After her team's Class 2A girls' hockey quarterfinal victory Thursday, Edina girls' hockey coach Laura Slominski scanned the score sheet and found unusual names looking back.
Ali Austin and Emily Eide, a pair of defensemen with a combined 11 points this season, each contributed two assists in Edina's 3-2 victory over Mounds View.
Marginal offensive contributions this season should in no way reflect badly on Austin, who will play Division I hockey at Yale, or Eide, one of two underclassmen on the Hornets' blueline.
They helped limit Mounds View to 13 shots on goal and represent the depth that fuels Edina's hockey programs.
"It's everybody stepping up and doing what they can to help the team be better," Slominski said. "We rarely, if ever, talk about points."
We're still 192 days away from Labor Day, so Roseville didn't exactly commit a fashion faux pas with its white sweater, breezer and socks combination players wore Thursday. But the get-up sure had people talking.
"We couldn't afford white helmets," coach Vic Brodt joked.
In truth, the all-white attire that made it seem as though players were one with the Xcel Energy Center ice surface was a bit of a good luck charm.
Brodt said Thursday was the fourth time this season the Raiders had used the combination. Their 3-1 victory over Grand Rapids/Greenway kept the team's record as clean as the costume.
So we'll see the combination again Friday in the semifinals, right?
"I think we'll try and make it a different look every night," Brodt said. "We don't want to push our luck."
Good advice, 'tough call'
A trio of eager Eagan fans arrived one hour before puck drop of the Wildcats' game with Minnetonka. From across the arena, they sought advice on where to sit from favorite player Megan Wolfe, their request echoing throughout a nearly-empty arena.
Via hand signals, she directed them to on-the-glass seats. They almost saw quite the showdown.
Wolfe had a would-be first-period breakaway called back because of a razor-thin offsides ruling.
"Boy, was that close wasn't it?" Wildcats coach Scott Darwitz said. "Tough call."