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.
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.
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