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Lourdes hockey 2-23

The last time the Rochester Lourdes hockey team lost a game was in December. If the team keeps playing with the intensity it displayed Thursday at Graham Arena, the Eagles will be in good shape.

Despite some dissatisfaction from the coach about how the team played, Lourdes was never in any real danger in an 8-2 win over Simley in the quarterfinals of the Section Three, Class A tournament.

It featured the successful return of forward Eric Amundson from a broken arm suffered early in the season. Amundson had a hand in four of his team’s goals and scored twice, drawing chants of "Number Eight, Number Eight" from the student cheering section.

"It was big to have Eric back," said coach Bob Haskins. "He just makes everybody around him better."

Lourdes sophomore Taylor Funk also had a big night. Funk scored the first goal from close range to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

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Brandon Bahnemann made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at 13:24.

A turnover in the Lourdes end allowed Simley a short-handed goal early in the second period, but Funk’s second goal moved the score to 3-1. When Simley scored on a power play, Amundson answered just over a minute later to again move the team to a two-goal lead.

Then Lourdes ran away with the game in the third period, scoring four times. Josh Anderson and Bahnemann each scored and then fourth-line players Todd Bestgen and Brice Currie each tallied.

"The positive thing is, we got the end of the game out of the way and we get to play again Saturday," said Haskins. He felt his team came out with a lot of emotion and excitement, but "we threw all our systems away and started to run around."

For sophomore Funk, it just felt like the team took a little while to get things going.

"We’ve got so many good players that work hard; it just takes a little while to get the momentum going and play well," he said.

Funk’s first goal was impressive, as he snapped a shot through a small opening over the goalie’s shoulder.

"The defense dumped the puck in, and I picked it up and saw the upper corner," said Funk, who is confident of the Eagles’ chances Saturday against Red Wing. Those two teams tied in an earlier meeting this season.

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Lourdes has won 14 straight. Two more will put the Eagles in the state tournament.

LOURDES 8, SIMLEY 2

First period — 1. LOUR, Taylor Funk (Peter Spratte) 7:15. 2. LOUR, Brandon Bahnemann (unassisted) 13:24.

Second period — 3. SIM, Mitch Teisberg (Derrek Mikacevich) sh. 2:27. 4. LOUR, Funk (Tyler Voigt) 8:50. 5. SIM, Andrew Kryzer (Teisberg) pp. 10:29. 6. LOUR, Eric Amundson (unassisted) 11:46.

Third period — 7. LOUR, Josh Anderson (Gudgell, Bahnemann) 6:08. 8. LOUR, Bahnemann (Mike Wylam) 11:22. 9. LOUR, Todd Bestgen (Brice Currie) pp. 14:40. 10. Currie (unassisted) 15:34.

Shots on goal — SIM 2-7-4 — 13. LOUR, 12-13-13 — 38.

Goalies — SIM, Asmundson, Smith. LOUR, Josh Crowley 11 saves.

Penalties — SIM 11 minors, 22 minutes. LOUR, 6 minors 12 minutes.

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