Minnetonka's Mason Hendrickson fights for the puck with Andover's Harrison Vandermay during the second period Saturday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Andover's Charlie Schoen and Minnetonka's Will Crull battle for the puck during the third period Saturday morning in Bemidji. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
For months now, Minnetonka has moved about with a giant target on the back of its blue and white sweaters.
Success and defending a state championship will do that.
No. 1-ranked Minnetonka and No. 2-ranked Andover faced off for an outdoor game near the south shore of Lake Bemidji Saturday morning. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Minnetonka broke through with three goals in the third period to fend off Andover 5-2 Saturday morning amid subzero temperatures on the shore of Lake Bemidji at Hockey Day Minnesota.
Defending state champion Minnetonka, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, had five different players finish on the scoring sheet as the Skippers wore down No. 2-2A ranked Andover.
Temperatures hovered about 15-below at puck drop, but after a sloppy first period in which the players learned how to better handle a bouncing puck, neither side seemed too terribly disturbed by the conditions of the outside game.
After Andover (16-1-1, 6-0-1) struck first on a short-handed goal by senior Nick Dainty, fed by Charlie Schoen, Minnetonka (17-0-1, 1-0-0) answered less than a minute later with a power-play goal by Will Crull to pull the Skippers even.
In the second period, Minnetonka took the lead with another power-play goal, this time from senior captain Grant Docter. The Skippers never trailed again.
Senior goaltender Charlie Glockner proved tough between the pipes for the Skippers, blocking 26 of 28 shots.
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