Minnetonka's Hunter Newhouse splits the Duluth East defense during Thursday night's game at the Pagel Activity Center. Newhouse had two first-period goals. Photo by Loren Nelson, SportsEngine
Seniors Duke Kiffin and Hunter Newhouse have been Minnetonka varsity regulars since they were sophomores. In high school years that makes them ancient, on par with, say, a 40-year-old playing quarterback in the Super Bowl.
All that experience came in handy for the Skippers on Thursday night as they leaned heavily on their penalty-killing unit — spearheaded by Kiffin and Newhouse, among others — to outlast Duluth East 4-2 at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka.
“This is their third year, they’ve played over 50 or 60 games,” Minnetonka coach Sean Goldsworthy said. “They could probably teach the kill at this point.”
Minnetonka took six penalties and killed off four Duluth East power plays, including an extended 5-on-3 Greyhounds advantage to start the third period. It was only fitting that Newhouse’s second goal of the game came shorthanded with 7:04 remaining in regulation.
“This was one of Newy’s best games of the year so far,” Goldsworthy said about the forward who was a standout in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this fall and leads the Skippers with 12 points. “He was on the puck all night long. I thought he had a couple of really good opportunities that didn’t go in early, so it was kind of justice that he got one on at the end there.”
Minnetonka's Hunter Newhouse beats Duluth East goaltender beats Duluth East goaltender Dane Callaway for a shorthanded goal in the third period. Photo by Loren Nelson, SportsEngine
Senior forward Hunter Newhouse scored twice, including a shorthanded goal with 7:04 remaining in the third period as Minnetonka held off Duluth East 4-2 on Thursday night at the Pagel Activity Center.
Newhouse finished a 2-on-1 with teammate Graham Harris to collect the shorthanded tally that gave the Skippers (5-3-0) a 4-2 lead and took some of the life out of a scrappy Duluth East team (4-3-1) that had rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit with two second-period goals.
Newhouse also scored what proved to be the winning goal with 4:58 left in the first period as Minnetonka outshot the Greyhounds 12-2 in the opening period.
Ben Konen and Jack Quinn also scored in the first period for Minnetonka. Brady Gray and Tyler Smith had the second-period goals for Duluth East.
Minnetonka was assessed three penalties for six minutes in the third period. The Skippers also had taken a penalty late in the second, setting up an extended 5-on-3 power play for Duluth East. The Greyounds finished 0-for-4 on the power play while Minnetonka was 0-for-1.
Minnetonka goaltender Kyle Briesemeister finished with 16 saves. The Greyhounds' Dane Callaway made 29 stops.
Minnetonka's Graham Harris, left, attempts to avoid the outstretched leg of Duluth East's Tyler Smith. Photo by Loren Nelson, SportsEngine
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