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No. 1 Minnetonka outlasts Holy Family in double overtime

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 02/28/18, 11:00PM CST


Josh Luedtke's second goal of the game gave the Skippers a 5-4 victory to win the Section 6 championship after they scored the tying goal with 3.2 seconds left in regulation.

Minnetonka's Josh Luedtke (3) hit the upper right corner of the net to beat Holy Family goalie Conan Hayton and win the game in the second overtime Wednesday. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Minnetonka waited eight long years, and on Wednesday, two excruciating overtimes, for a return to the state tournament.

Top-ranked Minnetonka outlasted Holy Family Catholic of Victoria for a 5-4 double-overtime victory Wednesday in the Class 2A, Section 2 championship game in the second game of a doubleheader at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Skippers return to state for the first time since 2010.

Junior defenseman Josh Luedtke took the lead role on the final goal. He darted into the slot, made a slick move to get space and fired high over goalie Conan Hayton.

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