Edina's Garret Mackay (1) stretches for a save against Wayzata in the third-place game of the Channel 12 Turkey Trot hockey tournament. Mackay finished with 26 saves in the 4-1 Hornets' win Nov. 26. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine
In his first varsity start, freshman and Golden Gophers commit Jake Boltmann was a catalyst for Edina’s first two goals and the Hornets went on to beat Wayzata 4-1 in the third place game of the Channel 12 Turkey Trot tournament Saturday evening at Plymouth Ice Center.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing varsity so it’s been really fun,” Boltmann said of the tournament weekend that’s been a traditional kickoff for the boys’ hockey season for 14 years.
“It’s a good opportunity for some of the younger kids to get indoctrinated into good hockey,” coach Curt Giles said.
In many cases for Lake Conference prospects, players will have D1 commitments before their first varsity practice. Complacency and overconfidence can can leave some flattened and flat-footed when adjusting to the speed and the physically of the high school circuit.
For Boltmann that wasn’t the case.
He helped spark a Hornets (1-1) revival in the second period as Edina, ranked sixth in the Class 2A Let’s Play Hockey poll, scored twice after landing just two shots in the first frame.
“First period we weren’t moving the puck as well as we should have, but the second and third we got moving,” Boltmann said.
Bram Scheerer scored just 50 seconds into the middle frame off a feed through the slot from Boltmann.
Boltmann barely took credit for his first assist and said his second was unearned as fellow University of Minnesota commit Ben Brinkman took the puck end-to-end on the power play and fired a shot nearside past Reid Waszczenko.
Half a minute after University of Minnesota commit Ben Brinkman scored the Hornets' second, the No. 5-2A Trojans pulled one back from a Griffin Ness snapped a shot while Hornets goaltender Garrett MacKay was down.
Mackay bounced back in the final period stopping all 11 shots he faced as Wayzata (0-2) relentlessly attacked the net looking for an equalizer.
“To have a goalie like him play the way he did, we’re lucky to have him,” Boltmann said.
Scheerer and Sam Walker scored late in the game to put away Edina's first victory of the season over its longtime rival who it will face at least three more times in the regular season and in potentially in Class 2A, Section 6.
“We got to beat them three more times this season and hopefully in the playoffs too,” Mackay said.
Edina freshman Jake Boltmann had a pair of assists against Wayzata on Saturday to help the Hornets defeat Wayzata. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine
Freshman Jake Boltmann tallied two assists for Edina in the Channel 12 Turkey Trot third place game as the Hornets beat Wayzata 4-1 Saturday evening at Plymouth Ice Center.
Ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A Let’s Play Hockey poll, Edina landed just two shots on net in the first period but bounced back with two goals in the second and outshot the Trojans 9-8.
Ben Brinkman put the Hornets (1-1) ahead 2-0 for a moment in the second period before No. 5-2A Wayzata’s Griffin Ness ripped a shot top shelf past Garrett Mackay 31 seconds later.
Mackay turned aside 11 shots in the final period to protect Edina’s lead and finished with 26 saves.
Reid Waszczenko stopped 13 of 16 shots for Wayzata (0-2).
Edina defenseman Ben Brinkman (17) netted a breakaway goal in the second period of Saturday's game against Wayzata. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine
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