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Top Games: Edina, Wayzata collide for control of Lake Conference

By Tim Kolehmainen, Sport Ngin, 02/02/15, 3:15PM CST

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The Hornets can remain atop the league standings by holding off a Trojans team that proved pesky in a meeting earlier this season.


Edina coach Curt Giles keeps an eye on the game action from the bench during the Hornets' 6-3 victory over Elk River in the Edina Holiday Classic at Braemar Ice Arena on Dec. 19. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Arguably the premier league in the state, the Lake Conference features four of the top-9 ranked Class 2A teams in the most recent Let’s Play Hockey coaches poll dated Jan. 28, 2015 — No. 2 Edina, No. 5 Eden Prairie, No. 8 Wayzata and No. 9 Minnetonka. That’s in just a five-team circuit that also includes Hopkins, which is capable of beating any team on any night, anchored by top goaltender Josh Kuehmichel.

So when the Lake slate makes its second go-around starting this week, it’s time to take notice. We’ve tabbed three Lake Conference games among the top games of the coming week and another two that feature at least one team from the conference. Every Lake team is represented at least once.

But the one that catches our eye as our Game of the Week is the battle for first place between Edina, which is 4-0-0 in conference, and Wayzata, which is 3-2-0.

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Moorhead's Jack Stetz (21) throws his arms up as he and his teammates celebrated the win. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com