Minnetonka 12A raises the Danglefest trophy after pulling away from Edina for a 5-2 win on Monday morning.
As Minnetonka's Kateryna Sander raced down the Bloomington Ice Garden ice, the game between her Skippers and District 6 foe Edina shifted squarely to the Minnetonka side.
Sander outraced an almost surefire icing call, scooped the puck, and rifled a shot into the upper corner of the net to give the Skippers a 3-2 late in the third period of Monday's Danglefest 12A championship, sparking a Skipper run of three straight goals for a 5-2 title-game win.
Outside of Sander's hat trick, Minnetonka got goals from Ruby Lenk and Ellie Stewart in addition to an impressive performance by goaltender Peyton Nelson. Nelson, Sander, forward Ella Nonweiler, and defender Tess Martin were selected to the Danglegest 12A All-Tournament Team.
Scoring for Edina were Cate McCoy and Gina Russo. Forwards Lorelai Nelson and Russo earned all-tourney honors for the Hornets, as did defenders Audrey Davis.
Minnetonka goaltender Peyton Nelson was named to the Danglefest All-Tournament Team for her performance between the pipes.
Minnetonka, Danglefest 12A champions.
Minnetonka netted three goals in the first and third periods, sandwiching a one-goal second frame between the first and third stanzas for a 7-0 win over Mahtomedi in the 10A championship game, giving the Skippers 37 total goals for the tournament.
More impressive than Minnetonka's scoring output was its defense, as the Skippers posted five consecutive shutouts after allowing just one goal in their opening game of the Danglefest against Chaska/Chanhassen.
Brooke Kappeller and Lainey Lindsay scored twice in the win for Minnetonka, with single goals attributed to Marian Omann, Caroline Keepman, and Tatum Elvin. Lindsay and Keepman were all-tournament picks for the Skippers, and Omann was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after totaling six goals and eight points while playing outstanding defense.
Reese Unkelsbay and Taylor Miller took home all-tournament honors for the Zephyrs.
Minnetonka forward Caroline Keepman recorded thee goals and seven points during the tournament for the Skippers, and was named to the Danglefest All-Tournament Team.
Minnetonka, Danglefest 10A champions.