Minnetonka Upsets Duluth East

MINNETONKA (Minn.) – After the Skippers of Minnetonka got beat by Duluth East earlier in the season, they have been looking to avenge their loss against the top team in the state. They did just that on Saturday with a convincing win over the Greyhounds on Hockey Day Minnesota by a score of 9-3.

The scoring began early in the game with a goal by Minnetonka's Erik Baskin at 5:43 of the first. Duluth East star Jake Randolph knotted the score at one with a tally at 6:20. The Skippers added two more goals in the period and headed to the locker room up 3-1 despite being outshot 10-9.

A checking from behind call on Duluth East led to a powerplay goal by Max Coatta just 1:27 into the second, giving the Skippers a 4-1 lead. Coatta added another goal in the period but was later called for interference which led to a Dom Toninato goal at 16:44.

Despite a third period goal by Randolph for the Greyhounds, he Skippers scored four times in the final frame, winning the important game 9-3.

Player of the game: Two Minnetonka players shared the honor of being the player of the game Saturday. Forward Max Coatta tallied four goals and an assists while future Gopher Vinni Lettieri had four assists and a goal.

Stat of the game: The most interesting stat of the game was the fact that Duluth East outshot the Skippers 36-30. Minnetonka got the better of the scoring chances, capitalizing on 30 percent of their shots on net.

What we learned: After trouncing Minnetonka in the first meeting 6-2, it looked like Duluth East was unbeatable. Saturday's game showed that Minnesota high school hockey is anything but predictable. The Skippers launched themselves into the top ranked team in AA while giving the team a confidence boost heading into the latter part of the season.

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