Edina Squeaks out 6-5 Victory over Moorhead in Hockey for Life Holiday Classic

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PRIOR LAKE, MN — Edina up two. Tied. Moorhead up one. Tied. Edina up one. Tied. Moorhead up one. Tied. That was the back-and-forth script between the second-ranked Edina Hornets and their opponent, the #12 Moorhead Spuds, in the Hockey for Life Holiday Classic at Dakotah Ice Arena in Prior Lake, MN.

That was the storyline for the two Minnesota blueblood programs Thursday night in “The State of Hockey” and when the ice chips settled, Brett Chorske’s goal, with 4:26 remaining in regulation, proved decisive as the Hornets squeaked out a 6-5 victory over a reslient Spuds squad.

Liam Malmquist had a hat trick and Chorske scored twice for Edina, which survived the scare to remain undefeated at 8-0-1.

It initially looked like it was going to be a Hornet blowout as Edina went up 2-0 midway through the first off Malmquist’s first goal and a Jett Jungels tap in. But the Spuds did what they’re are often known for. Being pesky, physical, and determined.

It took Moorhead less than 25 seconds to tie the game immediately back up with goals from Kyler Kleven and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe to make it 2-2 at the end of one period of play.

“Every time Moorhead comes down here we know we’re in for a tough game so we expected it,” Edina coach Curt Giles said. “The kids responded a little bit late in the game, but we squeaked our the win.”

It would continue to be the Spuds’ show heading into the second as they sniped one past Hornet sophomore goalie Louden Hogg for a 3-2 lead with 11:23 left in the second. But Malmquist would add his second goal on another beautiful shot that went bar down three minutes later to tie the game back up, 3-3.

Malquist wasn’t finished and put Edina back in front, 4-3, a minute later to record his second hat trick in as many games.

The goaltending situation for both teams was interesting, to say the least. For Edina, it meant continuing to see their guy in net face few shots but letting in more goals than expected. Meanwhile, for Moorhead it meant Hudson Hodges playing out of his mind with 32 saves.

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When asked about his goaltending situation, Giles was quick to deflect the question to his goalie coach Josh Harding.

“We don’t talk much to the goaltenders — that’s Josh’s job to know where he’s at,” Giles said. “I just want him comfortable and to just settle down and make decisions. They think they have to get involved and do a little bit too much instead of just stopping the puck.”

But ultimately Giles placed his faith in Hogg.

“He’s a good goaltender, he’ll be fine,” Giles said.

Moorhead would knot the game back up at four and soon after took its second lead of the game, 5-4, after Edina’s Mason Reiners and Grant Morton took interference and tripping calls, respectively, in short order to give the Spuds a 5-on-3 man-advantage with a little more than 13 minutes left in regulation.

But Edina found its hero when it needed him most, and it came from an unexpected source.

Chorske would end up scoring twice in a span of three minutes, tying the game back up for the fourth time with just under seven minutes remaining before delivering the game-winner with 4:26 on the clock, a lead the Hornets would not relinquish.

Edina will face one of the toughest teams in state in #11 St. Thomas Academy (6-2-1) in the Hockey for Life Classic on Friday.

Moorhead will also fave another tough challenger on Friday in #6 Eden Prairie (6-3-1) in the Hockey for Life Classic.

Three Stars:

  1. F – Liam Malmquist (Edina) – 3 G, 1 A, 4 Pts
  2. G – Hudson Hodges (Moorhead) – 32 Saves, 6 GA, .842 SV%
  3. F – Brett Chorske (Edina) – 2 G

 

 

Written by Jack Kewitsch / @Jack_Kewitsch

Special to HockeyClan

 

 

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