Boys Hockey: Edina Dominates Lakeville North in State Quarterfinals, 7-1

March 08, 2018 10:30 PM

Five different players scored goals as No. 2 seed Edina (27-2-0) defeated Lakeville North (16-11-2) 7-1 on Thursday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center in the 2018 Class AA Boys’ Hockey Tournament quarterfinals.

***Click the video box above to see highlights of Edina-Lakeville North***

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Competing at the state tournament for the 27th time, Edina will advance to the state semifinals to face the St. Michael-Albertville/No. 3 Duluth East winner on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center while Lakeville North will face the losing team from that matchup in the consolation semifinal on Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

The Hornets used strong special teams play, scoring a pair of shorthanded goals and a pair of power play goals to claim a 5-1 lead in the seventh minute of the second period. 

Edina scored three in the first and four in the second period.

Five players also recorded two-plus points and four players had two or more assists. Senior forward Sammy Walker, the point leader for Edina entering the tournament, added to his tally with a five point game with a goal and four assists. Walker has now scored 29 goals and distributed 34 assists on the year.

Junior wing Jett Jungels produced a four point game with a pair of goals and a pair of assists for the Hornets.

Junior forward Mason Nevers, entering the tournament with 55 points, had a two goal game to give him 23 goals on the season.

Senior goalie Garrett Mackay saved 15 shots in the victory for Edina.

The Panthers, making their first trip to state since winning the 2015 championship, got on the scoreboard in the fourth minute of the second period when junior forward Shane Griffin found the net on a feed from junior forward Spencer Schneider and senior defenseman Michael Buckingham. Schneider now has 46 points (25g, 21a) on the season.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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