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Game gets tight, then "ope'' and Minnetonka defeats Roseau 7-2

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune , 02/20/20, 3:30PM CST

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The Rams got within a goal in the second period before a goal by the Skippers' Emily Bayless helped turn the momentum.


Minnetonka forward Emily Bayless (29) celebrated after scoring the first goal of the game against Roseau in the first period. Bayless scored a key goal in the second period to help quell a Rams comeback. Photo: Shari L. Gross • shari.gross@startribune.com

As Minnetonka leading scorer Lacey Martin poked the puck past a Roseau defender and took off toward the Rams’ net, linemate Emily Bayless figured she was seconds from congratulating Martin on a goal.

Turns out Bayless started the party. Martin’s shot went off the pipe and Bayless arrived to sweep the puck home. Roseau, which about a minute earlier cut its quarterfinal deficit to a lone goal, headed for a 7-2 loss to the favored Skippers.

“She just went and I was like ‘I might as well follow-up just in case,’ ” Bayless said. “Then it was just sitting there, and I said, ‘Ope, I’ll help you out a little bit.’ It was a momentum shifter for us.”

No. 3 seed Minnetonka (22-6-1) got ahead 3-0 against a Roseau team that it had throttled 8-0 on Nov. 15. But the Rams (21-6-2) didn’t fold. Kate Helgeson and Kayla Santl scored and Roseau believed.

First report

The second Class 2A state tournament quarterfinal Thursday ended as a 7-2 Minnesota victory, but things got interesting in the second period.

No. 3 seed Minnetonka (22-6-1) lost its three-goal lead as Roseau’s offense came alive.

Kate Helgeson and Kayla Santl each scored for the Rams (21-6-2). But the momentum was short-lived as Minnetonka quickly answered.

An Emily Bayless goal scored 1:04 after Roseau’s two tallies restored a 4-2 advantage for the Skippers, who used it as a launching pad to a rout.

Minnetonka had defeated Roseau 8-0 in the season opener.

Check back later for more on the game.

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