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Quick start gets three-time champ Edina rolling past Burnsville

By PAUL HODOWANIC, Special to the Star Tribune, 02/20/20, 8:00PM CST

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The Hornets scored 34 seconds into the game and added two more goals in a dominant first period en route to a 4-0 quarterfinal victory.


Edina forward Lucy Bowlby (13) tried to get the puck past Burnsville goaltender Maria Widen (35), who blocked her shot on goal in the second period. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ renee.jones@startribune.com

No. 1-seeded Edina, seeking a fourth consecutive Class 2A championship, cleared the first of three hurdles on Thursday, defeating Burnsville 4-0 in the girls’ hockey state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center behind a dominant first period.

The Hornets (27-1-0) grabbed the lead 34 seconds into the game when sophomore Vivian Jungels scored. Junior Emma Conner and senior Tella Jungels each added a goal in the period as Edina outshot Burnsville 15-5.

“The way we came out I thought was very impressive,” Edina coach Sami Reber said.

But Reber wasn’t nearly as pleased the rest of the way, saying the team sat on its heels in the second period before battling back a bit in the third. After scoring three times in the first 12 minutes, Edina didn't score for another 30 minutes. Senior Lucy Bowlby scored with a no-look, top-shelf goal with nine minutes to play.

First report

No. 1-seeded Edina, seeking a fourth consecutive Class 2A championship, cleared the first of three hurdles on Thursday, defeating Burnsville 4-0 in the state quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center.

The first period proved to be the difference as Edina shut down any thoughts of a Blaze upset.

The Hornets grabbed the lead 34 seconds into the game when sophomore Vivian Jungels scored a goal. Junior Emma Conner and senior Tella Jungels each added a goal in the period as Edina outshot Burnsville 15-5.

Play was relatively even the rest of the way. The Hornets scored midway through the third period on a power-play goal by senior Lucy Bowlby.

Burnsville goaltender Maria Widen stopped many high percentage chances throughout the game, finishing with 29 saves.

Burnsville’s offense seldom possessed the puck in the Hornets zone. When it did, the Blaze was shut down. Edina freshman goaltender Uma Corniea had 14 saves.

Edina will face the winner of Hill-Murray/Maple Grove in the semifinals on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Check back later for more on the game.

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