Edina Cruises Past Cretin-Derham Hall in Memorable Night

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EDINA, MN — Frantic and memorable: The two most appropriate words fans, players, and coaches alike would use to summarize the Edina Hornets’ 7-3 win over the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders on Friday night at Braemar Arena in Edina, MN.

The Hornets, who came into the night ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A state coaches’ poll, came out flying as usual. Utilizing their speed and skill, they jumped out to a lead only 30 seconds after the puck drop as Mason Nevers, fresh off his No. 2 SportsCenter Highlight a week ago, scored off assists from Jett Jungels and Liam Malmquist.

Cretin-Derham Hall celebrating back to the bench after tying the game back up at 1-1. (Jack Kewitsch HockeyClan)

Yet it would not be a relaxing night for either team. The Raiders needed 52 more seconds to draw even off a Jack Nei goal and took a 2-1 lead only a minute later after a bouncing puck was unable to be corralled by Edina’s sophomore goaltender, Louden Hogg. Edina punched back off a beautiful no-look, behind the back pass from Brett Chorske in the neutral zone to Kevin Delaney who was on a 2-on-1 with Malmquist who would score his first of his hat trick goals of the evening.

The two teams would trade one more goal each, one from Cretin’s Chuck Altier and one from Edina’s Jett Jungels, to head into the first intermission at a head-scratching 3-3 deadlock.

The murmurs among the Edina faithful in attendance was that goaltending was going to be how they lost their first official game of the season, something which has been a common thread for Edina teams of the past. But Hogg stayed in there for the Hornets showing the faith head coach Curt Giles has in the newcomer as he settled down and did not have nearly the same onslaught, he saw in the first.

Cretin-Derham Hall takes a 2-1 lead vs. Edina. (Jack Kewitsch HockeyClan)

Giles stated after the game that he has “been very impressed and pleased” with his play and that Hogg’s last two starts have been big for his confidence moving into the new year and conference play.

Edina would tack on two more goals in a dominating second off Malmquist’s second goal of the night along with Nevers’s second on a power play to go up 5-3.

The game became absurdly memorable in the third as the old verbiage of put the puck on net and good things are bound to happen came into play as Grant Morton took a backhand pass in the corner and brought it up past the goal line and just put it on net and scored for the Hornet’s sixth goal.

Then came the shocker of the evening. While receiving a puck near the blue line of the offensive zone, Jungels got the puck off to a teammate and then was blindsided and upended by Cretin’s Robby Klein. Jungels’s skate hit a pane of glass and shattered it with only 3:40 remaining.

Fifteen minute intermission to clean and repair the glass? Makes complete sense! But while they were fixing it, the Braemar staff accidentally broke another pane around 10 minutes later. No one knew if they were going to call the game or what the plan was. I thought it was going to be called as the Hornets were comfortably ahead 6-3 with three minutes left and on the power play and were completely suffocating the Raiders on both ends of the ice.

That was until the Braemar staff, coaches and referees came to the agreement to move the remainder of the contest to Braemar’s much smaller capacity East Rink. Thankfully, the majority of those in attendance left after the glass broke.

It was a first for Edina Varsity team, as a game has never been played outside of the main rink in their decades of playing. The move wasn’t all for naught though as Malmquist would slot home his third goal of the game to net the hat trick.

Liam stated after the game that the plan was to, “move the puck quick, get pucks in deep, and work them down low,” to neutralize Cretin’s rising star in Matt Gleason and take advantage of their freshmen in net. He also said they just needed to, “stick to our defensive habits and shut them out the last two periods.”

Edina celebrates Jett Jungels’ game-tying goal in the first period. Edina came back to defeat Cretin-Derham Hall, 7-3, at Braemar Arena Friday night. (Jack Kewitsch/HockeyClan)

When speaking with Louden Hogg, he mentioned how this past week has been huge for his confidence even after a rough first period on Friday.

First period was a little shaky,” Hogg said, “but I just had to put it all together and it was tough but coaches talked to me and just said keep going and keep it simple and I think we did that as a team and finished strong.”

Edina goaltender Louden Hogg settled down after a hectic first period. (Jack Kewitsch HockeyClan)

Edina, which improves to 7-0-1, definitely has a lot going for them in net and on the ice, as is the case most seasons, and will look to carry the momentum of the holiday season into their game against No. 12 Moorhead (4-3-0) in the opener of the Holiday For Life Classic next weekend.

Cretin-Derham Hall (3-4) has positives showing as well, even if it has not shown in the box scores. They have a roster chalk full of sophomores and juniors along with their freshman goaltender, so should have strong base moving into the future including their upcoming matchup against Centennial.

Three Stars:

1. F – Liam Malmquist (Edina): 3 G, 3 A, 6 Pts
2. F – Mason Nevers (Edina): 2 G, 3 A, 5 Pts
3. G – Louden Hogg (Edina): 28 Saves, 3 GA, .903 SV%


Written by Jack Kewitsch / @Jack_Kewitsch

Special to HockeyClan



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