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Skippers, Panthers tied after five overtimes

  • February 23, 2013 - 3:52 PM

No. 1 seed and two-time defending Class 2A state champion Minnetonka battled No. 4 seed Lakeville North to a 3-3 tie through five overtime periods in Friday's second semifinal when this edition went to press.

It is the longest game in girls' state hockey history. Minnetonka was trying to become the first girls' hockey team to win three consecutive state tournament titles.

The previous longest game in girls' state tournament history featured Anoka against Elk River in the 2003 consolation bracket, going to five overtimes and lasting 108 minutes, 29 seconds.

Minnetonka broke the record with 54 shots on goal in a tournament game. Lakeville North goaltender Cassie Alexander set a record with 54 saves in the game.

Tied 3-3 after two periods, the game felt reminiscent of last year's semifinal matchup, which Minnetonka won in overtime.

Hannah Behounek tallied a power-play goal just 44 seconds into the second period, extending the Skippers' lead to 3-1.

Lakeville North fought back to tie the score 3-3 on two goals from Christi Vetter. She beat goaltender Sydney Rossman on the first goal as the puck hit Rossman's blocker and bounced up and over her into the goal.

On the second goal, Vetter redirected a shot from Alexis Joyce to score the power-play equalizer with less than one minute to go in the second period.

Minnetonka grabbed an early lead Friday as Diana Draayer scored just 29 seconds into the game. Teammate Sidney Morin bumped the lead to 2-0 with a goal at 12:44.

DAVID LA VAQUE

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