Minnetonka gets past Maple Grove in Class AA Quarterfinals

February 21, 2019 10:34 PM

#5 Minnetonka (15-13-1) became the first team to defeat a higher seeded team in the 2019 MSHSL Girls Hockey Tournament in either class, picking up a 7-4 win over #4 Maple Grove (19-8-1) in the Class AA quarterfinals on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Not only was it the first upset according to the seeding, it was the highest scoring game in any of the eight quarterfinals played in the two classes.

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It was Maple Grove who scored first in their second state tournament appearance. But Minnetonka scored four in a row in the second period and although Maple Grove cut into the lead with three goals in the final 18:12 of play, the Skippers were able to fend off each of the Crimson’s rallies.

Minnetonka, competing in its fifth state tournament appearance, will play in the semifinals for a fifth time with a perfect 5-0 quarterfinal record in search of a fourth state title. Minnetonka is also unbeaten in four prior trips to the semifinals. They’ll face the top-seeded Edina Hornets on Friday, February 22 at 8:30 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

Maple Grove will meet East Ridge in the consolation semifinals on Friday at noon at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island in St. Paul.

Of the 11 total goals scored, only five were even strength with Minnetonka scoring three times on power play and once on an empty net while Maple Grove had a power play and a shorted handed goal among its four.

Nine different Skippers compiled points led by junior forward Lacey Martin with two goals and an assist and junior forward Emily Bayless with a goal and two assists. Junior defender Maggie Nicholson also had a multi-point outing with a goal and an assist.

The Crimson had five different players register points led by senior defender Emma Larson’s three point effort with a goal and two assists. Sophomore forward Laura Stenslie had a two goal game, senior forward Mannon McMahon had two assists and sophomore forward Tristana Tatur had a goal and assist to give them four players with multiple points.

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