Wayzata celebrates an overtime goal by Kyle Mortenson that lifted the Trojans to a 3-2 road victory over Minnetonka Saturday afternoon at Pagel Arena. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Wayzata is on a roll. After defeating Eden Prairie, ranked No. 1 in the 2A coaches’ poll, 2-1 on Thursday, the Trojans faced another tough conference foe in Minnetonka.
Wayzata didn’t falter, and got their second big win in a row against a conference opponent as they defeated Minnetonka 3-2 in overtime at Pagel Ice Arena Saturday afternoon. A game that had its moments of chippiness throughout was perhaps turned in Wayzata’s favor because of one such moment at the end of the third period.
“We struggled a little in the third period,” senior defender Kyle Mortenson said. “But we battled through it. Beating Eden Prairie gave us a confidence boost coming in and we faced another tough team today.”
As the final seconds ticked away in regulation and a Wayzata player pinned the puck up against the boards in a corner of their end of the ice, it seemed all but certain that Minnetonka (10-9-0, 4-2-0), who had scored twice in the third period to tie the hockey game, would continue their third-period streak of momentum and find a way to finish off an impressive comeback against their conference rivals.
Then senior forward Teddy Lagerback, who had scored the tying goal for the Skippers, went hard into the small scrum that had formed against the wall. Whistles blew and it took the referees a minute to separate players out, and Lagerback was sent to the penalty box for the first two minutes of the extra session.
Minnetonka goalie Brandon Shantz stops a scoring chance by Wayzata forward Jack Kimlinger in the first period. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
The Lake Conference has long been a conference where any team can win on any given night. This afternoon, it was Wayzata’s turn to take down conference rival Minnetonka, as Kyle Mortenson’s goal with 4:11 remaining in overtime in front of a noisy crowd at Pagel Ice Arena gave the Trojans a big 3-2 win.
Wayzata (12-6-1, 4-3-0) dominated play in the first two periods, scoring twice in the second on goals by senior forwards Ben Luedtke and Jack Kimlinger and outshot the Skippers (10-9-0, 4-2-0) 17-8. Senior goalie Brandon Shantz (21 saves) kept Minnetonka, ranked No. 9 in the class 2A coaches' poll, within reach of a comeback by making several tough saves on Wayzata breakaways.
A power-play goal by senior forward Nic Henry early in the third period cut Wayzata’s lead in half, and senior forward Teddy Lagerback tied the game 9:22 into the third off a tight pass onto the back door of Wayzata’s net.
Lagerback was called for roughing at the conclusion of regulation after getting involved in a scrum along the boards, and the penalty gave Wayzata momentum to start the OT period before Mortenson’s even-strength goal.
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