Grand Rapids goaltender Hunter Shepard made 60 saves on Thursday, including this one on Edina's Dylan Malmquist. Photo by Loren Nelson
Edina forward Matt Masterman started the night and ended it.
He scored on the first shot of the game, just 15 seconds in, and then a couple hours later in overtime, propelling Edina past Grand Rapids 4-3 on Thursday in the Edina Holiday Classic at Braemar Ice Arena.
The fans didn’t even have time to settle into their seats by the time Masterman, a junior, scored.
“We haven’t really gotten off to good starts, but it was nice to get one right away. It was nice to score in the first period, which gave us some momentum,” Masterman said.
Sixty-three Edina shots later, he found the back of the net once again.
Masterman caught a pass during an odd-man rush and slipped the puck past Grand Rapids goaltender Hunter Shepard.
“It was just a great passing play,” Masterman said. “ [Miguel Fidler] made a nice pass, and I somehow put it in. I’m not sure.”
Playing on a line with seniors Fidler and Cullon Munson doesn’t hurt either. Fidler had a hand in every goal for the Hornets, recording a goal and three assists.
“[Masterman’s] been on a line with Munson and Fidler, and they’ve been together on a line together for the last few years. They play well together,” Edina coach Curt Giles said.
Edina trailed 3-1 early in the second period, and a hot goaltender nearly stole the game from the Hornets. Despite early frustration, they were able to settle into the game and tie it in the third.
“What we don’t want to happen is for the kids to get frustrated because then they end up making mistakes,” Giles said. “They press, they collapse, and something not good is going to happen. But I give them credit; they made some plays at the end to get back into it.”
Shepard finished the night with 60 saves, his highest total of the season. The Thunderhawks were outshot 64-20, and didn’t manage to get a shot on net during the overtime period. The senior goalie made a number of incredible saves in sudden death, but was eventually unable to fend off a feisty group of Hornets.
“[Shepard’s] a good goalie, but we kept pounding away and we got lucky,” Fidler said.
Edina improves to 5-2 on the season, and will face off against Elk River in its second game of the 32nd annual Edina Holiday Classic on Friday night.
-- Will Jarvis