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Edina Peewee AA Tourney Results (first two rounds)

By frederick61, 12/30/12, 1:15PM CST

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Blaine goalie Bryce Crowley turns to cover a bouncing puck in the crease in the Bengals 6-4 loss to Osseo/Maple Grove Sunday at the Edina Invitational

After two rounds of pool play Saturday and Sunday, things are fairly clear on the match-ups for the Championship semifinals played Tuesday Morning.  Edina with the #1 seed is likely to play Wild Card seed (Wayzata or Eden Prairie).  Lakeville South (#2 or #3 seed) is likely to play Centennial (#2 or #3 seed).  Based on YHH rankings, #1 Edina plays #9 Wayzata or #10 Eden Prairie in one semifinal game.  In the second semifinal game #2 Lakeville South plays #13 Centennial.

Pool A

Edina AA beat Elk River AA 8-2 in their first Pool A game played Saturday.  The Hornets beat St. Michael/Albertville AA 4-1 Sunday.  Lakeville North AA lost to STMA 2-0 Saturday and came back to surprise everybody, beating Elk River 5-1.  Lakeville North and Edina play in tomorrow morning.  If Edina is the winner of that game, they will take the Pool A #1 seed into the Championship Semifinals Tuesday.  If Edina loses, they will likely take the wild card seed based +8 in goal differential going into Mondays play.   Edina would have to lose big (4 or 5 goals) to not advance.

The Panthers can beat Edina and still not advance.  To be assured of advancing, they need Elk River to beat STMA to avoid a 3-way tie for first in Pool A.  In a 3-way tie, Edina would take first based on goal differential.  Lakeville North could lose even the wild card seed to STMA.

STMA needs a big win over their neighboring rivals to hang on to their slim chance of advancing.  If the Knights get that, they could be back in the title chase.  Only Pool A’s Elk River is out of the chase for this year’s title.  But they could spoil the Knights party.

If Edina beats Lakeville North they would advance to the pool Championship with the #1 seed.  A +9 or more goal differential is better than Centennial (currently +2) can achieve.  Lakeville South (+5) could catch the Hornets with a big win over Blaine and if North keeps the Edina game close, but that is not likely to happen.  Blaine is having a good tourney.

Pool B

Lakeville South beat Osseo/Maple Grove in Saturday’s Pool B opener and beat Chaska 4-1 in Sunday’s game.  The Cougars took a 2-0 lead against Chaska in the first period.

Chaska scored in the opening seconds of the second period.  South came back to score two quick goals to take a 4-1 lead.  The first goal came when a Cougar forward came off the end boards from the right behind the Chaska net.  He caught the goalie moving too soon to the left post, cut sharply to the right post and bounced the puck off the goalie’s pads into the net.  Less than a minute later, the Chaska goalie slid behind the net and tried to stop a sliding puck, the puck hit the stick and knocked it out of his hand.  Before he could pick up the stick and gain the crease, the Cougars put the puck into the open net.

Osseo/Maple Grove AA ran into a tough, improving Blaine team Sunday.  Blaine led 3-1 late in the second period and took two penalties to create an OMG 5-on-3 situation.  OMG scored twice to tie the game 3-3 as the second period ended.  Blaine came back with a power play goal to take a 4-3 lead early in the third period only to have OMG tie the game thirty seconds later on a power play.

The two teams put on a great show battling for the tie breaker.  OMG got it at the 5 minute mark and added another goal at the 2 minute mark to win 6-4.  Chaska and Blaine tied 6-6 on Saturday.  As a result, both teams are out of the running.

Lakeville South is the Pool B champion.  If they lose and OMG wins, the Cougar’s will still hold the tie breaker (head to head).  South will likely end up the #2 seed to the Championship Semifinals.  OMG has to win big over Chaska to have a chance to advance.

Pool C

Centennial eked out a 5-4 win over Wayzata on Saturday and eked out another one goal win over Eden Prairie 4-3 on Sunday.  A win over Stillwater Monday, puts them in the Championship Semifinals as the Pool C champion mostly likely with the #2 or #3 seed playing Lakeville South.  A lost to Stillwater would still put them in the Championship Semifinals as either the #2 or #3 seed still most likely playing South.

Wayzata and Eden Prairie are playing for the wild card.  The team that wins that game Monday will end up with a goal differential of +5 or more and the wild card seed.  The only team that Wayzata or Eden Prairie could lose to at a +5 in Pool A is Edina.  Lakeville North would have to beat Edina for that to happen.  Edina is currently +8.  A STMA win over Elk River in Pool A Monday by 5 or more goals would only give the Knights a +4.  The Knights need to have Wayzata and Eden Prairie tie.

In Pool B, OMG (currently +0) would need to beat Chaska by 5 goals to get to +5.  Chaska has been playing well and OMG struggled to beat Blaine Sunday 6-4.  The Crimson forwards had three point blank shots at Blaine’s open net after the Bengals pulled their goalie and clanked two of them of the iron.  That may have cost OMG a ticket to the Championship.

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