by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Maple Grove defeated Osseo 5-0 in a Section 5 quarterfinal game at Champlin Ice Arena Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Crimson were in top form and dominated play. They outshot the Orioles 42-12. Josh Passolt scored two goals and had one assist, Joe Norenberg had a goal and an assist, Sam Huff and Drake Thomsen each netted a goal and Sam Valerius notched two helpers. Brady Goodman was the winning goalie.
“I was really happy with how we played against Osseo,” Maple Grove coach Tom Starkey said. “We took care of things we needed to take care of.”
Maple Grove, seeded second, advances to the section semifinal against No. 3 Centennial Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the State Fairground Coliseum. The section final will be Friday, Feb. 28, at the Coliseum. Maple Grove defeated Centennial in overtime and earned a 1-1 during the season. They are 0-2 against top-seeded Blaine.
“It really comes down to a three-game season to see who gets to go to state,” Starkey said. “We do feel like we are peaking at the right time and we are in a good spot. Our top line is really clicking and our second line can score just as much and our third line does not give up any. Our defense is playing great and we are getting great goaltending from Brady. We feel like we have a good chance this year.”
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