In overtime, Minnetonka Skipper Charlie Huminski follows up on a rebound and then puts the game winner past Edina goalie Willie Benjamin and defenseman Matt Nelson as the packed house roared at the Pagel Center in Minnetonka. Photo by Brian Nelson
Minnetonka senior Charlie Huminski scored a rebound goal with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in overtime as No. 5-ranked Minnetonka beat No. 4 Edina 4-3 on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka, keeping the Skippers undefeated at home and in the Lake Conference.
Huminski scored off a rebound of a Tommy Brandabur shot to end an intense matchup played in front of a high-energy crowd.
The teams had traded goals in a wild final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime.
"Feels great, it was a tough game, we had a big battle," said Huminski, who has eight goals this season. "We're big rivals, and we came through with a great team effort."
Minnetonka improved to 8-0-1 at home, 5-0-0 in the Lake Conference and 15-5-1 overall.
After suffering a one-goal loss to Minnetonka earlier in the season, Edina (16-5-0) appeared to have the rematch won when sophomore Dylan Malmquist scored his third goal with 56 seconds left in the third period. His goal was set up off a defensive zone faceoff and put Edina up 3-2.
Minnetonka senior Jared Ridge forced the extra period when he beat Edina goaltender Willie Benjamin on a power play with 28 seconds left. The Hornets' Andy Jordahl took a tripping penalty with 1:02 remaining, and Minnetonka pulled goaltender Paul Ciaccio in favor of an extra skater.
Junior Connor Hurley assisted on each of Malmquist's goals.
Both goaltenders played well with Ciaccio stopping 26 of 29 shots and Benjamin turning aside 25 of 29 shots.
"For a hockey fan, that's probably the best six dollars you could spend," Minnetonka coach Brian Urick said.
Edina's Dylan Malmquist ties it up with just over three minutes left in regulation, and then (below) scores again with 56 seconds remaining in what appeared at the time to be the game winner. Photos - Brian Nelson
Edina sophomore Dylan Malmquist celebrates after scoring a third-period goal for the Hornets to complete his hat trick. Photo by Brian Nelson
With 28 seconds left, Minnetonka's Jared Ridge scored on this tough angle shot to send the game into overtime. Photo - Brian Nelson
1. Charlie Huminski, Minnetonka
A senior forward, Huminski slapped home a rebound in overtime for his eighth goal of the season and biggest of his career. Huminski battled all night in front of the net for rebounds and finally was rewarded in overtime.
2. Dylan Malmquist, Edina
The sophomore was a nightmare for Minnetonka to stop, as Malmquist displayed his speed all game. Malmquist has a scoring touch, too, as evidenced by his three goals. On Malmquist's third goal he beat two Minnetonka defenders to a loose puck off a defensive zone faceoff.
3. Connor Hurley, Edina
A junior forward, Hurley helped set up each of Malmquist's goals. In a fast and physical game, Hurley was able to use his speed and brush off multiple checks and keep the pressure on Minnetonka in the Skippers' defensive zone.