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True Identity

By Legacy Hockey staff, 03/07/23, 10:45PM CST


Edina's defense-first approach a cornerstone of coach Curt Giles' playbook

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Inside Scoop

The recent years of the Edina dynasty have been defined by high-flying offensive teams and enough talent to fill the lobby walls at Braemar Arena with championship memorabilia.

Fun hockey? Yes. Curt Giles hockey? Probably not.

The group of Hornets buzzing into St. Paul this week is right in the 24th-year Edina coach’s wheelhouse.

Edina (20-6-1) scores just 3.48 goals per game, has only four players with more than 20 points and was shut out five times during the regular season. But the Hornets have racked up 20 wins and bullied their way through the deep Section 6AA playoffs to emerge at the Xcel Energy Center.

“Good goaltending and good defense can take you a long way,” Giles said after leading his team to yet another Section 6AA title.

Should the Hornets put the clamps down at the Xcel Energy Center, they have as good a case as any to nab the big school crown.

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