Breck was 0-for-3 on the power play and down 1-0 through two periods against Grand Rapids/Greenway. The advice from the Breck coaching staff at the second intermission was positive and simple.
“We didn’t have a bad second period, I don’t think,” said Breck coach Keith Radloff. “We just kind of told them to continue it and increase the shots, keep going to the net and don’t give up.”
Nothing out of the ordinary for hockey advice, but the result was extraordinary as Breck scored five third-period goals — including the tying and go-ahead goals in just a 22-second span — for a 5-2 win over Grand Rapids/Greenway, ranked No. 8 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational at Braemar Arena in Edina.
Breck was 0-for-3 on the power play and down 1-0 through two periods against Grand Rapids/Greenway. But the Mustangs came out for the third like a team that was behind and needed to find a way to score.
It may sound simple, but it worked out quite well.
After junior forward Ashley Halverson tied the game at the 3:08 mark of the third, the Mustangs scored a pair of goals 22 seconds apart – one on the power play – to grab a 3-2 lead with 9 minutes, 37 seconds to play. They added two more and the result was a 5-2 win for Breck, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, over No. 8-2A Grand Rapids/Greenway in the quarterfinals of the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational on Wednesday at Braemar Arena in Edina.
With five third-period goals from five different players, Breck (10-3, 1-0) handed the Lightning (12-2) just their second loss of the season. Olivia Mobley, a junior forward, assisted on three of the scores.
Forwards Claire Vekich and Maddie Drotts scored for the Lightning.
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