The Hornets won the big-school title for the third time in five years with a dominating title game performance.
Call it an Edina-sty.
Already the most decorated program in boys’ hockey annals, Edina added a 12th state title (including the three Willard Ikola-coached Edina East teams) with a 8-2 dismantling of Lakeville North in Saturday’s Class 2A championship game.
The Hornets captured their third title in five years and became the first large school back-to-back champion since Bloomington Jefferson won three consecutive crowns from 1992-94.
A year after crushing Lakeville North 9-3 in the state tournament quarterfinals, Edina, with 12 new faces on the roster, announced its intent to stay on top. The Hornets played fast and physical, too much for a North team that battled through two consecutive overtime games, including Friday night’s two-overtime battle of attrition with Eden Prairie.
Both teams were ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season. The Hornets earned the tournament’s top seed, one spot ahead of Lakeville North. The Panthers’ rose to prominence thanks to a 18-0-1 run during the regular season. Meanwhile, Edina finished the season on a 13-0-1 surge its 2010 or 2013 championship teams could not match.
Edina grabbed a 3-2 lead after the first period, a relentless opening 17 minutes of intense play.
Tyler Nanne set up the first Edina goal, making a pass while falling into the Lakeville North zone and toppling a referee. Garrett Wait sent the puck to Casey Dornbach coming down the slot. Dornbach buried the puck for a 1-0 lead.
Pretty play gave way to extra-curricular rough stuff. A shoving sequence at 8:21 ended with a combined three roughing calls and one unsportsmanlike conduct.
Play settled as Lakeville North tied game 1-1 on Max Johnson’s goal. A rebound of Tristen Hazlett’s shot came out toward Johnson, who poked it home at 9:35.
The goal failed to rattle Edina. On the ensuing shift, Ben Foley restored a 2-1 Hornets’ lead.
Miguel Fidler extended the advantage to 3-1. He drew a North penalty and then administered the payback with a goal.
Battling back once again, Lakeville North cut its deficit to 3-2 on Johnson’s power-play goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first period.
Taking control of the game in the second period, Edina scored three unanswered goals. Fidler, a Star Tribune All-Metro first team selection, scored his second goal of the game at 5:36 of the second period on a slick back-and-forth passing sequence with Nanne. His goal gave Edina a 4-2 lead.
Parker Mishmash created a turnover, turned and fired the puck for a goal to make it 5-2. And Kieffer Bellows redirected a puck home for a 6-2 advantage.
Bellows added his second goal of the game in the third period.
The box score reflected the Hornets’ depth. All three forward lines contributed at least two goals.
Nanne drew a five-minute major penalty for boarding in the second period. Free to score as much as possible during the penalty, Lakeville North didn’t score once.
|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||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Minor||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||1|
|Cleveland||1||Top 6th Inning|
|Minnesota||4||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Texas||2||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Oakland - S. Gray||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|Detroit||23||4th Qtr 2:28|
|Indianapolis||7||4th Qtr 0:52|
|Kansas City||14||4th Qtr 8:14|
|NY Jets||7||4th Qtr 2:44|
|St. Louis||13||4th Qtr 2:45|
|Carolina||10||4th Qtr 12:29|
|New England||13||4th Qtr|
|Washington||17||4th Qtr 12:21|
|Baltimore||16||3rd Qtr 9:22|
|Chicago||13||3rd Qtr 11:15|
|Denver||17||3rd Qtr 10:35|
|Minnesota||16||3rd Qtr 6:27|
|San Francisco||17||3rd Qtr 9:04|
|(21) Texas A&M||52||FINAL|
|(9) So Carolina||28|
|Wake Forest||10||4th Qtr 9:24|
|Boise State||3||3rd Qtr 15:00|
|(18) Ole Miss||7|
|Weber State||9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|BYU||8/29/14 6:00 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|(8) Michigan State|
|Bowling Green||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Colorado State||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|UNLV||8/29/14 9:30 PM|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|California||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Marshall||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|Arkansas||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||8/30/14 4:30 PM|
|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||8/30/14 6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|North Texas||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8/30/14 8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|