Skipper boys skaters run the table
At the outset of the 2012-13 boys hockey season, Minnetonka High coach Brian Urick didn’t expect anyone to run the table in Lake Conference play.
The fact that the Skippers (8-0-0) did it is a source of pride for the program.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done.
“With the playoffs coming up, there isn’t a lot of time to celebrate,” said Urick. “I am really proud of the guys.”
The Skippers’ eight win of the conference season against Eden Prairie contained some suspenseful moments even though Tonka won 6-2.
“We had to battle back after Eden Prairie scored the first two goals of the game,” said Urick.
An unlikely hero emerged. Charlie Burton, a Skipper defenseman, scored his team’s first two goals.
“Those were Charlie’s first two varsity goals ever,” Urick noted.
With the score tied 2-2, the Skippers’ big guns took over.
Jack Ramsey scored to give Minnetonka the lead in the second period. Early in the third period, Tonka scoring leader Max Coatta gave the Skippers a 4-2 cushion.
“Max brings the same effort every night,” said Urick. “His goal was a highlight-reel goal.”
Coatta also netted Tonka’s sixth goal, and then Jack Kuehn’s goal finished it off.
Eden Prairie fired 32 shots on goal, so the Eagles weren’t exactly sitting around watching.
“We knew that Eden Prairie has a lot of speed and skill, up front and also on defense,” said Urick. “We had good performances from Jared Ridge and Charlie Huminski, who set the tone with their forechecking physical play. Our goalie, Jacob Berger, played well also.”