Let’s get some youth girls hockey going now that we have the first big tourney of the year in the books!
It was pretty clear early in pool play that there were two teams who were the ones to beat- Woodbury and Minnetonka.
Woodbury got off on the right foot with a 6-0 win over a young but good Andover team. Andover was coming off a 46-0 season but only returned one skater. In their second game Woodbury had to face one of the stronger teams in the whole state in Orono Westonka and beat them 4-1. In their third and final pool play game they took on Edina White and won 9-1. Woodbury has a very short bench and some high level talent. Emily Pohl led the way with 9 and 2 over 4 games.
Minnetonka steamrolled through pool play by outscoring opponents 24-0. They opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Blaine/Spring Lake Park. Second game was an 8-0 win over Wayzata and finally a 10-0 win over Edina Green. Kate Petrie and Katya Sander led the way with 7 points each. Karmynn Alexander had three shutouts in pool play.
The championship was set with Woodbury and Minnetonka coming out of their respective pools as the #1 seeds. Minnetonka held a first period lead of 2-0 with the goals coming from Annika Eggert and Ally Ryan. Ruby Lenk made the lead 3-0 early in the second before Woodbury got their first goal of the game from Briella Huebsch. Tonka’s Stella Bertogliat scored with just :40 left in the second to give Tonka the 4-1 lead after 2. Emily Pohl made it interesting by adding 2 third period goals to get Woodbury within 1. Tonka was able to hold on to get the victory and the championship.
The 12UA Division featured Minnetonka, Edina Green, Orono Westonka, and Stillwater. The combined record for these 4 teams coming into the tournament was 35-5-2. Minnetonka came into the tournament unbeaten and left unbeaten but was not in the championship due to two ties in pool play. Edina Green was 8-1 and added 4 Ws over the weekend to their record. Absent from the tournament were Andover, who has a young but very talented team where many of the current players were on the 46-0 10UA team from last year and Chaska/Chan who presently is 14-1-1.
Edina Green came out of Pool A as the #1 seed going 3-0 in pool play. They had victories over Eagan/IGH 6-0, Woodbury 7-2, and Stillwater 3-2.
Orono Westonka came out of Pool B with an 2-0-1 record. They had a very niice win over Lakeville 8-3. Beat Edina White 8-0 and tied Minnetonka 0-0.
The final shows Edina Green over Orono Westonks 5-1 but the official scoring summary shows 2-1 for Edina. The stats are a total mess at the 12UA level across the board so I don’t trust much of what I see unfortunately and cannot give proper credit to the girls that deserve it.
As in the 10s division there were two clear cut favorites as pool play progressed- Edina Green and Minnetonka Black.
Edina Green went 3-0 in pool play with wins over Blaine/SLP, OMG, and Eagan. Eliza Fraley and Eleanor Chapman led the way for Edina Green with 5 points each in those 3 games.
Minnetonka Black went 3-0 in pool play with wins over Woodbury, Edina White, and the Madison Capitals. Lillie Schaefer led the way for the Skippers with 3 and 1 in pool play.
This set up the Edina Green vs. Minnetonka Black championship. The game was tight for two periods as Edina Green held a 1-0 lead after two thanks to a first period goal from Jenna Sorenson. Edina’s Eleanor Chapman continued her scoring ways by adding two more goals for the Hornets to seal the 3-0 victory. Sarah Peterson had the shutout for Edina Green.
Congrats to the following Champions:
12UA- Edina Green
12UB- Minnetonka Black
15UA- Edina Green