Determining Edina's fastest player is an exercise in futility.
Hornets senior forward Jett Jungels says the honor could belong to defenseman Mike Vorlicky, or maybe fellow high-scoring forwards Liam Malmquist or Mason Nevers. Even Brett Chorske, the Hornets' 6-6 center, has dragstrip-worthy wheels according to Jungels.
"We're all fast," Jungels said Thursday after the No. 1-seeded and top-ranked Hornets outlasted Moorhead 4-2 in a Class 2A boys' hockey state quarterfinal.
The Spuds won't argue. They fell behind 1-0 in a blink of an eye, as Jungels — yet another speed demon — opened the scoring 57 seconds into the first period on a burst to the net.
Nevers made it 2-0 by the end of the first period, again exploiting Edina's edge in speed on a power play.
When Moorhead players weren't grasping at air, they were clutching, grabbing and using any other means necessary to apply the brakes to Edina (25-2-1). The Spuds (21-7-1) took five penalties to the Hornets' two.
"What led to the penalties? Their guys are really fast," Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said, "and we tried to slow them down. Sometimes within the rules. I don't know what to tell you."
Malmquist's 24th goal of the season gave Edina a 3-1 cushion early in the third. Moorhead's Nolan Westra scored to make it 3-2 in the closing minutes. An empty-net goal by Kevin Delaney clinched the victory.
"Delaney?" Jungels said. "Yeah. He's fast, too."