Champlin Park's Ryan McNeil is defended by Crimson sophomore Josh Favorite. McNeil leads the Rebels in scoring and had three goals and one assist against the Crimson. Photo by Brian Nelson
Champlin Park's Luke Dalman contributed four points in the win.
On a cloudy and blustery Saturday afternoon, visiting No. 5-ranked Champlin Park completed its regular season schedule with a convincing 9-4 win over Maple Grove.
For the Rebels, it was their 10th win in their last 11 games, the lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 1 Eden Prairie.
Champlin Park's victory secured the Rebels solo second place in the Northwest Suburban Conference with a conference record of 8-1. A Maple Grove victory would have resulted in a tie for second place, but the loss dropped the Crimson into third place with a conference record of 6-3.
Maple Grove kept it close early and was only down 4-3 at halftime, but Champlin Park turned up the defensive intensity in the second half to secure the win.
Luke Dalman, Ryan McNeil, and Max Turgeon each had four points to lead the visiting Rebels.
Champlin Park will be at home to face Forest Lake in the first round of the Section 7 playoffs on Wednesday, May 29.
Maple Grove will be at home Wednesday, May 29 to face Elk River in the first round of the section 8 playoffs.
Champlin Park's Dylan Saline looks to score as Maple Grove's Kraig Urquhart defends the play. Photo by Brian Nelson
Maple Grove's leading scorer David Corazalla fires this shot from close range between two Rebels defenders. Photo by Brian Nelson
Champlin Park's Ryan McNeil, right, shoots and scores as Maple Grove's Luke Zibley defends the play. Photo by Brian Nelson