Hopkins skaters tie Wayzata Trojans
Hopkins High assured itself third place in Lake Conference girls hockey by tying Wayzata 4-4 Jan. 25.
It was an exciting game to end conference play for the Royals, who finished behind Minnetonka and Eden Prairie in the Lake standings.
“Wayzata always comes to play … and they play hard,” said Hopkins head coach Vin Paolucci. “Kaitlyn Klein [Wayzata’s leading scorer] is obviously a very good player, but it’s also a very balanced team with players like Rebecca Senden and Kaycie Palesch and their goalie, McKenna Lorenz.”
No player on either side had more than one goal in the 4-4 tie. Grace Bizal, Jillaine DeYoung, Kylie Hanley and Nina Rodgers scored for Hopkins while Senden, Allison Kirk, Carly Noble and Ellen Rethwitsch found the back of the net for Wayzata.
The No. 1 star of the game for Hopkins was sophomore forward Corbin Boyd, who had assists on all four Royal goals.
“Corbin is like another coach on the ice,” said Paolucci. “Her hockey IQ is off the charts, and she is much more aggressive this year. She dominates when she has the puck. I wouldn’t trade her for anybody because she plays all four corners of the rink. It will be interesting to see how good she’ll become. She’s good now and has the potential to be great.”
Boyd has led the Royals to a 15-6-2 record.