let those kids down by forcing them to put inferior teams into running time in an empty arena.

Congrats to GR on a great season and hopefully they can finish in a winning note!

I think GRs defense and goaltending will both be much improved next year and their top line of Hain-Miller-McLaughlin will be the best in the state. A return trip to the X is a strong possibility.
Well said much respect to GR. Just too much Casey.

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Post by grindiangrad-80 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:22 am

I have to ask. DJ and Northwoods haven't posted in a couple weeks. No way they could not be on here this weekend. Not trying to be nosy but it seems odd.

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