Freshman goalie Uma Corniea (41) and Edina's tough defensive unit held Breck to one goal in the Hornets' 6-1 defeat of the Mustangs at Braemar Arena. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
With Edina starting a goaltender who wasn’t even on its roster last season, many would expect there to be an adjustment period this early in the season.
Through five games, the adjustment period, if there was one, appears to be a thing of the past.
Uma Corniea, Edina’s starting freshman goalie, has allowed just two goals this season. Her play, along with the rest of the defense, has helped propel the Hornets (4-1, 0-0) to four consecutive victories, including Tuesday’s 6-1 thrashing of two-time defending Class 1A champion Breck (7-2, 0-0) at Braemar Arena.
Prior to suiting up for Edina, which has won three consecutive Class 2A state championships, Corniea spent two seasons as the starting goaltender for the Mustangs, helping Breck to a pair of state championships. But Corniea elected to transfer and play in her home city with the Hornets.
“She’s from here, so it was an easy transition,” Edina coach Sami Reber said. “She’s so cheerful and so nice — it’s been easy to get along with her. She’s molded really well into our program.”
Edina forward Hannah Chorske fires a shot over the shoulder of Breck goalie Sarah Peterson in the first period. Chorske had four points in the Hornets' 6-1 defeat of the Mustangs Tuesday night in Edina. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
It was a clash of the champions on Tuesday as defending two-time Class 1A state champion Breck visited Edina, which has won the last three Class 2A state titles. In a matchup featuring a number of the state’s top players, Edina imposed its big-school will, defeating the Mustangs 6-1 at Braemar Arena.
Edina (4-1, 0-0) showed its offensive muscle early. Junior forward Emma Conner opened the scoring during the first period by flicking a back-handed shot into the back of the net.
Later in the period, junior forward Hannah Chorske added a goal for the Hornets, who are ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll. The Harvard commit finished with a pair of goals and two assists.
In the remaining two periods, Edina continued to pepper Breck with shots and cashed in. Senior forward Katie Davis, junior forward Kylie Roberts and sophomore forward Vivian Jungels each scored in the final 34 minutes of play, along with Chorske.
The Hornets fired 41 shots on the No. 1-1A Mustangs’ goal, with Sarah Peterson, Breck’s freshman goalie, making 35 saves. Edina freshman goalie Uma Corniea, who played for Breck (7-2, 0-0) as a seventh- and eighth-grader, saved 23 shots.
Breck freshman forward Ava Lindsay added her team-best seventh goal in the third period. It was just the second goal has Edina has allowed through five games this season.
Breck freshman forward Ava Lindsay scored the Mustangs' lone goal to cut Edina's lead to 3-1 in the third period. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
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