They knew this week was going to be difficult. Facing a bigger AA school, like Chaska, and the states No. 3 scorer, St. Louis Park’s Bauer Neudecker, are daunting tasks to say the least. The Chaska game can best be described by the statement made by one White Hawk fan in the stands.
Not sure what the coaching staff said to the team in between periods but it must have been “Herb Brooks like.” The first period was quite possibly the worst period of hockey the team has played all season. Then it was followed up by what was quite possibly the best period of hockey the team has played all season.
At the end the first period, the deficit was just too great to overcome and the White Hawks fell to Chaska 5-3. It was a great comeback effort and showed a ton of heart that fell just a bit short.
Facing off against a “next level” player like Bauer Neudecker, and a school with six state tournament appearances, is exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. The White Hawks put on a great show in the back-and-forth contest, but Neudecker proved as good as advertised with four goals and two assists for a six point night. They just had no answer for this talented player. The game was close and winnable until an empty net goal sealed the victory for the Orioles.
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