Minnetonka junior forward Alex Lunski (12) celebrates his second goal with Javon Moore (22) in Saturday night's 4-1 home win over Andover. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
A lot of preseason buzz surrounds Minnetonka and what is expected to be an incredible amount of depth on this year’s squad.
Those praises played out over the weekend, as Minnetonka’s second line did the heavy lifting and helped burn defending state champion Andover for a convincing 4-1 victory that proved to be mostly one-way traffic.
Juniors Sam Sheetz and Alex Lunski, along with sophomore Ashton Schultz inflicted heavy damage, combining for three goals and seven points against the Huskies.
If opposing teammates are intent to key in on Minnetonka’s flashy top line, Sheetz, Lunski and Schultz are content to make them pay.
Andover senior captain Gavyn Thoreson protects the puck as Minnetonka defenseman John Stout pressures during the second period. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minnetonka outshot, out pressured and outworked Andover en route to an emphatic 4-1 victory Saturday evening at Pagel Activity Center in perhaps the state’s most anticipated early-season matchup.
Andover (1-1) struck first and took a lead less than a minute in, but the rest of the story, and the game belonged entirely to Minnetonka, ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches’ poll.
The knockout blow came with a three-goal second period that put the Skippers (2-0) on a firm victory footing they would only build upon.
The second line of Ashton Schultz, Alex Lunski and Sam Sheetz accounted for three goals and seven points. Lunski led everyone with two goals and an assist.
Top-ranked and defending Class 2A champion Andover’s lone goal came from Ben Doll 48 seconds in, while goaltender Cal Conway stopped 30 of 34 shots.
Minnetonka's Gavin Garry (15) tries to avoid Andover's Cayden Casey (15) on Saturday, Nov. 26. Photo by Drew Herron/SportsEngine
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