Edina Celebrates their 14th state title.

The Edina Hornets hoist the state title for the 14th time in program history

The stage was set…Class AA State Championship Saturday is here and gone. Edina looks for their 14th title while Chanhassen looks for their first in their first appearance. What more could you ask for on the final day of High School Hockey?

The Edina Hornets scored twice in the third period to claim their 14th State Championship Title after beating Chanhassen 2-1. 

The Hornets and Storm are both teams who can score in a hurry, but they’re also teams who are defensively sound and can shut down opponents’ best players, well that’s why they’re both here. The opening period was exactly that, two teams battling for possession and scoring, but neither found any. Joe Bertram and Kam Hendrickson duked it out for 20 minutes and kept the score 0-0 on nine shots each. 

Hendrickson showed why he is up for a Brimsek Award. The senior goalie made a key glove save on a Jackson Nevers breakaway, and just moments later the momentum shifted. It took most of the second period and 20 shots but the game found its first goal. At the 14:21 mark of the middle frame, Tyler Smith netted his 14th goal of the season and third of the tournament to give the Storm their first-ever title game lead. The Storm took control in the second period and held onto the 1-0 lead. 

Tyler Smith had some words with an Edina forward after playing in front of the net.

The Hornets high powered offense finally got on the board in the third period when Robbie Hoch fired the puck in from the point, finding its way behind Hendrickson, the Hornets tied the game at 1-1. Edina struck again when Robbie Hoch scored on a shot from the point, the Hornets were five minutes away from greatness. 

With 20,000 fans standing and cheering on the two teams, Joe Bertram and Edina tamed a surge from the storm in the final minute to win their 14th State Tournament title 2-1 against Chanhassen. Bertram faced a flurry of shots in the dying seconds but remained calm and stood tall. 

“I was feeling some tension of course, but I was also just having fun and playing my game. I was playing the same I do at Braemar,” said Senior goalie Bertram. 

Bertram was a rock in the net for the Hornets in the dying seconds of the game.

Bertram and his teammates all remained calm when the Storm were firing the puck on the net, but on the bench, it was a different story. 

“How could I stay calm in that moment, I see a loose puck by the net and nobody is going after it right away or a shot that looks like it’s in. The last few seconds felt like an eternity to me, but these guys stayed cool and played their game,” said Head Coach Curt Giles. 

Curt Giles ends his historic season with a State Championship title. Caleb Pittsley and Giles have a moment.

The Chanhassen Storm played the best season the program has ever seen, beating the top team in the state to get to the state rather than getting to the championship game. After the loss, several Storm players gathered together and watched as Edina celebrated. 

“We wanted to just take in the moment, not everybody gets to experience what we have. We just wanted to soak every second left we have in these jerseys and with each other,” said Senior Forward Gavin Uhlenkamp. 

 

The Storm battled until the very end, and they knew they gave it their all. 

“These guys have so much to be proud of, they earned everything they accomplished this year. I’m so proud of how they competed all game,” said Head Coach Sean Bloomfield. 

The Edina Hornets won their 14th title, but for Jackson Nevers, this one felt more special. 

“I’ve thought about our loss last year in the title game to Minnetonka every day since, and my only goal was to take it home this year,” said Nevers. 

Jackson Nevers takes a moment with his team after the game.