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Minnetonka High's Amy Petersen is sandwiched by teammates Kelsey Crow (19) and Laura Bowman (16) after Petersen's second period goal as Benilde-St. Margaret's Sarah Taffe (6) skates by during girls hockey action Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Eden Prairie

Outplayed by girls' hockey rival Benilde-St. Margaret’s less than two weeks ago, Minnetonka evened the season series with a 2-1 victory.

Second-period goals by Amy Petersen and Katie McMillan gave the No. 2 Skippers a 2-0 lead that the No. 1 Red Knights could not overcome. Liv Halvorson scored early in the third, but the Skippers endured. The Skippers advance to the Eden Prairie Mid-Winter Meltdown title game Saturday.

“We needed this,” Minnetonka coach Eric Johnson said. “There was a playoff atmosphere, and it was a tight game.”

Both teams were without key players. Benilde-St. Margaret’s forward Kelly Pannek and Minnetonka defensemen Sydney Baldwin and Sidney Morin are in Finland with the U.S. Women’s Under-18 team.

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