Gabby Krause of Andover scored the game-winning goal past Minnetonka goaltender Brynn Dulac in overtime. Photo: Jerry Holt • Jerry.Holt@startribune.com
Andover forward Gabby Krause didn’t have the past on her mind as her team prepared for overtime in the state tournament semifinals for a second consecutive season.
Heartbreak visited the Huskies just 10 seconds into the extra frame a year ago. Things happened fast again Friday, but this time, Krause scored with only 18 seconds gone.
The resulting 4-3 victory sent the program to its first state title game.
“We just kept our minds on going forward and executing,” Krause said.
No. 2 seed Andover (27-2), able to coast through the final period in four consecutive postseason blowouts, needed a comeback to survive the Skippers.
Hard lessons taught the Andover girls’ hockey team well.
The Huskies fell 10 seconds into overtime in last year’s state tournament semifinal. Facing an extra session Friday against Minnetonka, Andover won 4-3 on Gabby Krause’s goal just 18 seconds in.
Able to coast through the final period in the four consecutive postseason blowouts, Andover needed a comeback to survive the Skippers.
The dogged Huskies got two third-period goals from Peyton Hemp, the second one with 42 seconds remaining in regulation.
No. 2 seed Andover (27-2) advances to Saturday’s Class 2A state tournament title game. The Huskies await the winner of Edina vs. Maple Grove in the second semifinal Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
No. 3 seed Minnetonka (22-7-1) went ahead 3-2 on Hanna Baskin’s rebound goal with 2:03 to play in the third period. She finished what Lisa LaRoche started with a shot from the blue line. Video review confirmed LaRoche kept the puck in the zone by mere inches.
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