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Sophomore's hat trick powers Edina past Elk River/Zimmerman

By Legacy Hockey staff, 03/07/24, 6:45PM CST


State Class 2A quarterfinal: Casey Vandertop scores three goals in second period as No. 1 seed Hornets advance to semis

Edina's Casey Vandertop takes a face-off against Elk River's Braden Hansberger during Thursday's Class 2A state quarterfinal. Vandertop notched a hat trick in the Hornets' 6-2 victory. Photo by Jeff Lawler,

Quick Recap

Casey Vandertop scored three goals in a span of 8:06 in the second period as No. 1 seed Edina earned a 6-2 victory over unseeded Elk River/Zimmerman on Thursday in a state Class 2A quarterfinal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Vandertop’s goals gave the Hornets leads of 2-0, 4-0 and 6-0. John Halverson and Mason West scored goals that sandwiched between Vandertop’s. The three goals were his 10th, 11th and 12th of the season and ended a four-game goal-less drought. 

Last season Vandertop helped lead Edina’s Bantam AA team to a state championship.

Daniel Babcock scored Elk River/Zimmerman’s lone goal with 2:13 left in the second and the Elks’ Kole Mears scored the lone goal of the third.

Freshman Freddie Schneider, also a star on last season’s Hornets’ Bantam AA team, scored the lone goal of the first period. Schneider banged home a rebound 3:19 into the opening period for his 12th goal of the season.

No. 3-2A Edina (24-4-1) scored again late in the opening period but the play went to video review and the goal was disallowed because it was ruled offside.

No. 3-2A Edina outshot Elk River/Zimmerman (18-10-1) 10-3 in the opening period and held a 21-6 advantage through two periods.

Edina beat the Elks 4-0 on Dec. 15 in the teams’ lone regular season meeting.

Key Moment

Casey Vandertop’s second goal of the second period put Edina comfortably ahead at 4-0. The goal was the third in less than 3 minutes for the Hornets.


By The Numbers

3:48 - That's how long it took Edina to score three goals and extend its lead from 1-0 to 4-0 when Casey Vandertop scored the second of his three goals.

2:07 - The amount of time it took Stu Anderson of St. Paul Johnson to score three goals against South St. Paul in 1954, a state tournament record. Vandertop needed 8:06 to score his three.

3 - Number of goals by Vandertop, who scored one goal in nine different games in the regular season.

3, part 2 - Elk River/Zimmerman recorded three shots in both the first and second periods as Edina broke out to a 6-1 lead.

They Said It

We don't see that as being an important thing for us this year at the state tournament. We're more focused on winning than all that other stuff.

- Edina defenseman Barrett Dexheimer on Edina's relatively tame hairstyles and goal celebrations in comparison to many of the teams in the Tourney

Edina’s Freddie Schneider celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game in the Class 2A state quarterfinals against Elk River/Zimmerman. Photo by Jeff Lawler,

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