Andover senior Amanda Pelkey stopped all 25 Edina shots as the Huskies shut out the Hornets 1-0 on Thursday night at Braemar Arena. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
It may have been the season opener for both Andover and Edina, but that didn’t mean Thursday night’s matchup lacked intensity.
“I’m mentally exhausted, and I didn’t play so I can’t imagine how they feel,” said Andover coach Melissa Volk.
Volk’s Huskies edged the Hornets, who won last year’s Class 2A state championship, 1-0 in a contest at Braemar Arena in Edina that featured plenty of physical play.
“I’m just depleted at this point,” said Andover junior forward Peyton Hemp. “I feel like that game took so much out of me and everyone on my team.”
That’s not an expected comment just one game into the season, but the Huskies (1-0, 0-0) had to face some self-inflicted adversity to get the win. They were on the penalty kill six times — three times in the second period — which took its toll heading into the third period.
Tough defense by both Andover and Edina created early season excitement as the Huskies earned a 1-0 victory over the Hornets at Braemar Thursday night. Photo by Gary Mukai SportsEngine
Andover traveled to Braemar Arena in Edina on Thursday night and defeated defending Class 2A state champion Edina 1-0 to open the season.
Andover (1-0, 0-0) tallied the game’s only goal late in the first period, when the Huskies won a faceoff in Edina’s zone and junior forward Gabby Krause, a Minnesota-Duluth commit, scored from close range with an assist from junior forward Peyton Hemp.
The Huskies outshot the Hornets (0-1, 0-0) 21-13 through the first two periods, but were denied a few chances to extend their lead throughout the game by Edina freshman goalie Uma Corniea, who finished with 25 saves.
Momentum shifted in the third period, as Edina came out with more energy and possessed the puck for the majority of the period. The Hornets had 12 shots on net in the period, but Andover senior goalie Amanda Pelkey stopped them all. Edina’s best chance came when Pelkey fell to the ice after a save, making it look like Katie Davis, a senior forward, had an open net. Pelkey was able to slide over, however, and kicked away the shot to preserve her shutout.
The Hornets had a power play for the final 16 seconds of the game, but Andover senior forward Jamie Nelson won the ensuing faceoff in her own zone and the Huskies cleared the puck.
Edina junior defender Lily Hendrikson breaks the puck out against visiting Andover. The Huskies defeated the Hornets 1-0 Thursday night. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
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