Class 2A notebook: Edina manager right-on-the-money when it comes to game-winner

Edina senior Peter Colby scores the game-winning goal Saturday night. Photo: Prep 45
Edina senior Peter Colby scores the game-winning goal Saturday night.

March 10, 2019 01:14 AM

Jack Goetzman may have a future as a psychic, or some other vocation where the ability to be prescient is a prerequisite.

Because he was certainly right-on-the-money Saturday night.

Before the third period began, the student manager for the Edina boys hockey team told Peter Colby, a senior forward who had just seven goals all season, that the fate of the Hornets' Class 2A state championship matchup against Eden Prairie was likely going to come down to him.

"He told me I was going to be the one," Colby said afterward. 

"We're super good friends. Ever since we were little, we've always had a good bond. We're always joking around. 

"I think even the managers as seniors realized the moment we were in and that we had to come together and go out there to get the job done."

Colby certainly did. After classmate Kevin Delaney scored at the 5:21 mark of the third period to erase a one-goal Eden Prairie lead that had stood since the first, Colby followed with a goal just 22 seconds later to give his team the lead.

Then, after the Eagles tied the score, it was Colby who came through with the game-winner at the 2:31 mark of overtime.

That made two goals on the night - or just shy of one-quarter of his season total, which now stands at nine.

And he actually had the chance to win the game as time expired in regulation, nearly scoring in the Eden Prairie crease.

"We talked about it before the game and we said he's going to be the one," Hornets coach Curt Giles said jokingly.

"But really, when you look at the history of the state tournament, big goals have been scored by different guys a lot of different times. And Peter has scored some goals for us. 

"So I wasn't surprised."

But it was Goetzman, the manager, who went on record with the bold prediction.

"He'll be an assistant coach for us next year," Giles joked.

* Saturday night's attendance was listed at 16,380.

* Edina sophomore goaltender Louden Hogg was nursing a bloody nose at the postgame press conference. But it didn't come during the game, when he recorded 31 saves. 

Rather, it came in the celebration that followed Colby's game-winning goal.

* Eden Prairie finished with a 33-20 edge on shots. Through the first two periods, the Eagles held a 26-7 edge.

"I was so proud of our kids going into the third period," Eagles coach Lee Smith said. "We played two periods of pretty much flawless hockey.

"The only thing that didn't happen was getting that second goal when we had all those chances."

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