Minnetonka's Amy Petersen shot the puck past Edina's Greer Vogl and goalie Maddie Dahl for the winning goal and the Class 2A state championship. Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune
Open ice was at a premium for the vast majority of the second and third period. But in the final minute of regulation of Saturday’s Class 2A girls’ hockey title game, Minnetonka’s Amy Petersen suddenly found herself alone in front of the Edina net.
She scored up high with 39.6 seconds left, breaking a tie that had existed since the first period and giving the Skippers a 3-2 victory and a state championship in their first tournament appearance. The Hornets finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive season.
“I just saw the goalie down, and I knew as a forward I had to beat her high,” Petersen said.
The game started with fireworks before settling into the every-goal-is-precious type of contest expected (Minnetonka won 1-0 and the teams tied 2-2 in two meetings this year).
Petersen scored midway through the first, but Edina (26-4-1) struck back quickly with two goals 25 seconds apart — Christie Brauer on a rebound and Lizzy Otten from the slot — before the Skippers (29-1-1) drew even on Courtney McDougal’s goal later in the period.
“I was definitely surprised to see four in the first period,” Edina coach Laura Slominski said.
But as time wore on, overtime seemed inevitable — Minnetonka coach Eric Johnson said he was expecting one, if not multiple overtime sessions as the clock wound down — until Petersen ended things abruptly.
“It was going to come down to one goal sooner or later,” Edina’s Sami Reber said. “Everyone would have loved to win that game.”
Coon Rapids: Rachael Bona, forward
Hill-Murray: Hannah Brandt, forward
Edina: Sarah Nielsen, forward; Sami Reber, forward; Ali Austin, defense; Megan Armstrong, defense; Maddie Dahl, goalie
Minnetonka: Julie Friend, goalie; Carolyn Draayer, forward; Sidney Morin, defense; Amy Petersen, forward; Rachel Ramsey, defense.