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Spirit of Duluth: Championship Sunday

By Peter Odney , 12/02/18, 4:45PM CST


Edina sweeps boh BAA and PWAA titles in Duluth.

Jackson Nevers (18) scores for Edina PWAA in Sunday's win over Osseo-Maple Grove.

BAA: Edina 6, Wayzata 3

Down 3-1 going into the third period, Edina erupted for five goals, overwhelming Wayzata for 17 minutes en route to a 6-3 win over the Trojans. 

The nine combined goals seemed like a far-off dream in the opening period, with both teams content to pass the puck amongst themselves instead of shooting. Cashen Naeve scored the lone goal of the period to give Wayzata a 1-0 lead at the break. 

Riley Spindler scored for Edina to tie the game at 1-1, but constant offensive zone pressure and hard-nosed play around the Edina net enabled Wayzata to score twice in the period’s final four minutes. Andrew Streeter banged in a loose puck for the Trojans’ second goal, while Stepan Kuznetsov tapped in a backdoor feed from Streeter to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead after two. 

Prescot Sexton pulled Edina within one early in the third, and A.J. Doll tied the game 5:49 to play in regulation. Caden Morgan launched the eventual game-winner from between the top of the face-off circle and the blue line, and Morgan’s shot knifed through several pairs of skates and found the back of the net.

Ryan Andor would add a couple of empty-net tallies to ice the win for the Hornets. Doll finished as the game’s high-scorer with a goal and three assists. 

Riley Spindler scores for Edina BAA on Sunday.

PWAA: Edina 5, Osseo-Maple Grove 0

The Peewee AA championship game was a clinic in binge-scoring, as Edina rattled off three goals in rapid succession during the second period to defeat Osseo-Maple Grove 5-0 in the final game of the Spirit of Duluth. 

Goals from Eddie Revenig and Bobby Cowan gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in the first period, with goaltender Landon Palmgren turning away just a handful of shots. The Hornets’ real damage began just over three minutes into the second period, as Cowan scored on a beautiful backhand attempt and Jackson Nevers buried a shot from the slot to extend the lead to 4-0. Cowan’s hat-trick completion brought the score to its final 5-0 mark midway through the second frame. 

The third stanza passed by mercifully, as Edina completed the Spirit of Duluth sweep. Palmgren finished with 17 saves to earn the shutout for the Hornets.  

Edina PWAA, Spirit of Duluth champions.

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