Edina advances to state championship with 2-1 win over Minnetonka

February 22, 2019 11:11 PM

Two-time defending state champion #1 Edina (26-4) scored with 39 seconds left to fend off a late rally from #5 Minnetonka (15-14-1), advancing to the state championship with a 2-1 victory in the MSHSL Class AA semifinal on Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Edina defense held Minnetonka without a shot for the entire second period, and just one shot over a span of nearly 30 minutes of play into the third until Minnetonka tied the game at the 12:46 of the third period when Josie Helling scored for the Skippers.

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Hornets senior forward Annie Kuehl chipped in the game-winner in front of the net in traffic after a similar opportunity by Kuel was stopped by Minnetonka sophomore goalie Brynn Dulac moments earlier. The goal by Kuehl was her 20th of the season.

The Hornet defense held strong as the Skippers looked to tie it with multiple opportunities in the Edina zone in the closing 39 seconds.

Edina senior defender Mallory Uihlein assisted on both Hornet goals, the first coming to freshman defender Vivian Jungels in the sixth minute of the first period to give Edina a lead that held up for nearly the rest of the night. Uihlein now has 29 assists on the year.

Edina senior goalie Ellie Strittmater only needed to make 10 saves on the evening, nine of those coming in the opening period as the Hornet defense kept the Skippers from any meaningful scoring chances until late in play.

Minnetonka sophomore goalie Brynn Dulac had eight saves in each period in the losing effort tin net.

Edina will face #3 Brainerd for the state championship on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center, looking to match Minnetonka’s three-peat in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the Class AA level. The Skippers, meanwhile, will play #2 Andover in the third place game. After taking the three-straight titles earlier in the decade, Minnetonka most recently finished state runner-up in 2015 among its five total state appearances.

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