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Hornets work depth in 5-0 shutout over Falcons

By Pete Waggoner, 02/01/09, 10:38AM CST


Edina, Minnesota


The Edina Hornets snapped a two game losing skid with a convincing 5-0 shutout over the Robbinsdale Armstong Falcons. The Hornets took charge from the beginning and never looked back as they received contributions from players other than Anders Lee, Marshall Everson, and Connor Gaarder and Armstrong goalie Jeff Riman made a case for being producing one of the best performances in goal to date this season.


Riman made 44 saves as he faced 49 Hornet shots that came from all angles. As is typical when playing Edina, he had to fend off a multitude of traffic, deflections, back door passes, and point blank shots. He was effective in his positional play and kept the Hornet attack at bay for the game's first 15 minute until Joey Harrington scored his 2nd goal of the season on a pass from Steven Fogarty. Harrington was cruising at an angle to the left of Riman who had to honor Fogarty to his right. As Forgarty faded deeper to the goal line, he fed Harrington for the Hornet 1-0 lead.


The Hornets (16-3-0, 2-1-0) took that 1-0 lead to the second period and continued to posses the puck and play an incredibly relaxed yet urgent game. They were flowing throughout the three zones, broke out the puck with ease, and maneuvered the neutral zone an offensive zone with precision. Blake Chapman played perhaps his most inspired game of the season as he received gobs of ice time. He rewarded his coaches with a spectacular rush up the right side, he was able to turn it toward the net as he broke and shot beating Riman high to the glove for the 2-0 lead. The goal was Chapman's 4th on the season.


It was more of the same for the Hornet as the hung onto the puck yet the defensive zone play of Thomas Fallen, and Jack Goihl held the Hornets at bay with their goaltender. Connor Gaarder scored at 7:15 of the third period and Brendan Baker snuck down from the right point on the power play and fired a rinkwide pass from John Eppel past Riman for the 4-0 lead. Eppel had received a pass from the left point by Max Everson, drew a crowd, and fired a laser of a pass to the waiting Baker.


Anders Lee rounded out the scoring for Edina as he batted a waist high puck out of the air with :09 left on he clock to round out the win. Lee played just 18:30 of the game, a significant decline in ice-time as the Hornets relied on Chapman, Harrington, Andy Jorgenson, Michael Sit, and Fogarty to kill the majority of the penalties. They utilized their speed the entire game and gave the Falcons a tough game who fell to 10-8-1, 0-3-0 on the season. Up next for the Hornets is another MyFoxHockey.com classic from Pagel Arena this coming Thursday with Minnetonka. The Falcons will face off with the surging Buffalo Bison in non-conference action.