Late in the second period of a non-conference boys hockey game Dec. 1, Maple Grove was still in the hunt against Edina, trailing 4-1.
But when the intermission ended, so did the Crimson’s chances. Edina pumped in four goals in the third period to win going away.
The 8-1 victory helped Edina maintain a clean slate with a 5-0-0 record.
“We had to skate shorthanded a few times, but we were never out of sorts,” said Edina head coach Curt Giles. “We got in a couple jams with a five-minute penalty and a 5-on-3 situation.
“Maple Grove is a physical team that moves the puck well. We have a lot of respect for them.”
Andy Jordahl was the No. 1 star for Edina with his first hat trick of the season.
“Andy was on a line with Dylan Malmquist and Connor Hurley last season, and might have been overshadowed at times,” said Giles. “The best thing about him is that he’s a smart player. He is centering another line this year and playing extremely well. Andy’s speed is deceptive.”
There was nothing deceptive about the way Edina’s No. 2 star, senior defenseman Parker Reno, played against Maple Grove. He distributed the puck well all night and finished with four assists.
“Parker makes so many good decisions,” said Giles. “He plays well in all situations.”
Hornet goaltender Willy Benjamin played well all night, but especially when the Crimson applied heavy pressure in the second period.
“Willy competes really hard,” said Giles. “He has matured this year and is in very good shape. His focus is excellent.”
Edina’s other scorers against Maple Grove were Hurley and Malmquist with two goals each and Ben Hull with one. Hurley and Matt Nelson each carded two assists.
The Hornets were scheduled to play Prior Lake Tuesday, Dec. 4, as this edition went to press.
“After that, we won’t play again for 16 days,” said Giles. “We will be able to get in a lot of practice time.”