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Minnetonka defeats Holy Family Catholic

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 12/28/22, 3:30PM CST


The Skippers took down the Fire in decisive fashion on Wednesday.

Minnetonka's Senja Leeper (21) scored the Skippers' second goal in the first period, which ended up to the the game winner with Holy Family adding their lone goal in the third period for a 3-1 final. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Minnetonka didn’t get goals from the top of their scoring leaderboard on Wednesday. It was the sophomore class of players that put themselves in the right positions to score goals in the Walser Girls’ Hockey Invitational Championship against Holy Family Catholic.  

“We do feel like we have a lot of depth,” said Minnetonka coach Tracy Cassano. “Even those younger kids, we consider veterans because they’ve been in a lot of scenarios and situations. When you look throughout our lineup, we can really call on anybody, and we do.”  

Wednesday, you could say sophomores Lauren Mack, Senja Leeper, Bella Finnegan and Layla Hemp in goal got the call. They helped lead Minnetonka, ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 2A coaches’ poll, to a 3-1 victory over 2A-7 Holy Family Catholic at Braemar Arena in Edina.  

With the victory, Minnetonka pushed its winning streak to 10 games. Hemp made 29 saves in goal to improve to 8-0-0.  

Holy Family freshman Haley Box netted a power play goal late in the third period against Minnetonka Wednesday night. The Fire fell short though, 3-1, in the Walser Girls’ Hockey Invitational championship. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

Minnetonka pressured all game long and got goals from three of its sophomores on the way to a 3-1 victory over Holy Family in the Walser Girls’ Hockey Invitational championship game Wednesday evening at Braemar Arena in Edina. 

Minnetonka held on to win, despite a penalty-riddled and physical third period, pushing its winning streak to 10 games.  

The Skippers (13-1-0), ranked No. 3 in Class 2A in the latest coaches’ poll, made it three in a row against the No. 7-2A Fire (10-3-1), having defeated them in the past two Class 2A, Section 2 championships. Tonight’s game was quite possibly a preview of another section-final game between these two squads. 

Minnetonka sophomore goaltender Layla Hemp made 29 saves, while Holy Family senior Sedona Blair stopped a season-high 42 shots. 

Skippers goalie Layla Kemp stopped 29 of 30 Holy Family shots Dec 28 to help her team win the 2022 Wasler Holiday Invitational championship. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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