The first place Minnetonka Skippers and Wayzata Trojans locked horns at Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka Thursday night as the feature game on MyFoxHockey.com. To state that the Skippers entered the game in first place was a bit of a surprise to many observers is an understatement. The Trojans (11-6-1, 1-2-0) entered the game on the heals of back to back losses by scores of 5-4 to Burnsville in overtime and 5-0 to Edina. They were looking to buck the leaky defensive trend against a Minnetonka club that has found its swagger combining for 12 goals in its last two Classic Lake games.
Sam Coatta saved his heroics for overtime as he tucked home the game winning goal :30 into overtime to lift the Skippers to the 2-1 victory. The game proved to be a quality two-way game that featured great play for both teams in all three zones. The Skippers (14-5-0, 3-0-0) held off the Trojans who, at times, came in waves. Their forwards delivered pressure on the Skippers defense.
Matt Straate scored his on a rebound just :17 in the game as he picked up a Billy Soule rebound and blasted a loose puck past Minnetonka goalie Jim Kruger for the 1-0 lead. It held up through the first period. It was into the second period that the Skippers began to take control but cold not solve Trojans goalie Ty Simcoe.
Pete Carbonneau converted a pass across the low slot from Andrew Prochno as he one touched a pass past Simcoe to tie the score at 12:04 for his third goal of the season. At that point, the Trojans amped up their game and the forwards created issues for the Skippers defensemen late in the third period. Kruger and the Skippers held serve to force overtime an set up Coatta's heroics.
His goal was the result of Max Gardiner's physical presence on the end boards behind Simcoe. As he somehow forced a turnover to the right post of the Trojan net, it was Coatta who was cruising off the left of the slot. He pounced on the puck as Simcoe was surprised to find it off to his right. Coatta had now where to go but Simcoe's left and made a little shiver move and tucked it past the goaltenders outstretched pad on the ice and in the back of the net for his 15th of the season.
Again, another overtime contest on MyFoxHockey.com did not disappoint as the Skippers were 0-3 and the Trojans 0-2 with the power play. Minnetonka outhot the Trojans 35-33 and had the edge in quality scoring chances 8-6. The Classic Lake conference is in control of the Skippers as they turned aside an impressive Wayzata team Thursday night. Up next for Minnetonka is Edina next Thursday and for Wayzata it will be a trip to Hopkins and a game with the Royals.
Notes: The loss was the first of the season on the road for Wayzata who was 7-0-0 away from the PIC....The Trojans are 4-5-1 at home this season with two of the 5 losses coming to Edina...Max Gardiner picked up his 20th assist of the season on Coatta's goal giving him 34 points on the season...The Skippers power play is ranked 112th in the state while the Trojans was 122nd...JBoth teams combined for just 4 power play shots in the five chances...Jim Kruger improved his record to 8-5-0 on the season in goal for the Skippers.
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