Sunday, February 24, 2013
Girls hockey: Tonka wins third-straight state title
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press
St. Paul, Minn.
|Minnetonka players rush goaltender Sydney Rossman after their 3-1 win over Hill-Murray to claim their third consecutive Class 2A championship Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. (Sherri LaRose-Chiglo/Pioneer Press)|
Score one for the indefatigable resiliency of youth.
The Minnetonka girls hockey team easily could have been out of gas, sapped of strength and drained of emotion when it played Hill-Murray on Saturday, Feb. 23, for the Minnesota Class 2A championship. After all, less than 18 hours earlier, the Skippers had finished a four hour, six-overtime semifinal victory over Lakeville North just to earn a chance at winning their record third consecutive championship.
But finding their legs and their spirit in the title game never became an issue.
Minnetonka controlled play throughout, sailing from end to end with a productive offense and pressure defense that paved the way to a 3-1 victory in the big-school championship game.
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