February 24, 2019 12:39 AM
Top seed Edina (27-4) never led until senior forward Olivia Swaim netted the game-winner in the third minute of double-overtime as the Hornets secured their third-straight MSHSL Class AA Girls Hockey Tournament championship on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, outlasting #3 Brainerd (25-5-1) 4-3.
The teams traded goals throughout the game, with Brainerd scoring first in the second minute. But each goal was followed by a penalty, putting the Hornets on the power play with a chance to answer.
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And the Hornets did answer, twice in the first period and again in the third – each goal knotting the game.
The three regulation power play goals plus a 55-20 final shot margin allowed the Hornets to extend the game despite Brainerd perpetually holding the upper hand on the scoreboard.
In Brainerd’s second state tournament appearance, the Warriors claim Class AA runner-up honors after falling in overtime in the 2018 consolation semifinals.
Senior forward Olivia Swaim cashed in the game-winner in the fourth minute of the second overtime. She was assisted by freshman defender Vivian Jungels, who made the All-Tournament Team by scoring a goal and dishing two assists in the title game and contributing four points throughout the tournament (2g, 2a).
It was junior forward Tella Jungels who tied the game at the end of the sixth minute of the third period, her first goal of the tournament with assists credited to senior All-Tournament Team defender Mallory Uihlein and sophomore defender Lily Hendrikson. Uihlein had a pair of assists in the championship and four throughout the tournament run.
V.Jungles and Uihlein were joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior forward Annie Kuehl (1g, 2a).
Senior goalie Elli Strittmater registered 17 saves in the net for the Hornets to secure the win and had 44 saves throughout the tournament on four goals allowed.
Her netminder counterpart, senior Olivia King of Brainerd, racked up 51 saves including 48 in regulation. She saved 101 shots in the state tournament while posting a 2-1 record to make the All-Tournament Team.
Joining King on the All-Tournament Team from Brainerd were senior forward Cheyenne Abear (3g, 3a) with a goal and assist in the title game, junior forward Gabbie Smith (1g, 5a) with two assists in the championship and junior defender Sophie Robinson who was +6 in the state tournament (+2 each game).
Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League
Updated: February 24, 2019 12:39 AM
Created: February 23, 2019 10:58 PM
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