Andy Jordahl (10) crashes the net hard as Duluth East goaltender Dylan Parker loses his helmet. Photo by Adam Crane.
The first of two goals within a 19-second span in the third period gave Edina the edge. The second killed Duluth East.
Tyler Nanne and Andy Jordahl scored back-to-back goals in the 12th minute of the third period to secure the Hornets’ spot in the Class 2A championship with in a 3-2 victory over the Greyhounds.
“We knew it was getting down the wire. And we knew from there that we had the momentum in our hands and all we had to do is play defense to get the win,” Nanne said.
After Nanne gave his team a lead on a long slapshot, he encouraged his teammates to keep peppering the net. He didn’t realize how quick the words of encouragement would be pay off, but thankful it came when it did.
Jordahl’s insurance goal proved to be significant. The Greyhounds kept their hopes alive when Meirs Moore scored with 1:46 left in the third period. Time, however, ran out on Duluth East and Edina avenged a midseason 4-1 loss to the Greyhounds.
“The last time we played them they kind of ran us out of the building,” Nanne said. Edina couldn’t forget the big hits Duluth East pounded on them Dec. 27. They had a lot to make up for on Friday.
Alex Toscano scored Duluth’s first goal 2:40 into the game and the lead held until the third period when Edina’s Miguel Fidler tied it. After the first five minutes of the game, however, Edina began to take control and eventually wore out its opponent.
Moore and Toscano said the hits from Edina became overwhelming. After every pass, the Hornets would finish a ahrd check.
“It was getting physical. … This time they were throwing the punches. It pushed us back on our heels,” Toscano said.
Moore said the Hornets’ hits were on his mind any time he would touch the puck.
The game ended in a scramble against the boards near the blue line, and pushing ensued to close out the physical night.
“We had to make sure we kept hitting them so they didn’t get out of the zone,” Fidler said.
Jordahl said the goal was to wear the Greyhounds down, and when they saw it happen, the Hornets pounced.
Edina last played in the 2A championship game in 2010.
JASON GONZALEZ, Star Tribune
Edina's Miguel Fidler crashes into the net as Duluth East's Phil Beaulieu tries to clear the puck. Photo by Brian Nelson.
Edina's Tyler Nanne celebrates his 3rd period goal that gave the Hornets the lead and the win. Photo by Brian Nelson
1. Tyler Nanne, Edina
The junior defenseman added a chapter to the proud and lengthy Nanne family state tournament folklore by scoring what proved to be the winning goal in the third period on a blast from the high slot. Nanne’s older brother, Louie, scored a huge goal in the Hornets’ 2010 state title game win over Minnetonka. The Nannes’ father, Marty, scored the wining goal for the Hornets in 1984 when they beat Bloomington Kennedy for the 1984 title.
2. Miguel Fidler, Edina
A junior forward, Fidler ignited the Hornets’ comeback with his goal 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third period. Fidler scored five regular season goals in 25 games but now has three goals in the playoffs as he’s stepped up his play at precisely the right moment.
3. Meirs Moore, Duluth East
The Greyhounds did not exit quietly thanks to Moore, the do-it-all defenseman who has been so crucial to his team’s success. Moore’s goal with 1:46 remaining led to a frantic finish and some anxious moments for the Hornets and their fans. Moore led Duluth East with four shots on goal and anchored a group that shut down the Hornets for two-plus periods.
-- Loren Nelson, MN Hockey Hub
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