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Behind five third-period goals, Breck puts away Grand Rapids/Greenway at Walser Invitational

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 12/26/18, 9:00AM CST

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The Mustangs were down 1-0 after two periods when five goal scorers pelted the Lightning to earn the win in the third.

Sadie Lindsay (8) sends the game-winning goal over the shoulder of Emily Trast (29). Breck netted five goals in the third period to overtake Grand Rapids/Greenway 5-2 in the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Sadie Lindsay (8) sends the game-winning goal over the shoulder of Emily Trast (29). Breck netted five goals in the third period to overtake Grand Rapids/Greenway 5-2 in the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Breck goaltender Ally Frantzick gets in front of the puck. Frantzick tallied 20 saves in the Mustangs' 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Lightning at Braemar Arena in Edina. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Breck goaltender Ally Frantzick gets in front of the puck. Frantzick tallied 25 saves in the Mustangs' 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Lightning at Braemar Arena in Edina. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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.

First Report

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.

Emily Trast (29) stretches for the save late in the third period. Trast and the Lightning held the Mustangs scoreless through two periods in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Emily Trast (29) stretches for the save late in the third period. Trast and the Lightning held the Mustangs scoreless through two periods in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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