Five-Goal Burst Powers Grand Rapids Past Maple Grove

March 09, 2017 11:38 PM

Grand Rapids used a run of five straight goals to spin a 2-0 deficit to Maple Grove into a 5-2 lead on their way to a 6-3 win in the Class AA Quarterfinals.

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Maple Grove went ahead on first period goals from Trevor Kukkonen and Sam Huff in the first 4:26 of the game.

Gavin Hain answered for Grand Rapids, sending the game to the first intermission with Maple Grove up 2-1 and triggering the Thunderhawks five-goal avalanche.

John Stampohar tied the game at 2-2 5:03 into the second, and over the course of the next 8:33 the Thunderhawks scored three more.  Jack Burnson, Drake Anderson and Blake McLaughlin completed the flurry to put Grand Rapids up 5-2 after two periods.

Maple Grove's Justin Kelley cut it to 5-3 18-seconds into the third, but McLaughlin's second goal of the game stretched Grand Rapids' lead back to 6-3.

Jayden Walsh added one last tally for the Crimson, but Grand Rapids closed the door down the stretch.

Thunderhawks goalie Zach Stejskal made 25 saves in the win. 

Ehtan Haider stopped 28 shots for Maple Grove.

Grand Rapids advances to the Class AA Semifinals where they'll face #1-seed Eden Prairie on Friday night.


Chris Long

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