After losing to the Irish in both matchups last year, the Wildcats pulled out a huge victory in front of a packed house Saturday night. The game started with a moment of silence for former teammate Carter Weber and for Kevin Kawlewski, father of junior defensemen Isaac Kawlewski, who passed just two nights before the matchup. The entire Kawlewski clan was in the stands cheering on Isaac and his teammates in what proved to be an emotional victory for Eagan fans and players.
Eagan got on the boards first with a first period goal from senior forward Brandon Wuertz in a hard-fought battle in front of the net. Assists went to his senior forward linemates, Tyler Boor and Luke Schammel. Rosemount would tie it up at 10:39 in the second with a goal from Jake Smith on the powerplay. But the Wildcats would get a momentum building goal late in the second from Schammel who sniped one past the goalie, a backhanded, upper-corner beauty, with less than a minute to play before the end of the period. 2-1 Eagan.
The Irish pulled their goalie at the end of the game and Schammel got an empty-netter with less than a minute to play to give the Wildcats a decisive victory. Senior goalie Jeremy Manzella had a stellar performance in nets turning away 28 shots, including several breakaways. The Wildcats gave the Irish 7 powerplay opportunities with six of those penalties served by Eagan defensemen.
The JV team also had a nice victory over the Irish, defeating them 4-1. Sophomore forward Louie Reichenbach and Junior defenseman Ethan Schnaser each with two tallies for the Wildcats.
The Eagan Summer Meltdown Hockey Tournament is a player and fan favorite. This year didn't disappoint. The 16 team roster battled in pool play for days one and two with the top four teams across the four pools advancing to Sunday's championship games. Eastview beat Burnsville's team one in double overtime to take home the trophy. The Eagan II team missed advancing in a tiebreaker by a one-point goal differential. The Eagan I team went 1-2 for the tourney.
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Our hearts are heavy. The Eagan boys hockey community lost a dear friend and former player last night. Prayers to the Webers.