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 • email@example.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.
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.
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