by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Maple Grove exploded for six goals in the third period and went on to defeat host Osseo 7-1 last Saturday. Sam Valerius scored a hat trick and Nate Erickson had two goals to spark the Crimson.
The Crimson out shot Osseo 48-22 in the game but Osseo goalie Connor Dahlberg was stellar and kept the Orioles in the game. John Danielson was the winning goalie.
“We out shot them quite a bit but it’s one of those games where if we popped in a couple right away we’d probably move on and jump on them but they hung in there,” Maple Grove coach Gary Stefano said.
Erickson’s first period score gave MG a 1-0 lead but Osseo tied it early in the third period on a power play goal by Tyler Sims. The Orioles went on a power play after that but Maple Grove scored consecutive short-handed goals by Joe Norenberg and Valerius that gave MG a 3-1 lead. The Crimson took over after that as Valerius scored two more and Erickson and Sam Franta each netted one to complete the six-game explosion.
The Crimson entertain Blaine Thursday, Feb. 14, in the regular season finale. They will then try to defend their section title the following week.
“We have a three-game win streak now so we are playing pretty good hockey,” said Stefano. “We have 17, 18 guys on the roster and we are gearing up for the playoffs. We will use Thursday’s game to try to figure out some things and see how we want to settle in on the lines and try to move people around and rotate our goalies. We will make those decisions after Thursday.”
Osseo ends the regular season with away games at Andover Thursday, Feb. 14 and at Centennial Saturday, Feb. 16.
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