Sunday, February 28, 2010

A win, a loss

First the loss....Olympic Hockey Gold medal game....Canada 3, USA 2 in overtime. Close game, hosting nation won...perfect ending for them I'd say. I decided to make a hockey symbol after all, to round out my collection. What a fun couple of weeks. Now I want to travel to Vancouver. Someday.

Now for the hockey win. Eden Prairie High School boys vs. Wayzata....section finals....trying to win their way to the State tournament.

Eden Prairie won it all last year. They've been ranked in the top 5 in the state for most of the season. Unfortunately they are in one of the toughest sections of the season. They were seeded 3rd in the section playoffs....under Wayzata (2) and Minnetonka (1). Saturday they played Wayzata. They played in the Braemer ice was a crazy atmosphere....blaring music in between the reminded me of a minor league baseball game. Fun! E.P. took a 1-0 lead in the first period.

When the Zamboni came out between periods Eric noticed that Fred Flintstone was along for a ride. He looked a little nervous being taken out of the stone age and placed in the ice age. Maybe he was just cold.

The teams were pretty evenly matched. Wayzata tied the score at 1 to 1 in the 2nd period. Sorry for the dark pictures, it was a challenge in there.

Eden Prairie's goalie was hot, hot, hot....

There were a lot of shots on goal that he warded off.

He even blocked one with his face mask, which fell off because the strap broke. A team mate and the referee helped him out and he was good to go.

The play was fast, the shots were hard, the glass boards weren't very high.... a player went to clear the puck with a hard shot towards the boards....

...and I looked up to see this puck screaming towards me! ACK!!!

I ducked, it hit the guy behind me in the arm. Sorry for ducking Mr....but that would have been my face. Whew. OK, back to the game. It was 3-1 with time running out. The other team called a time out. The E.P. Eagles caught their breath and formed their plan.

Wayzata pulled their goalie to put another skater on the ice. Their plan didn't work. An empty net goal scored by E.P. and the game was over.

And the celebration began. Next up, Minnetonka....rated # 1 in the state. Winner goes to the State Tournament, loser goes home.

Getting there will be tough. But it will be fun to watch. There might not be gold medals involved, but it's just as important to these kids as those gold medals were to the Olympic athletes. Go Eagles!

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