Edina's Dylan Malmquist celebrates a second period goal with his Hornet teammates. Edina beat Wayzata 5-4 Saturday night in front of a "standing room only" crowd at the Plymouth Ice Center. Photo - Brian Nelson
Edina's Dylan Malmquist (20) scored two goals in the Hornets 5-4 victory against Wayzata. Photo-Brian Nelson
Wayzata appeared to be ready to seize control.
After a first period where theTrojans were outshot 8-2 and in a 1-0 hole, they stormed back and took a 3-2 lead against Edina.
In less than two minutes, Hornets' sophomore forward Dylan Malmquist took that all away.
Malmquist scored two goals in the closing minutes of the second period to help give No. 6-ranked Edina a 5-4 win against No. 1 Wayzata at the Plymouth Ice Center on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Malmquist tied the score at 3 when he corralled the puck along the boards in the Trojans zone and quickly made his way to the slot where he was able to hit the upper shelf with a wrist shot that beat Wayzata Aaron Dingmann.
"I just saw an opening in front and went right for it," Malmquist said. "When I got there I just had to go upper shelf."
When there was only 30 seconds left in the second period, Malmquist struck again and Edina regained the lead it once had.
Andy Jordahl had the puck and similar to a quarterback leading his receiver with a pass that hits them in stride, he did so in connecting with Malmquist.
"I saw his (Malmquist's) second goal and was just like "Wow!"," Hornets forward Connor Hurely. "We had a good look at it and it was a big one."
Malmquist's play has been indicative of his career as a whole.
Despite being one of the younger players for the Hornets the past two seasons, it is not something that Malmquist has let get out of hand.
Instead of gloating about being on one of the state's most recognizable varsity hockey teams, Malmquist has continued to be one of the hardest working players.
"You just know you are going to get a player that is going to work hard for you every game," Hornets coach Curt Giles said. "He did that again tonight and we saw what he can do."
When Malmquist does not have the puck he is just as beneficial to the Hornets.
He uses his speed and hockey sense to hound the opposition on the penalty kill by pressuring the puck carrier and forcing turnovers.
One second it appears that the Trojans would be ready to make an off-man rush or one final push on the power play, but Malmquist would be in the right spot to block a shot, intercept a pass or steal the puck away.
When he got the puck himself or was able to get it to one of his teammates, Malmquist quickly shifted gears to what he does best in the offensive zone.
Agains the Trojans he helped pour in five goals and sent Dingmann to the bench where he was replaced by Jens Vaughan Ahrens.
"He (Dingmann) is one of the toughest goalies that we will play against, so to get five on him and force them to switch goalies says a lot about what we can do," Malmquist said. "Right now we are playing good together and it's happening at the right time. I am just glad we won a big conference game in front of a huge crowd and hope it can continue."
Wayzata pulled Ahrens for an extra attacker in the final minute and had a a couple of quality shots on Edina goalie Willie Benjamin, but the senior netminder made the biggest saves when the Hornets needed them the most.
"It's the most exciting play in all of sports when you pull the goalie," Trojans' coach Pat O'Leary said. "We thought we did a really nice job when we pulled the goalie, obviously we would have liked to have scored, but in the end it was an exciting hockey game and I am sure it was fun for all the fans tonight."
Edina goalie Willie Benjamin only faced 19 shots on goal, but he made big saves when it mattered the most. Photo by Brian Nelson
Wayzata's Max Zimmer was surprisingly calm after scoring this second period goal. Later, he would add another that brought Wayzata within one goal late in the third. Photo - Brian Nelson
Willie Benjamin kept a close watch on this bouncing puck as Trojans and Hornets jostled for postion "up above". Photo - Brian Nelson
It was a hard fought win for Edina that included a lot of physical play. Edina's Parker Reno and Trojan Chase Haller "mix it up" along the boards. Photo - Brian Nelson
Dylan Malmquist scored two goals for No. 6-ranked Edina as the Hornets defeated No. 1 Wayazata 5-4 on Saturday, Jan.26 at the Plymouth Ice Center.
Tyler Nanne opened the scoring in the first period for the Hornets on a shot from outside the right circle that beat Trojans' goalie Aaron Dingmann.
Max Zimmer tied the score in the second with the first of his two goals and teammate Akash Batra gave Wayzata a brief 2-1 lead when he put away a rebound past Edina goalie Willie Benjamin.
Andy Jordahl tied the score with a power play goal just two minutes later.
Wayzata took the lead back when Chad Olson buried a power play goal right in front of the Hornets net on a pass from Jack Sorensen from behind the net.
Malmquist scored his first and tied the score when he took the puck from the half-boards, cut to the slot and ripped a wrist shot in the upper shelf.
With 30 seconds left in the second period, Malmquist struck again when he tipped in a pass from Andy Jordahl.
After Wayzata's Chandler Lindstrand's penalty expired, Edina's Ben Hull scored on wrist shot from the point that beat Dingmann's left pad.
Dingmann was relieved for Jens Vaughan Ahrens after Hull's goal.
Zimmer tallied his second on a wrist shot from a scrum in front of Edina's net.
Wayzata had its chances to pull even late in the third, but Benjamin came up with opportune saves to give the Hornets it second win over the Trojans this season.
Benjamin finished with 15 saves for Edina and Dingmann and Ahrens combined for 31 saves for the Trojans.
Edina improves to 15-4-0 and will remain in Lake Conference play to take on rival Eden Prairie on Thursday, Jan. 31.
Wayzata drops to 15-4-0 and will take to the road against Osseo on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
All eyes were on the puck as Wayzata had pulled their goalie in the final minute to try to tie the game. Photo - Brian Nelson
1. Dylan Malmquist, Edina
Malmquist continues to shine for the Hornets in their biggest games. The sophomore scored two goals, his first, a highlight-reel move from the right circle where he cut to the slot and fired a wrist shot in the upper shelf.
2. Max Zimmer, Wayzata
Another one of the young players on the ice that shined, Zimmer also scored two goals and assisted on one. The freshman found himself in the right spots at the right time. He tied the score in the second period and pulled the Trojans within one goal late in the third period.
Edina Hornet Tyler Nanne reacts in disappointment after missing from short range. Photo -Brian Nelson