Gabby Krause (18) of Andover celebrates with teammates after scoring the Huskies' first goal against Edina. Krause broke a 3-3 tie with a go-ahead goal in the third period. Photo: RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
As if the anti-cake eater set needed any more reason to dislike Edina, last week ESPN named it the center of the hockey universe in the United States.
The top-ranked Hornets’ girls’ program certainly did its part, winning the past three Class 2A state tournament championships. Standing in the way of an unprecedented fourth consecutive title Saturday was Andover, a worthy challenger that defeated Edina once earlier this season and last season.
A 5-3 victory upheld the Huskies’ reputation in a game at Xcel Energy Center that justified the hype.
No. 2 seed Andover (28-2) fought back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. The Huskies’ first lead came as Jamie Nelson passed to Gabby Krause, who scored with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
“For us to achieve this goal is a huge accomplishment,” Andover coach Melissa Volk said. “We’re definitely resilient. We’re mentally tough, we’re confident and we believe in each other.”
No. 1 seed Edina (28-2), the ultimate truth machine, tested Andover throughout. Both teams received a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period. The Hornets cashed in with power-play goals from Emma Conner and Katie Davis.
Andover won its first Class 2A girls’ hockey state championship with a 5-3 victory against three-time defending state champion Edina.
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 and 3-2 on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center and came back each time.
Gabby Krause scored twice, including the game-winning goal with less than four minutes to play. The Huskies added an open-net goal in the final seconds.
Top-ranked Edina (28-2) lost just two games this season, both to Andover (28-2).
Check back later for more on the game.