All the presents have been opened and the cookie coma has worn off. It's time to find the champion of the South St. Paul Premier Tournament. From the drop of the puck both teams are flying and playing physical hockey. From even the first few shifts of the game the Wildcats are out-shooting Hasting two to one. But unfortunately two of Hasting few shots resulted in goals as they were on the power-play. Just before the end of the first period Eagan's Senior Forward, Cullen Myhre gets one past the Hastings Goal-tender. Assists going to Senior Forward, Will Heutmaker and Senior Defenseman, Eli Dolney. The first period ends with Hastings leading Eagan by a score of two to one.
The second period starts similarly to the first. Eagan is in the box again but is able to kill off the first penalty and gets a bonus short handed goal by Senior Forward and Captain, Nick Sherek. The assist goes to Senior Center and Captain, Keegan Johnson. This ties the game at 2 a piece. The next few minutes don't go as well. Eagan once again is in the penalty box and Hastings takes advantage of the mis-match and goes up by a score of three to two. After trading a few more penalties back and forth the Wildcats get on the board with a goal by Junior Forward and Assistant Captain, Jonny Meiers. Assists going to Sherek and Johnson. The second period ends with things all tied up at three.
The third period starts with both teams playing at a very fast pace. However, both teams also are physical but very much more under control. At nine and a half minutes gone in the final period that control slips and both teams go in the box for a roughing and a slashing penalty. Then just as both players are coming out of the box Hastings sneaks one past Manzella at the eleven and a half minute mark. For the next five minutes Eagan pounds the Hasting goalie with shots but no goals. Eagan even pulls Manzella for an extra man advantage. But as the horn sounds signaling the end of the game Eagan is defeated in the championship game by a final score of four to three. Eagan out-shot Hastings in every period and in the end by a margin of forty-two to eighteen. Eagan's next game is Friday the 4th at 7pm against Eastview at their house.