Edina Escapes Blaine, 2-0

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of the most talented teams in Minnesota AA hockey met in the Schwan's Cup at Ridder Arena when Blaine and Edina squared off. Edina won the close game 2-0 but both teams showed promise heading into the conference schedule.

Blaine got the better of Edina early, jumping out to an early lead in shots. Future Gopher Michael Brodzinski also had a nice chance with a shot off the post. Despite an early powerplay, the Bengals were unable to get on the board.

Edina capitalized on the scoreless game with a goal at Tim Spicola on the rebound, sneaking it by Blaine goalie Nick Malvin. The first period remained heated but stayed 1-0 in favor of Edina.

The Bengals were hurt in the second by two penalties, giving Edina four minutes of time with the extra man. The Hornets had numerous chances but Malvin came up big, keeping Blaine in a 1-0 game after the second.

The team the was going to win this game needed a lucky bounce and that's just what happened when Louie Nanne tipped in a shot from the point at 10:36 of the third to seal the victory for the Hornets. Blaine put up a valiant fight, outshooting Edina in the third period, but fell short in the end.

Player of the game: Not often does the losing goaltender gain recognize from Malvin was more than impressive on the night. He made 34 saves while only allowing two goals, shutting down the dangerous Hornets for much of the game.

Stat of the game: The difference in the game was the Hornets only committed two penalties while Blaine found themselves in the box four times. Edina capitalized on one of their extra man opportunities, helping to lead to the victory.

What did we learn: The hard-fought victory for Edina demonstrated that both the Hornets, as well as Blaine, are tournament-caliber teams. Blaine will likely have the tougher road in sections where they could face on of the top teams in the state, Maple Grove.

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