Breck goaltender Sean Reiling comes up with a stop on a scoring chance by Totino-Grace forward Jack Gray during the first period Saturday afternoon at Anderson Ice Arena. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Totino-Grace seniors Caleb Meehan (15) and Jake Wacek (14) celebrate Meehan's second goal of the first period Saturday in Golden Valley. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
It’s shaping up to be a watershed season at Totino-Grace.
An electric vibe radiates within the school, and within the program. And outside, people might have no choice but to at starting to look at Totino-Grace and hockey with new eyes.
After struggling to earn nine wins last year, these Eagles (17-7, 11-1), who returned all but one of their top-15 scorers from last year’s team, have eight more total wins, captured the Northwest Suburban West Conference title, and closed down the regular season on Saturday at Breck with a 5-1 victory.
It was a solid finish to an eventful week that began with the program announcing it has elected to make the jump from Class 1A, and compete in the larger-school Class 2A starting next season.
“We had a lot of things go right today,” said Eagles coach Adam Sharratt. “We stayed out of the box and we played well 5-on-5, and John Howe was really on his game tonight.”
Totino-Grace started fast and finished strong, working its way past Breck 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Breck School Anderson Ice Arena in Golden Valley.
The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, used an aggressive forecheck and smooth transition to overwhelm the Mustangs, despite being outshot 31-23 for the game.
Totino-Grace (17-7, 11-1) opened the scoring less than four minutes into the first period when junior forward Kyle Heffron buried a low-angle shot from a patch of ice between the bottom of the circle and the goal line.
After Breck’s Hudson Haecker answered 30 seconds later to tie it 1-1, the Mustangs reclaimed the lead with a pair of goals by senior forward Caleb Meehan before the first period ended. Meehan added an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining to notch the hat trick.
Totino-Grace added another score early in the second period when Ben Palmer buried a wrist shot from the high slot, and the Mustangs (12-13, 5-3) never threatened the rest of the way.
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