The Minnetonka Skippers knew the Edina Hornets would come out of the gate with a flurry of energy coming off a tough 5-4 overtime loss to the Wayzata Trojans. The Hornets flew out of the gates yet the Skippers held off the fast start. Erik Baskin scored a pair of goals as his first tally marked the game's first goal at 12:16 of the first period. He scored again on a beautiful backhand effort high over Edina goalie Connor Girard for the 2-0 lead and the eventual game winning goal at 6:34 of the second period.
Braemar Arena has not been friendly of late to the Skippers as the Hornets have mounted some memorable comebacks. Last year was a tough pill for the Skippers to swallow as they watched a 4-0 first period lead evaporate and turn into an Edina 5-4 overtime victory. That comeback may have propelled the Hornets to the State Title. Even though coaches and players say it is just "another game,"' that one stuck in the back of the Skippers minds.
"This place has been a house of horrors for us with leads the last two years," Urick said. "And, our guys have had a hard time holding a lead in the third. We went in there and said, 'It's zero-zero guys. Don't even think about the score, don't think about anything, go out there, win the third period, win the game and we will go from there.' "
The Skippers are ready to run and hold sole possession of first place in the Lake Conference with a 2-0 record.
3. Max Coatta, Minnetonka
Another sophomore on the well balanced Skippers lineup that played an effective two-way game and picked up 2 assists on the night including Baskin's all important first goal of the game.
|Monday||Hockey on Demand||7pm|
|Tuesday||Breck vs Totino Grace||7pm|
|Thursday||Minnetonka vs Eden Prairie||7pm|
|Saturday||BSM vs Holy Angels||7pm|