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Second-period goals lift Maple Grove past Blaine into state tournament

By NATE GOTLIEB, Special to the Star Tribune, 02/14/20, 3:15PM CST

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The Crimson's Lauren Stenslie scored twice, including once into an empty net to seal a 4-2 section final victory.

The Maple Grove bench celebrates Lauren Stenslie's empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Maple Grove's Lauren Stenslie (16) carries the puck through center ice in the first period. Stenslie scored two goals, including an empty net goal in the last minute of the game to lead the Crimson to a 4-1 win. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Maple Grove scored three unanswered goals after Blaine took an early lead before holding on to defeat the Bengals 4-2 in the Class 2A, Section 5 girls’ hockey championship game at Rose­ville Ice Arena.

Lauren Stenslie scored the first of the three goals, corralling a pass from teammate Chloe Corbin and chipping the puck into the net less than a minute after Blaine took a 1-0 lead. Sam Nordstrom scored the go-ahead goal 18 seconds into the second period, and Brigit Goetsch gave the Crimson a two-goal lead over 15 minutes later.

Stenslie added an empty-netter with 31 seconds remaining in the game, after Blaine had cut the lead to one.

First report

Maple Grove scored three unanswered goals, including two in the second period, before holding on to defeat Blaine 4-2 in the Class 2A, Section 5 championship game Friday at Roseville Ice Arena.

Lauren Stenslie, Sam Nordstrom and Brigit Goetsch scored for the top-seeded Crimson (20-6-1), who trailed 1-0 after Blaine's Tess Enlow scored a power-play goal 6:03 into the first period. Stenslie added an empty-net goal with 31 seconds left in the third period to seal the victory.

Brityn Fussy also scored for the second-seeded Bengals (16-11).

Check back later for more on the game.

The Maple Grove bench celebrates Lauren Stenslie's empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

The Maple Grove bench celebrates Lauren Stenslie's empty-net goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

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