Eden Prairie tames Huskies in state girls hockey quarterfinals 4-2

Third-seeded Eden Prairie scored three unanswered goals to skate past Andover 4-2 in the Class AA state girls’ hockey quarterfinal game played at Xcel Energy Center Thursday afternoon. 

A scoreless first period gave way to a four-goal second period that saw the teams skate off the ice for the second intermission tied 2-2.

Andover senior captain Sierra Langlie fired a slapshot from just inside the blue line past Eagles goaltender Whitney Padgett to open the scoring on the power play just 3:05 into the period.

Eden Prairie (20-7) tied the game on a rebound goal by Crystalyn Hengler just over four minutes later.

Andover players are introduced before the Class AA state quarterfinal game at Xcel Energy Center Thursday afternoon. Photo by Jason Olson

Andover players are introduced before the Class AA state quarterfinal game at Xcel Energy Center Thursday afternoon. Photo by Jason Olson

Andover (16-10-3) retook the lead after Jordan Olsen made a heads-up read from behind the Eagles goal to find Abbie Turpin skating free toward the goal. Teammate Michelle Holmes let the puck sail past her where Turpin collected it on her stick, waiting for the goal to open up and fired a wrist shot past Padgett at 13:45.

Eden Prairie junior Charly Dahlquist slotted home a loose rebound at the back door side of the Huskies goal to tie the game up heading into the locker rooms.

Dahlquist, the Eagles leading scorer with 37 points coming into state, scored what would be the game-winner just 1:40 into the final period.

Andover's Sydney Portner, left, evades an Eden Prairie skater during the first period Thursday. Photo by Jason Olson

Andover’s Sydney Portner, left, evades an Eden Prairie skater during the first period Thursday. Photo by Jason Olson

She snapped a shot into the upper corner of the goal, over Rooney’s blocker to make it 3-2.

Eden Prairie added an empty net goal by Kate Rydland with 1:11 left to send the Eagles into Friday’s semifinal against Hill-Murray and Andover into the consolation bracket semifinal against Burnsville at Ridder Arena.

Rooney did a spectacular job of limiting Eden Prairie’s quality scoring changes even though the shots totals heavily favored the Eagles for the game 30-17. That includes a 15-3 edged in the second period when Andover scored twice.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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