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Early birds get the win

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The Eden Prairie Eagles eased into the semifinals of the class AA girls hockey tournament on the heels of a dominating 6-0 win over Forest Lake. The second seeded Eagles held the Rangers to just 8 shots on goal and played suffocating defense the entire contest. Despite playing at 11am on the biggest stage, the Eagles brought their lunch pails and went to work.

"When you go to a rink like this, it's important to have that speed through the neutral zone" said head coach Jaime Grossman about his teams transition game. "I think we did that well at times offensively, the thing we preached this week is we don't want to get beat coming back into our zone."

With the entire roster playing in the tournament for the first time, the Eagles didn't take any time feeling right at home at the Xcel Energy Center. They scored a goal juat 1:17 into the game and put another one on the board a little more than two minutes later.

"We were worried about the nerves, worried about just not having our focus," said Grossman. "These kids impressed me. They came out the first few minutes and they were dominant."

Eagles goaltender McKenzie Johnson didn't see much work in net, but made the saves she needed to in the shutout win.

"This is definately one of the best defensive games I'd say," said Johnson. "I didn't see much action obviously. These are often times the hardest games than the ones where you come in and see shots every couple of seconds."

The Eagles will face the winner of Hill-Murray and Eagan tomorrow at 6PM at Xcel Energy Center.

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