A potential blowout turned into a nail-biter as Wayzata’s four-goal lead ended in a 4-3 victory over Hopkins in boys Classic Lake conference play.
Wayzata (15-8-1) swept its conference series with Hopkins (14-9-1) as it prepares for section playoffs next week. The Trojans beat Hopkins 3-1 earlier this month.
“We got off to real fast start last night and we had a lot of jump,” said Wayzata head coach Carl Davis. “We set them back on their heels and were fortunate to hold onto the lead for the win.
“It was a big win for us in terms of seeding in sections,” said Davis. “Depending on the outcomes of tomorrow’s games, we have a shot at the number three seed in our section.”
Wayzata dominated Hopkins in the first period, out-shooting the Royals 15-4. Junior center Danny Walsh scored first for Wayzata on a quick backhanded shot past the Royals’ Alex Fons. He was assisted by junior winger Scott Holm, who scored a goal (assist: Bryan Tabery) of his own less than 20 seconds later.
In the second period Wayzata added two more goals to make it 4-0. Senior forward Matt Straate slammed the puck through the five-hole on an assist from teammate Kevin Blackley. Late in the period Blackley scored on a perfect pass from senior captain Billy Soule.
Hopkins mounted a comeback early in the third period with a powerplay goal from just inside the blue line by Nate Seashore (assists: Tom Plotkin, Archie Skalbeck). The Royals’ Travis Boyd scored an unassisted goal a few minutes later as the momentum swung towards Hopkins. Plotkin made it 4-3 on high corner shot after Wayzata goalie Ty Simcoe had lost his stick. Wayzata’s defense held firm and Simcoe, who stopped 25 shots, picked up his 13th win.
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