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Minnetonka uses exceptional third period to beat Wayzata

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 01/11/22, 3:00PM CST

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Down 1-0 and 2-1 at points in the game, the Skippers still managed to come out with the victory against the Trojans on Tuesday.

Junior Grace Sadura (7) fires the puck on net in the second period. Sadura's goal, 20 seconds into the third period, tied the game at two before team mate Ava Lindsay scored the game winner three minutes later. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Minnetonka's third period rally was started by junior Grace Sadura scoring 20 seconds in, tying the game at two before team mate Ava Lindsay scored the game winner three minutes later. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

They were down a goal at the first intermission. Same thing at the second intermission. But the Minnetonka Skippers, ranked No. 2 in the Jan. 5 Class 2A coaches' poll, weren’t sunk.

Still, Skippers coach Tracy Cassano told her team in the second locker-room break that she wanted to see more intensity, heart, passion and a fire in the final period.

“Share the puck and do all the things that we talk about detail-wise, but I wanted to see more urgency and fire and passion,” Cassano said. “I felt like they, from the drop of the puck in the third period, they played hard for 17 minutes.”

Minnetonka forward Ava Lindsay (9) carries the puck into the neutral zone. Lindsay scored the game winning goal in a 3-2 win over Lake Converence rival Wayzata. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Minnetonka forward Ava Lindsay (9) tries to tuck the puck in under the pads of Annika Lavender in the third period. Lindsay scored the game winning goal in a 3-2 win over Lake Conference rival Wayzata. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

First Report

Minnetonka overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before scoring two third-period goals on the way to a 3-2 victory over Lake Conference foe Wayzata on Tuesday at Pagel Ice Arena in Minnetonka.

The Trojans (12-6-1) went up 1-0 and took the lead again after giving up a power-play goal in the second period. But the Skippers tied the game 20 seconds into the third period before the go-ahead goal a few minutes later.

The Skippers (14-3-0), ranked No. 2 in the Jan. 5 Class 2A coaches' poll, rebounded from a 2-1 loss at North Wright County in their last game. Minnetonka has outscored opponents 94-25 this season.

Senior Sophia Johnson made 16 saves for the Skippers, while Wayzata senior Annika Lavender stopped 25 shots.

The two teams meet again to end the season Feb. 5 at Wayzata. 

Wayzata goaltender Annika Lavender (1) tallied 25 saves on Tuesday night.  Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Wayzata goaltender Annika Lavender (1) tallied 25 saves on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

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