Minnetonka forward Teddy Lagerback battles for the puck in the crease between Maple Grove goalie Jack Wieneke and center Kyle Kukkonen during the third period of Friday night's game at The Tradition in the Park Classic. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minnetonka senior captain Grant Docter finished with a goal and an assist in the Skippers' 5-2 win over Maple Grove. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minnetonka junior Teddy Lagerback considers NHL goal-scoring legend Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals his favorite NHL player. Lagerback even possesses a coveted picture of him standing next to “Alexander the Great,” a photo he’s shared with the world on social media.
“Can’t believe I got to meet my idol,” Lagerback says in the Twitter post.
Fittingly, Lagerback was wearing a Capitals T-shirt after scoring twice in the Skippers’ 5-2 victory over Maple Grove in a battle of top-five ranked state big schools, both of which entered the Tradition in the Park Holiday Hockey Classic matchup at the St. Louis Park Rec Center unbeaten.
“He’s always hungry to score,” Minnetonka senior goaltender Charlie Glocker said about Lagerback, whose nine goals this season puts him in a tie for the Skippers’ goal-scoring lead with fellow junior Griffin Streeter.
Lagerback scored both his goals during a late second-period flurry in which the Skippers turned a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 bulge heading into the third, improving their season record to 11-0-0 and their win streak over the past two seasons to 24.
Junior forward Teddy Lagerback scored twice in the second period and senior goaltender Charlie Glockner made 13 saves as defending state Class 2A champion Minnetonka remained unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over previously unbeaten Maple Grove on Friday at the Tradition in the Park holiday tournament at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Lagerback’s goals came in a span of 5 minutes, 21 seconds and bookended a three-goal Minnetonka flurry that also included a goal by Skippers’ junior forward Griffin Streeter. Lagerback’s second goal put the Skippers ahead 4-1 with 36 seconds left in the second period.
Minnetonka, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A in the state coaches’ poll, improved to 11-0-0 and pushed its winning streak, dating back to last season, to 24 games. Maple Grove ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, dropped to 7-1-1.
Crimson goaltender Jack Wieneke made 26 saves.
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