Edina players celebrated their Class 2A championship victory against Eden Prairie. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Loud words from senior leaders snapped the Edina boys’ hockey team into focus after two flat periods of play in the Class 2A state championship game.
Senior wing Peter Colby also heard from team manager Jack Goetzmann, quiet encouragement that Colby would be the one to come through.
Two Colby goals, including the game-winner in overtime, fueled Edina’s 3-2 victory over Eden Prairie on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. The Hornets won their 13th state championship; no program in 75 years of state tournament play comes close.
Colby scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season, the second coming 2 minutes, 31 seconds into the fourth period.
His efforts capped a night when none of the three Mr. Hockey Award finalists on the ice were trophy goal scorers and unlikely stars took turns lifting their teams.
Edina, Minnesota’s most decorated boys’ hockey program, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its inaugural state championship with another title.
The Hornets edged Eden Prairie 3-2 in overtime for their 13th state championship. No program in 75 years of state tournament play comes close.
Senior wing Peter Colby tallied his eighth and ninth goals of the season, the first to tie the game, the second to win it at 2:31 of the fourth period Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
"I have no words,'' Colby said after describing his game-winner. "It's unbelievable.''
Colby’s efforts capped a night on which all three Mr. Hockey Award finalists on the ice were locked out of their usual roles as trophy goal scorers, forcing unlikely stars to take turns lifting their teams.
Goals for No. 1 seed Edina (27-2-1) came not off the sticks of Jett Jungels and Mason Nevers but from its second and third lines. No. 3 seed Eden Prairie (19-10-2) got offense courtesy of a sophomore and a member of its third defensemen pair rather than Jack Jensen.
1. Peter Colby, Edina, senior
The third-liner scored twice, including the OT winner, much to the delight of the Edina student section, which chanted, “Thank you, Peter! Thank you, Peter!”
2. Kevin Delaney, Edina, senior
Completed his rise from youth-level obscurity to varsity superstar by scoring a goal and setting up another, both coming in third-period crunch time.
3. Louden Hogg, Edina, sophomore
Withstood both a barrage of Eden Prairie shots — 33 in all — and hard-charging Eagles net-crashers to earn the victory, his 22nd of the season.
Edina forward Peter Colby (9) scored the game-winner in overtime against Eden Prairie. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ email@example.com