Lakeville South Rallies Past Eastview

APPLE VALLEY (Minn.) – Saturday's matchup between Lakeville South and Eastview started different than most expected with the Lightening taking a 2-1 lead in going into the second period. South battled back to put the game away by a score of 9-2.

Future Gopher Justin Kloos got the scoring started with a goal at 10:56 of the first period. The gritty Eastview team answered back with two goals, one from Ryan McNamara and another from Jake Heppner to give Eastview the lead at the break.

With the Cougars on their heels, one of the tops teams in the state responded in the second with three straight goals in the first four minutes of the period. Eastview found themselves in the penalty box three times in the second but were able to play solid defense on the penalty kill to head to the third period down 4-2, within striking distance of the Cougars.

Lakeville South extended their lead early in the third with another goal by Kloos. The Cougars would add four more goals in the third period for a final of 9-2, proving why they are one of the top teams in the state. Despite the tough loss, the young Eastview squad showed promise, hanging with South for the better part of two periods.

Player of the game: Justin Kloos added to his great senior campaign with two goals and three assists on Saturday. Kloos' great speed and puck-handling ability gave him multiple chances.

Stat of the game: Despite giving up nine goals, Eastview goalie Alex Wohl totaled an incredible 40 saves. He was even able to shutdown the dangerous Kloos on a breakaway attempt.

What we learned: This game showed that Lakeville South is a dangerous offensive team when everything is clicking. They aren't the biggest team in the state but have enough offensive fire power to make a splash in the sections or the state tournament.

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