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Shorthanded goals help Minnetonka take down Eden Prairie

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 02/14/20, 3:30PM CST


The Skippers doubled their output for the season, scoring twice while killing penalties in a 6-2 section final victory.

Minnetonka's Grace Sadura (7) scores on Eden Prairie goalie Molly Goergen in the first period. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

The Minnetonka girls’ hockey team scored two shorthanded goals this season. One game, and the tally is up to four.

The Skippers scored a pair of shorthanded goals, plus one on the power play, in a penalty-filled game to defeat Eden Prairie 6-2 on Friday in the Class 2A, Section 2 championship at Braemar Arena in Edina.

First-year Minnetonka coach Tracy Cassano focused on special teams this week, since the Skippers were facing Eden Prairie for a fourth time.

“We figured if it was a back-and-forth trading penalties that we needed to do our job on special teams,” Cassano said. “The girls did a phenomenal job tonight.”

One of those shorthanded goals came when Maggie Nicholson made a play in the second period, creating a turnover and passing the puck to Lacey Martin, who scored to give the Skippers a 3-2 lead.

First report

Minnetonka came into the game against Eden Prairie on Friday with two shorthanded goals this season. By the time it was over, the Skippers doubled their tally.

Special teams came up big as Minnetonka scored two shorthanded goals in a penalty-filled game to defeat Eden Prairie 6-2 in the Class 2A, Section 2 championship at Braemar Arena in Edina.

Top seed and No. 5-ranked Minnetonka got goals from six players to successfully defend its conference crown. The game-winner came shorthanded in the second period when senior Maggie Nicholson intercepted a pass in the Minnetonka zone, drove down the ice and passed to senior Lacey Martin for a 3-2 lead. Nicholson finished the game with three assists.

Eagles senior Sydney Langseth scored twice, tying the game each time.

The Skippers (21-6-1) head back to state for the second straight year and first under their new coach, Tracy Cassano. Minnetonka defeated No. 3-ranked Eden Prairie (20-7-1) in last year’s section championship, 3-1.

Minnetonka won three of four games against its section and Lake Conference rival this season. Before Friday, Eden Prairie had won 11 of 12 games.

It was only the fourth time this season Eagles junior goaltender Molly Goergen had allowed four or more goals, and three of those instances were against Minnetonka. 

Check back later for more on the game.

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