Delano forward Bruce Halonen purses the puck through Minneapolis goaltender Alex Lamont and defenseman Leo Warner during the second period Tuesday night in Delano. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minneapolis seniors Evan Grimm and Alex Lamont proudly wear the “M” on their jersey.
Growing up in the Minneapolis Storm Youth Hockey Association, they couldn’t wait to wear the black-and-white and represent an entire city.
With their prep hockey lives entering the final stretch and the Minneapolis high school team fielding one of its most competitive and talented teams since the seven schools were combined into one team in 2010, the stakes are high. The desire to win and achieve is strong.
“We take a lot of pride playing for Minneapolis,” Grimm said. “It means a lot to wear the jersey, and everyone on the team has come together with that belief.”
Minneapolis senior wing Evan Grimm scored the game's eventual game-winner with a shorthanded goal in the first period. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minneapolis scored twice in the first period and held up to Delano’s pushback to pick up a 2-1 road victory Tuesday night in a meeting of Class 1A, Section 2’s top teams.
Will Pankratz opened the scoring three minutes, 54 seconds into the game, and Minneapolis (11-3) added another in the closing minutes when Zander Zoia and Evan Grimm forced a turnover in their own zone while down a man, then raced in and buried a shorthanded goal.
Delano (10-5) got one back in the second period when Craig Halonen converted on the power play at 6:26, with a single assist to Jesse Peterson. The Tigers, ranked No. 6-1A, outshot Minneapolis by a 2-to-1 ratio.
Minneapolis, ranked No. 7-1A, picked up its third straight win and slips into the driver’s seat for top seeding for the section tournament now less than four weeks away.
Minneapolis goaltender Alex Lamont stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced to earn his 11th win of the season while dropping his goals-against-average to 1.97.
Delano forward Jesse Peterson and Minneapolis defenseman Drew Pitts battle for the puck during the second period. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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