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7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:05 am
by mnmouth
Will Elks get revenge for December loss to THawks?

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:49 pm
by raidergrad72
Gotta go with the T-hawks on this one.
7-8 game win streak to end the reg. season. They're peaking at the right time.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:39 pm
by alcloseshaver
Elks have a penchant for giving up a lot of SOG, need to keep GR at 3 goals or less and hope a difference maker like Michaelis pops a few in. Would be ironic if in a down year this club pulls off a couple of upsets where some great teams have failed. Elks would have very little chance V Andover where Rapids can make a case for having a chance, albeit a small one.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:53 pm
by alcloseshaver
And for the Oliver Stone conspiracy theorists remember administration region 7 needs to have a decent gate to fill it’s coffers or Mr. D Mciver will have to get creative with the finances after the MSHSL has already come to the member schools to make up for a shortfall. With that being said an all South final would be better served played down here.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:08 pm
by Edinahopkins
The last time these guys met in Edina Rapids was playing it’s worst hockey and still Handley outplayed the elks. Elk river definitely has a chance it’s the playoffs, but the way GR is playing they are on another level then the last time they played in December. I say 5-1 5-2 Rapids . Grand Rapids is locking it down and carter has really really picked it up in net I don’t think Elk River is going to score from the corner like they did in Edina.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:19 pm
by InThePipes
alcloseshaver wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:39 pm
Elks have a penchant for giving up a lot of SOG, need to keep GR at 3 goals or less and hope a difference maker like Michaelis pops a few in. Would be ironic if in a down year this club pulls off a couple of upsets where some great teams have failed. Elks would have very little chance V Andover where Rapids can make a case for having a chance, albeit a small one.
I agree, I see this being a close game and Michaelis and Humphrey are good enough to cause plenty of GR headaches.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:22 pm
by alcloseshaver
Edinahopkins wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:08 pm
The last time these guys met in Edina Rapids was playing it’s worst hockey and still Handley outplayed the elks. Elk river definitely has a chance it’s the playoffs, but the way GR is playing they are on another level then the last time they played in December. I say 5-1 5-2 Rapids . Grand Rapids is locking it down and carter has really really picked it up in net I don’t think Elk River is going to score from the corner like they did in Edina.
Elk River has improved also if you watch them in person, but logically your assessment of a possible final score makes sense. Elks need to get to 3 and get good goaltending.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:32 pm
by Edinahopkins
I agree Elk River has gotten better to win Elk River has two score 4 goals Grand Rapids has lost every time they have given up 4 goals but I just don’t think the elks are going to have enough to get past either Grand Rapids or Andover but that’s why we play the game anything can happen this time of year and I love that. Elk River I suppose is due for one but Grand Rapids likes low scoring games Elk River is going to have to pump a few in right away and get Grand Rapids chasing from 2 or more down.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:21 pm
by alcloseshaver
Edinahopkins wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:32 pm
I agree Elk River has gotten better to win Elk River has two score 4 goals Grand Rapids has lost every time they have given up 4 goals but I just don’t think the elks are going to have enough to get past either Grand Rapids or Andover but that’s why we play the game anything can happen this time of year and I love that. Elk River I suppose is due for one but Grand Rapids likes low scoring games Elk River is going to have to pump a few in right away and get Grand Rapids chasing from 2 or more down.
The 1st meeting was a typical ER game get outshot 17-3 in the 1st period but lead 1-0 and 2-1 after 2. Rapids scored the last 4 with an EN goal. That’s the formula except for the 3rd period, slim margin for error but let’s play.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:13 pm
by CB00
So you’re telling me there’s a chance, yea!

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
by karl(east)
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:58 pm
by east hockey
karl(east) wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.
You got your orange on for tomorrow? Couldn't find an orange shirt or jacket but found an orange cap. It'll have to do. :mrgreen:

Lee

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:38 pm
by grindiangrad-80
karl(east) wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.
You nailed it there Karl. The only game this year that Rapids got behind quick and early was Edina. If it stays 0-0 or GR up by a goal for any length of time I like their chances.

Elks will come out flying for sure. Will be interesting to see if the Thunderhawks can come back if they get down early.

Probably need to do that to beat Andover anyway if they get that chance.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:36 am
by northwoods oldtimer
should be a good one. one goal either way. think this one is a toss up match.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:15 am
by grindiangrad-80
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northwoods oldtimer wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:36 am
should be a good one. one goal either way. think this one is a toss up match.
I agree with that.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:27 am
by karl(east)
east hockey wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:58 pm
karl(east) wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.
You got your orange on for tomorrow? Couldn't find an orange shirt or jacket but found an orange cap. It'll have to do. :mrgreen:

Lee
I do have one orange sweater, but I'm saving it for Thursday when I think it might be more necessary. :wink:

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:46 am
by east hockey
karl(east) wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:27 am
east hockey wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:58 pm
karl(east) wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.
You got your orange on for tomorrow? Couldn't find an orange shirt or jacket but found an orange cap. It'll have to do. :mrgreen:

Lee
I do have one orange sweater, but I'm saving it for Thursday when I think it might be more necessary. :wink:
There are these things called washing machines. Wear it Saturday, wash it Sunday, wear it Thursday :P

Lee

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:51 am
by hockey59
karl(east) wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:27 am
east hockey wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:58 pm
karl(east) wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:07 pm
I'm intrigued by this one, as both teams have been trending upward lately. Rapids is certainly the favorite but if the Elks pop one or two early, it could get interesting. Interesting stylistic clash between a thinner team that has some legitimate offensive talent and a very deep defensive squad that has some question marks over where the goals will come from. Elk D and goaltending will need to hold up; GR just needs to find ways to finish.
You got your orange on for tomorrow? Couldn't find an orange shirt or jacket but found an orange cap. It'll have to do. :mrgreen:

Lee
I do have one orange sweater, but I'm saving it for Thursday when I think it might be more necessary. :wink:
Definitely will be a surreal Saturday for Karl & Lee, but Hey guys, there’s always next year 😉

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:55 am
by east hockey
hockey59 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:51 am
karl(east) wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:27 am
east hockey wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:58 pm


You got your orange on for tomorrow? Couldn't find an orange shirt or jacket but found an orange cap. It'll have to do. :mrgreen:

Lee
I do have one orange sweater, but I'm saving it for Thursday when I think it might be more necessary. :wink:
Definitely will be a surreal Saturday for Karl & Lee, but Hey guys, there’s always next year 😉
For Karl, for sure. He doesn't remember a Semifinal Saturday without East playing. My memory is longer and more brutal.

Lee

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:45 pm
by raidergrad72
We're here at the arena for a game marathon.
Took Andover awhile to get going but 7-0 final.
Josie gave up 4 as a replacement but played as well she could.
Section 105 row 7 , have the venerable GREEN POWER button on.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:49 pm
by CB00
ER 0
GR 0
After 1

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:11 pm
by CB00
ER 1
GR 0
Mid 2

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:24 pm
by raidergrad72
CB00 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:11 pm
ER 1
GR 0
Mid 2
2-0 ER 14:35 Period 2.

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:30 pm
by Fightinghawklover
Elks 2-0 after 2

Re: 7AA Semifinal II: Elk River vs Grand Rapids

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:38 pm
by grindiangrad-80
Elk River has done a nice job in this one. They’ve had a few quality chances in this one. Clafton has made several big saves.

We’ll see if Rapids can play from behind. Also will be interesting to see if the Elks continue being aggressive or become a little more defensive minded.

Great game to watch.