Eden Prairie outlasts Lakeville South in triple-overtime thriller

March 07, 2019 06:16 PM

Eden Prairie senior forward Jack Jensen scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime of the Class AA quarterfinal game to lead No. 3 Eden Prairie to a 3-2 victory over Lakeville South on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. 

Eden Prairie senior defenseman Clayton Shultz opened the game with an early first period goal, giving him his first goal of the season. Sophomore forward Drew Holt scored later that period giving the Eagles an early 2-0 lead. Lakeville answered with a second period goal off the stick of sophomore defenseman Griffin Ludtke. With just 55 seconds expired off the clock in the third period, sophomore forward Jack Novak tied the game at 2-2. The game remained scoreless until Jensen’s 35th goal of the season late in the third overtime. 

Eagles junior goalie Axel Rosenlund stopped 27 shots in the victory, while Lakeville South senior goalie Henry Welsch had 63 saves for the Cougars. Welsch was just two saves short of tying the record set in 1996 by Karl Goehring of Apple Valley.

The No. 3 Eagles will head to the semifinals against #2 Blaine on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. Lakeview South will meet White Bear Lake on Friday at 10 a.m. in the consolation semifinals at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. 

The Class AA quarterfinal Thursday afternoon attendance was 18,559.

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