Edina's Casey Dornbach beats Eden Prairie goaltender Jake Gerdes for a second-period goal on Thursday night. Photo by Loren Nelson
Edina senior Miguel Fidler scored the winning goal against Eden Prairie on Thursday. Photo by Loren Nelson
A bright red patch of blood stained Miguel Fidler’s jersey as he walked out of the locker room on Thursday night.
The bloodied senior, who leads the No. 2 Edina Hornets (15-4-1) in scoring, was once again the hero, burying the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Eden Prairie (12-6-2).
In the low-scoring affair, Fidler found the puck on his stick after a shot bounced off the endboards and fired it past Eagles goalie Jake Gerdes at 5:33 of the third period. The goal – his 15th on the season – perfectly epitomized the forward’s scrappy style of play.
“The thing is, there are no pictures on the scorecards,” Edina coach Curt Giles said. “He’s in the right spot at the right time, so it turned out to be a pretty good goal.”
Though Fidler is often seen on that picture-less scorecard, he’s also notorious for his play in the crease. Bumping, shoving, hacking – you name it – he’s doing it before (and after) every whistle.
And he’s willing to suffer the consequences, even if that might mean his jersey has to go through the wash an extra cycle to rid away the blood.
“I like to get under peoples’ skin. That’s kind of what I do, and I’ve been doing it ever since I was little,” Fidler said.
He’ll be the first one to say it, but Fidler knows his role on the team, and it serves him well as he’s even caught the attention of NHL scouts. The forward was chatting with a Buffalo Sabres scout outside the locker room. Fidler's father Mike played for the North Stars.
“I play scrappy, and it works for me,” Fidler said.
Coming off an average junior season (8 goals, 7 assists), the senior stepped up his game this year and has already doubled his point total from last season. His style of play may be the same, but the results are drastically different.
“He’s worked very hard for three years for this program, “ Giles said. “He’s a strong kid, and he’s a very determined hockey player.”
His determination has helped lead his Hornets with 39 points, but his impact on the ice also translates to the bench. The high-energy forward is often a rally man for his teammates.
“It’s always fun to see Miguel go out there and lay his body on some guy who’s got a couple inches on him,” said Casey Dornbach, who scored the Hornets’ first goal. “He’s a really fun player to watch.