It seemed that Minnetonka and BSM have been on a collision course all season, and the Section 6AA championship game on Friday night between the 2 teams will decide who will go to the State Tournament. Back in mid-December, the Skippers beat the Red Knights 2-1 in overtime. There is a lot more on the line this time around.
Following Minnetonka's 6-1 win over Buffalo in the first semi-final, it was the Red Knights turn to take on a very determined Hopkins Royals squad. Hopkins played a conservative skating first period and outshot BSM 6-5. The Red Knights made the most of their best scoring opportunity as Kelly Pannek continued her hot goal scoring streak by beating the Hopkins netminder with just 2:14 remaining in the period. Two key plays would follow that would change the momentum of the game in BSM's favor. With just under a minute remaining in the first period and the Red Knights killing off a penalty, Tiana Press robbed the Hopkins forward on the doorstep to preserve the 1 goal BSM lead heading into the first intermission. With the score still 1-0 with just under 3 minutes remaining in the second period, Jordyn Burns took a pass from Brittany Wheeler and Caitlin Reilly to score a huge goal to put the Red Knights up 2-0 heading into the 3rd period. BSM added 2 more goals in the third period to seal the victory. Brittany Wheeler scored from Jordyn Burns and Sara Taffe, and Kelly Pannek added an empty net goal from Jordyn Burns. Tiana Press turned aside all 15 shots she faced and has now logged consecutive shutouts in the Section playoffs.
Parade Arena should be jumping on Friday night as the top ranked Skippers and #3 ranked Red Knights square off to determine who will move on to St. Paul.
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