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Published February 26, 2011, 11:15 PM

MN STATE GIRLS HOCKEY: 2A Title Goes to Minnetonka

Minnetonka's coach was elated — and relieved — when Amy Peterson scored the go-ahead goal with 39.7 seconds left in the Skippers' 3-2 win over Edina in the Class 2A girl's hockey championship game Saturday night.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnetonka's coach was elated — and relieved — when Amy Peterson scored the go-ahead goal with 39.7 seconds left in the Skippers' 3-2 win over Edina in the Class 2A girl's hockey championship game Saturday night.

"I was expecting overtime, the way that our teams were playing, maybe late into the night," coach Eric Johnson said shortly after his team took home the state title in St. Paul.

Peterson all but ended that trepidation with her second goal of the night, gathering in a loose puck in front of the net, turning and flipping it past Edina goaltender Maddie Dahl on her glove side. That sent the Skippers and the school's student body into a frenzy.

"I took a quick look to see that she was down, then flipped it up high," Peterson said. "It was amazing to score."

The Skippers won the state title in their first-ever tournament appearance. Edina has now lost in the tournament championship game two years in a row and is still searching for its first championship.

The game got off to a rollicking start, with both teams scoring twice in the first period. Minnetonka (29-1-1) broke out on top of a power play goal by Peterson, but Edina struck back with goals 25 seconds apart by Christine Brauer and Lizzie Otten.

Courtney McDougal tied it for the Skippers with her first goal of the season. From then on, both teams came up with solid defense before the thrilling finish.

Julie Friend made 20 saves for the Skippers, while Dahl stopped 21 shots. Minnetonka's goals were the only three scores allowed by Dahl during the tournament.

"Everyone is disappointed," said Edina's Sami Reber. "Both teams battled, in and out the entire game. It was going to come down to one goal sooner or later."

Peterson's game-winner gave Minnetonka their second win of the season over the Hornets. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie in their first meeting, with the Skippers taking the second by a 1-0 score.

Minnetonka's only loss of the season was as 6-1 setback to private academy Shattuck-Saint Mary's 6-1 in December.

Edina (26-4-1) was in its third straight state tournament, last year losing 4-0 to Roseville in the final.

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