Wayzata made its debut as the state’s new No. 1-ranked team a successful one on Thursday, Jan. 17 in a scrum-filled 3-1 triumph over Holy Family Catholic at the Plymouth Ice Center.
Holy Family Catholic (9-4-0) lost a crucial cog in its power play – not to mention a big part of its comeback hopes – with 3:16 left in the third period when leading scorer and North Dakota commit Shane Gersich received a 5-minute kicking major.
Wayzata (14-2-0), meanwhile, played efficiently, scoring three goals off only 19 shots.
"Our goalie played well,” Wayzata coach Pat O’Leary said. “We didn't have the puck as much as we wanted, but we executed a few times and kept with them in the third.”
Matthew Freytag, who played at the Bantam level last season, led Wayzata with two goals.
"It's a huge transition (from Bantams to high school),” Freytag said. “In the summer I was doing a bunch of things to get used to high school, playing with a bunch of the guys.
“Getting hit is the biggest thing, it gets you into the game. You gotta know when it's going to come. Get your head up and get better, get used to the speed."
Jack Sorensen scored with a wrist shot on an odd man rush in the first period and had an assist to match Freytag's two points.
Freshman Will Garin scored Holy Family Catholic's lone goal came off a rebound surrended by Wayzata goaltender Aaron Dingmann.
Dingmann stopped 19 of 20 shots.
"We all do whatever we can to win," Freytag said.
Both teams play Saturday. Wayzata squares off against Lake Conference rival Eden Prairie, and Holy Family Catholic plays Orono in a Wright County Conference matchup.