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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. 

Woodbury lost 6-2 to Grand Rapids in the opening round of the state tourney, held Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, in Rogers.

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.

-Patrick Johnson 

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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