Boys hockey: Woodbury ‘AA’ Bantam hockey team falls to state champ Grand Rapids
The Woodbury “AA” Bantam boys hockey team ran into a buzzsaw at the 2013-14 Minnesota state tournament.
Grand Rapids, ranked ninth in the latest state poll, went on to win the state championship. After beating No. 11-ranked Woodbury, Grand Rapids beat No. 4-ranked Edina 7-3 in the semifinals and No. 2-ranked Stillwater 3-2 in the championship.
Against Grand Rapids, Woodbury fell behind 1-0 just 4 minutes, 42 seconds into the game. However, Woodbury tied it up 1-1 under four minutes later. But, Grand Rapids scored three times in the second period to go up for good.
In the consolation bracket, Woodbury lost to No. 1-ranked Eden Prairie 3-0 on Saturday. Eden Prairie went on to take third place with a 4-3 win over No. 3-ranked Elk River.
To reach the state tournament, Woodbury, the fifth seed in the East Region, edged fourth-seeded St. Michael-Albertville 4-3 in the first round, topped No. 1 seed Elk River 3-2 in the semifinals and beat third-seeded Minnetonka 1-0 in overtime in the championship.
The Woodbury “AA” Bantams, comprised of 14- and 15-year old players from Woodbury who go to Woodbury, East Ridge and Cretin-Derham Hall high schools, play in the top tier of Bantam teams in the state.
Woodbury’s top Bantam team most recently reached the state tournament in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Woodbury won the state championship in 09-10 and was runner-up the following season.