Minnetonka girls' hockey roars back on Benilde

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 11:35 PM

The Skippers rallied from 2-0 down to make state.

hide

Benilde-St. Margaret's forward Anne Arnason found herself alone in front of the Minnetonka net.

Photo: Mark Vancleave, Special To The Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Minnetonka forward Laura Bowman sensed her teammates' hopes were fading as the Skippers trailed by two goals to top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's in the third period of Friday's Class 2A, Section 6 championship game at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.

Then the second-ranked Skippers, blanked for most of the game, got a goal.

And another to tie.

And a third to take a lead.

Three goals in a four-minute span gave Minnetonka a stirring 3-2 victory and preserved its push toward a third consecutive state championship.

"This was the first time we've been down by two goals and we were losing a little faith," said Bowman, whose goal with less than three minutes to play held up as the game-winner. "As soon as we got the first goal, it gave us so much energy and spirit. This team can do some amazing things."

The Red Knights (25-3) seemed poised to capture their first section title since 2008. Caitlin Reilly gave the Red Knights a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal just 1 minute and 42 seconds into the third period. Reilly went to the backhand and swept a rebound of teammate Liv Halvorson's shot past goalie Sydney Rossman.

Junior forward Kelly Pannek had put Benilde-St. Margaret's ahead 1-0 in the first period. Collecting the puck along the boards at the Red Knights' blue line, Pannek breezed into the Skippers' end and put a puck over Rossman's glove at 6:18.

Minnetonka, which failed to convert on any of its three power plays in the second period, found the mark twice in the final minutes. Hannah Behounek's first goal and Bowman's game-winner were scored with a man advantage.

"I really thought this was our year, but it really fell apart at the end," Red Knights coach Dave Herbst said. "I was a little surprised they called a couple of those penalties in a tight game.

"But it's probably our fault, too, for taking them. You can't give this team power plays all night."

It was a lesson that cost the Red Knights dearly.

"It was a little tighter than we planned to make it," said Amy Petersen, who tied the score with her goal. "They wanted it just as bad as we did, but we got the bounces."

  • GIRLS' HOCKEY, SECTION 6 FINAL MINNETONKA 3, BENILDE-ST. MARGARET'S 2

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 5
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 11 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 5
Texas - LP: R. Mendez 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 4
Oakland - LP: R. Cook 3 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: F. Salas 4
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Gophers in their season opener

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close