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Minnetonka stands tall

By STAFF REPORTS, 12/29/12, 2:32AM CST


Outplayed by Benilde-St. Margaret's less than two weeks earlier, the Skippers evened the score.

Minnetonka High's Amy Petersen is sandwiched by teammates Kelsey Crow (19) and Laura Bowman (16) after Petersen's second period goal as Benilde-St. Margaret's Sarah Taffe (6) skates by during girls hockey action Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Eden Prairie

Outplayed by girls' hockey rival Benilde-St. Margaret’s less than two weeks ago, Minnetonka evened the season series with a 2-1 victory.

Second-period goals by Amy Petersen and Katie McMillan gave the No. 2 Skippers a 2-0 lead that the No. 1 Red Knights could not overcome. Liv Halvorson scored early in the third, but the Skippers endured. The Skippers advance to the Eden Prairie Mid-Winter Meltdown title game Saturday.

“We needed this,” Minnetonka coach Eric Johnson said. “There was a playoff atmosphere, and it was a tight game.”

Both teams were without key players. Benilde-St. Margaret’s forward Kelly Pannek and Minnetonka defensemen Sydney Baldwin and Sidney Morin are in Finland with the U.S. Women’s Under-18 team.