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Maple Grove wins first Turkey Trot since 2011 in overtime thriller against Edina

By Adam Holt, SportsEngine, 11/24/18, 9:00AM CST


Two second-period goals rallied the Crimson, winners of a shootout that determined the tournament's title.

Maple Grove’s sophomore goaltender Jack Wieneke puts a stop to Edina’s aggressive offense Saturday night. The Hornets had 40 shots on net and lost the game to the Crimson in an overtime shootout. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Maple Grove forward Kyle Kukkonen looks for an open man in front of Edina’s net in the second period at the Turkey Trot Title Game Saturday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Edina senior Kevin Delaney takes a shot in a 3-3 third period. The Hornets lost the Turkey Trot to the Crimson in an overtime shootout. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First report

It goes in the books as a tie, but it sure seemed like a lot more for Maple Grove.

Kyle and Trevor Kukkonen scored and Jack Wieneke saved both shots he faced in a shootout as Maple Grove topped Edina in the Turkey Trot championship Saturday at the Plymouth Ice Center. The game officially finished as a 3-3 tie that went through a scoreless overtime, with the Crimson winning the shootout 2-0 to earn the tournament title.

Maple Grove led 1-0 on a first-period power-play goal by Trevor Kukkonen (2-2-4) at the 11:22 mark. Edina’s Kevin Delaney (4-0-4) tied it at 15:24.

The Crimson allowed just one goal in a stretch of more than three shorthanded minutes in the second, including a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities for Edina, ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A state coaches' preseason poll. Mike Vorlicky (1-1-2) scored on the two-man advantage to put the Hornets up 2-1.

Two rushes in the second period's final two minutes had Maple Grove (1-0-1) up 3-2 heading to the third. Kyle Kukkonen (2-1-3) and Justin Janicke (2-1-3) each had goals as the Crimson reclaimed the lead after spending most of the game in their own zone.

Edina (1-0-1) forward Delaney scored his second goal of the game at 8:23 of the third, tying the score at 3.

Trevor Kukkonen scored to open the shootout, Edina’s Liam Malmquist missed, Kyle Kukkonen scored on a backhand move and Wieneke saved Mason Nevers’ attempt to seal the result.

Wieneke made 37 saves, while Edina’s Lauden Hogg made 15 stops.

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