Edina tops East Ridge in Class AA Girls' State Hockey quarterfinals

February 21, 2019 09:32 PM

Top seed and two-time defending MSHSL Class AA champion Edina (25-4) got off to a strong start with a 7-0 quarterfinal win over East Ridge (19-9-1) on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center.

The Hornets will head to the semifinals, two wins away from a third straight state crown against the #5 Minnetonka/#4 Maple Grove winner on Friday, February 22 at 8:30 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. East Ridge, competing in its first state tournament, will play the loser of that matchup on Friday at noon in the consolation semifinals at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island in St. Paul.

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The Raptors started strong, looking poised to strike first against the two-time defending champs, holding an early 7-1 shot advantage in the first five minutes of play including multiple power play opportunities.

The Hornets would end up finding the net midway through the period, though, and close out the first with an 11-9 shot advantage despite the early disparity.

In the second, Edina netted goals on a pair of power play opportunities, the first 1:07 into the period and the second approaching the midway point. By the end of the period, Edina would score four times to claim a 5-0 lead.

Edina senior goalie Elli Strittmater stopped 17 shots in the shutout victory while East Ridge junior Emerald Kelley compiled 32 saves for the Raptors.

The Hornets spread out their attack with 11 different players factoring into the scoring including six with multiple points led by senior forward CC Bowlby with two goals, giving her 27 on the year. Freshman forward Jane Kuehl scored the Hornets’ lone first period goal, her ninth of the year and she would add a third period assist, as well.

Four players recorded two assist performances for Edina: freshman Haley Maxwell (8), sophomore Lily Hendrickson (9), junior Tella Jungels (20) and senior Annie Kuehl (25).

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