Edina's Lucy Bowlby (21) shot the puck past East Ridge goalie Emerald Kelley (35) for a goal in the second period. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • firstname.lastname@example.org
Edina freshman forward Jane Kuehl pounced on a loose puck during a scramble in the crease for what she called a “dirty goal” and a 1-0 lead. It was also some needed momentum after three early penalty kills in the Hornets’ game against East Ridge.
“It’s a big deal,” Kuehl said. “So to score the goal and… especially having the underclassmen motivate everyone, gets everyone really pumped up.”
Her ninth goal of the season got Edina started in a 7-0 Edina shutout of the unseeded Raptors on Thursday in the Class 2A quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center. Kuehl centers top-seeded Edina’s third line with senior Olivia Swaim and sophomore Kylie Roberts. The top-seeded Hornets take pride in that depth, coach Sami Reber said.
“Jane’s line was rolling right from the drop of the puck, which was awesome to see,” Reber said.
Kuehl later added an assist. Five others scored goals for Edina (25-4-0). The Hornets scored four times in the second period, getting goalst just six seconds apart from Lucy Bowlby and Katie Davis to build a 5-0 lead.
Top-seeded Edina used a four-goal second period, six different goal scorers and a cluster of solid penalty kills to earn the 7-0 victory over unseeded East Ridge.
The defending-champion Hornets held a 1-0 lead after the first period, then poured on the offense in the second, capped by two goals just six seconds apart in the Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
Freshman forward Jane Kuehl scored the first goal for the Hornets (25-4-0) in the first period as she pounced on a loose puck in the crease.
Senior CC Bowlby scored her 27th of the season just 1 minute, 7 seconds into the second period. Senior defenseman Evelyn Adams made it 3-0 with her third goal of the season on a power-play shot from the point.
Senior Annie Kuehl passed the puck to junior Lucy Bowlby, who scored at the goalmouth at the 11:42 mark of the second. Off the next faceoff at center ice, Katie Davis grabbed the puck, went into the zone and fired a high shot stick side to score six seconds after her teammate for a 5-0 lead.
Senior Olivia Swaim added a goal early in the third period, and CC Bowlby scored a shorthanded goal late.
The Hornets, in their ninth trip to state, are on a quest to become the first team to win three consecutive girls’ hockey titles since Minnetonka in 2011-13.
The Raptors (19-9-1) had their six-game winning streak snapped with the loss in their state tournament debut. Despite getting some early power-play time and more with a 5-on-3 advantage near the end of the second period, they couldn’t get anything going and finished 0-for-7 on the power-play.
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