The Eagan Wildcats are on a nice roll right now and needing to shut down the Prior Lake Lakers like they did the first time these two teams met earlier in the season. However, the first period doesn't start so well for the Wildcats as with just two and a half minutes gone by in the first period the Lakers sneak one into the back of the net for an early one to zero lead. Other than that goal, there wasn't a lot to write home about in the first period. The Wildcats did go in the box once but killed off the penalty. And at the end of the first period its one to zero with the Lakers on top. the Lakers even out-shot the Wildcats eleven to seven.
As the second period began you could tell that the Wildcats had a bit more urgency in their stride. And with just over seven minutes gone in the second period it was Junior Defenseman and Assistant Captain, Max Meekin with the goal. Assists going to Senior Forward and Captain, Keegan Johnson and Junior Defenseman, Aidan Byrne. Then just four short minutes later, Junior Center, Cole Gibson finds the back of the net with assists going to Junior Forward, Henry Reiff and Senior Forward, Cullen Myhre. Then for more minutes go by and it's Myhre scoring from Gibson and Senior Defenseman, Jack Mason. Each team trades two penalties each but none are a factor in the score. So at the end of the second period the Wildcats get three and lead the Lakers three to one. Lakers still out-shot the Wildcats, eleven to ten.
At the start of the third period both teams seemed a little tight. Especially the Wildcats. Eagan makes a few mistakes during the period by committing four, two minute minor penalties. Fortunately the Wildcat penalty kill was on top of its game and managed to shut down the Lakers without issue. Shots on goal was lop-sided as well. The Lakers had eleven shots on goal and the Wildcats only had three. But Manzella stood strong and gets the win for the Wildcats by stopping thirty-two of thirty-three scoring chances. The Wildcats sweep the Lakers this season and get this win by the final score of three to one. You'll have to make a road trip or live up in Duluth to catch the Wildcats next two games. The Wildcats head up to Duluth on Friday for a match-up with Duluth Marshall on Friday night at 7pm. They then play the power-house Duluth East on Saturday at 5pm.