Rau, Lucia Round Three

Eden Prairie senior Kyle Rau and Wayzata junior Mario Lucia have faced each other twice this season but the stakes were never this high. The two teams faceoff tonight in the section 6AA conference finals—one win away from making the state tournament.

Kyle Rau will lead the No.2 Eden Prairie Eagles (18-5-2) against the No. 3 Wayzata Trojans (18-5-2) tonight in the 6AA section final at Mariucci Arena.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Rau—whom committed to Minnesota in May 2010—is the team leader in scoring with 35 goals and 38 assist for 73 points. For his dazzling effort this season, Rau has been selected as a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award—which is given to the outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota.

Mario Lucia—son of current U men's hockey coach Don—is only a junior, but is widely regarded as one of the top players in the state. He has the offer list to prove it with Boston College, Colorado College, Denver, Notre Dame, Michigan and Minnesota all extending scholarships to the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder. Lucia leads the Trojans with 29 goals on the season, while recording 24 assists.

The teams have met twice this season in Lake Conference play and both players have already left their mark on the season series. The first meeting, on Jan. 22, ended in a 3-3 tie. Rau tallied a goal and assist for Eden Prairie while Lucia added a goal and assist of his own for Wayzata.

A few weeks later, on Feb. 10, the Eagles bested the Trojans 4-3 behind a three goal, one assist performance by Kyle Rau. Lucia added a goal for Wayzata but it wasn't enough to overcome a hat trick by the Gopher commit.

With a state tournament birth on the line, expect Rau and Lucia to each play a big role in what is setting up to be a tremendous Minnesota high school hockey battle.

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