Boys Varsity Hockey · Boys Hockey: Maple Grove reaches 2A semifinals with 5-2 victory over Andover


Maple Grove goaltender Jack Wieneke (1) blocked a shot during the second period. Photo: Leila Navidi

All the practice the Maple Grove boys’ hockey team put into its power play this week looked wasted early in its quarterfinal game Wednesday against Andover.

The Crimson’s first two man-advantage opportunities barely sniffed the Huskies’ goal. In response, players were given a simple, urgent reminder.

Shoot.

And good things started happening when No. 4 seed Maple Grove (21-1) began firing salvos from afar. Three consecutive goals fueled a 5-2 victory at Xcel Energy Center.

“That became our goal later in the first period, to get pucks on net,” senior defenseman Henry Nelson said.

His team ahead 2-1, Nelson doubled the lead when pucks he shot were tipped into the net….

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