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2013-14 Minnetonka Girls Hockey
Varsity 19-6-2 JV 12-9-4
Girls High School Hockey Rankings (Let's Play Hockey)
Lake Conference Standings
Red Knights Overcome Blue Army
Walking into Parade Ice Garden on Thursday night, the Tonka faithful were cautiously optimistic. The Skippers had not yet faced the Red Knights this season, and although BSM was rated as the favorite, the Skippers were hoping to spring a surprise attack on this usually familiar foe. In the earlier game of the semi-finals, top-ranked Hopkins had fallen to the Wayzata Trojans. The Skippers hoped to continue the trend of upset victories.
As the campaign began, it was clear both teams came to play. At 4:54 BSM’s Ali Praus would be whistled for hooking, giving Minnetonka the first power play opportunity. Unfortunately, less than a minute later, Sydney Baldwin would also be sent off for tripping, a call that Skippers’ fans disputed. The result was an abbreviated power play for both teams. Baldwin would be sent off again minutes after regaining the ice, putting BSM on the power play for a second time. With a steady presence of a core of veteran players, BSM controlled the puck and challenged Minnetonka goalie Hannah Ehresmann with shot after shot on the player advantage. By the end of the period, the score remained tied at 0-0, but the Red Knights showed a decisive advantage in shots 12-3.
The intensity resumed as the teams returned to the ice for the second 17 minutes. BSM’s Caitlyn Reilly broke the deadlock at 11:21, sneaking behind the Minnetonka defense by the Red Knights’ bench for a pass from Ali Praus. Reilly went in all alone and put the puck past Ehresmann. The Skippers would gain the player advantage shortly thereafter, when BSM’s McKenzie Swenson was penalized for tripping. Minnetonka gained the advantage in shots 9-7, but Minnetonka did not get past BSM goalie Abby Miller, and the teams retreated to the locker rooms with BSM leading 1-0.
BSM returned to the power play almost immediately after taking the ice in the third period, and the Red Knights’ small nucleus of players continued to dominate possession and generate opportunities with the extra player. Kelly Pannek put BSM ahead by two goals at 1:35, finishing a pass from Caitlyn Reilly. Minnetonka redoubled its efforts, reminded of the two-goal deficit they faced in last season’s section final. They created several close calls, and finally broke the egg at 4:13 with a goal from Rylie McDonell who completed a pass from Diana Draayer out of the corner in the Benilde end. Momentum shifted toward the Skippers, and they appeared to be heading to a tie when Xandi Swedberg of BSM was sent off for hooking. The power play failed to finish, though, and Minnetonka remained down one goal. The contest intensified. Catilyn Reilly picked up her second goal of the game with assists to usual suspect Kelly Pannek, and Brittany Wheeler. With just under five minutes remaining in regulation, BSM had once again extended their lead to two goals. Minnetonka battled back again, with a goal from Presley Norby in the following minute, on an assist from Sydney Baldwin. With time ticking down, and Minnetonka trailing 3-2, the Skippers pulled Ehresmann for an extra skater. The fans held their breath. Minnetonka generated pressure and shots, but found themselves unable to break into the net for a third time. With seconds left, an empty netter by Reilly sealed their fate. Pannek, who alternated between forward and defense throughout the game, assisted on the final goal. The loss ended the season for the Skippers, who finish with a 19-6-2 record.
Following the conclusion of the state tournament, senior captain Sydney Baldwin was named 2014 Ms. Hockey. Assistant captain Hannah Ehresmann was included as a finalist for the Senior Goalie of the Year. Also graduating this year are assistant captain Diana Draayer and forward Sara Holmgren. While the contributions of the graduating seniors will be missed, the Skippers look forward to building on the successes of this season, and the experience gained by a team with a lot of young players. The future looks bright for Minnetonka Girls Hockey!