Since Sami Reber took over as coach of Edina in 2017, her teams rarely find themselves trailing in games. Up until Thursday, the Hornets had yet to trail in a game this season.
Behind 1-0 after two periods of play, Edina responded. The Hornets got two goals from Emma Conner in the third period to defeat Benilde-St. Margaret’s 2-1 on Thursday at Braemar Arena.
These teams met earlier this season on Feb. 16. After two scoreless periods, Edina broke through with a goal. An empty-net tally put the game on ice as the Hornets (12-0-0) fended off the Red Knights, who are ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll.
In the opening minutes of the teams' second matchup, it appeared things may go similarly to the last meeting. But after a scoreless first period Benilde-St. Margaret’s (8-3-3) had something to lean on, as the Red Knights outshot the No. 2-2A Hornets 10-3 in the opening period.
“[Benilde-St. Margaret’s] came out hard and got us on our heels,” Reber said. “We looked uncomfortable in all zones with the puck. We weren’t composed. It’s a learning moment for us.”
Edina rallied after facing some rare adversity as the Hornets’ Emma Conner scored twice in the third period to defeat Benilde-St. Margaret’s 2-1 on Thursday at Braemar Arena.
This was the second time in nine days these two Class 2A, Section 6 rivals met. Edina (12-0-0) won the first matchup 2-0 on Feb. 16, and prior to Thursday's rematch, the Hornets hadn't trailed in a game this season.
After being shutout in the first meeting, the Red Knights, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, found the back of the net in the second period against No. 2-4A Edina to take a 1-0 lead. The goal from Benilde-St. Margaret’s (8-3-3) was scored on the power play by junior defender Emma Peschel.
Trailing 1-0 after two periods, the Hornets rallied back thanks to Conner, the team’s leading scorer. The future Minnesota Golden Gopher now has 23 goals this season after her two tallies Thursday. Lily Hendrikson recorded assists on both of Conner's goals.
The starting goaltenders for both teams had save percentages above .950 prior to Thursday’s matchup and they both showed their prowess. Hornets sophomore goaltender Uma Corniea, a Princeton commit, finished with 21 saves. Red Knights senior goaltender Carley Greene finished with 22 saves.
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