They did it.
The Minnetonka High School girls hockey team has won three state titles in three years, a first in Minnesota hockey.
The Skippers beat Hill-Murray in the championship game Saturday night, 3-1.
Here's a game recap, according to the Minnesota State High School League:
The top-seeded Minnetonka Skippers defended their title capturing their third consecutive championship defeating Hill-Murray 3-1 in the Class AA top game of the year. Minnetonka scored a goal in each period of the game. Senior forwards Darby Flatley netted the first goal at 2:56 of the first period, Amy Peterson hit the back of the net with her second period goal and Laura Bowman scored the insurance goal in the third period. Sophomore forward Jessica Bonfe scored the lone Hill-Murray goal. Minnetonka senior goalie Sydney Rossman recorded 17 saves. Hill-Murray senior goaltender Alexys Woodward had 25 saves in the game.
On Friday night, the Skippers had already cemented their place in state history .
It was the longest game in state tournament hockey play (for boys or girls), begining Friday at 8:48 p.m. and ending Saturday at 1:02 a.m. (total time of 4:14).
Sidney Morin, Sydney Baldwin, Amy Petersen, Laura Bowman and Sydney Rossman were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Skippers were the two-time defending state champions (2011 and 2012) and were top-ranked entering the tournament. They beat Roseville last year in the championship game and Edina in 2011.
We’ve seen their power on the ice, but few fans get to see their prowess in the classroom, according to the Minnetonka School District. The team is as smart and hard-working in the classroom as they are on the ice.
Minnetonka High School coaches submitted their team GPA for MSHSL Academic Achievement awards in January. The team average GPA: 3.70 unweighted; 3.79 weighted. Eight of the 18 athletes have above a 4.0 weighted GPA (weighted grades are for AP and IB classes). All players have a 3.0 or better.
Five of the seniors have signed letters of intent to play hockey in college, and two juniors are already D1 recruits.
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