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Edina's top guns use their speed, hit their marks in 4-2 victory over Moorhead

By LOREN NELSON, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/07/19, 8:15PM CST


The Hornets' Jett Jungels, Mason Nevers and Liam Malmquist each scored and goaltender Louden Hogg made 20 saves and came up big at the end.

Edina goalie Louden Hogg blocked a shot in the first period. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

Determining Edina’s fastest player is an exercise in futility.

Hornets senior forward Jett Jungels says the honor could belong defenseman Mike Vorlicky, or maybe fellow high-scoring forwards Liam Malmquist or Mason Nevers. Even Brett Chorske, the Hornets’ 6-6 center, has dragstrip-worthy wheels according to Jungels.

“We’re all fast,” Jungels said Thursday after the No. 1-seeded and top-ranked Hornets outlasted unseeded Moorhead 4-2 in a state Class 2A quarterfinal.

The Spuds won’t argue. They fell behind 1-0 in a blink of an eye, as Jungels — yet another speed demon — opened the scoring 57 seconds into the first period on a burst to the net. Nevers made it 2-0 by the end of the first period, again exploiting Edina’s edge in speed.

First report

Edina top guns Jett Jungels, Mason Nevers and Liam Malmquist each scored as the No. 1-seeded and top-ranked Hornets got sizzling performances from all of its top players in a 4-2 triumph over unseeded and unranked Moorhead on Thursday’ in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Jungels, a senior Mr. Hockey Award finalist, scored his 28th goal of the season 57 seconds into the opening period at Xcel Energy Center. Nevers, also a senior Mr. Hockey Award finalist, made it 2-0 with 3:29 left in the first with his 18th goal.

Moorhead’s Cullen Gess cut the Hornets’ lead to 2-1 less than 2 minutes into the second period, but Malmquist’s goal (his 24th of the season) less than four minutes later put Edina (25-2-1) in control most of the rest of the game.

Moorhead’s Nolan Westra goal with 3:07 left injected one last shot of energy into the Spuds and the partisan Moorhead crowd. Edina goaltender Louden Hogg made a diving, face-first save at the right corner of the crease with less than 2 minutes left before teammate Kevin Delaney scored into an open net with 28.7 seconds left to secure the victory.

Moorhead (21-7-1) fired 20 shots on Edina’s Hogg. The Spuds’ Hudson Hodges made 32 saves.

Check back later for more on the game.

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