Kyle Kukkonen looks for an open man in front of Edina’s net in the second period at the Turkey Trot Title Game Saturday night. (Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine)
The Turkey Trot tournament is billed as an early-season gathering of some of the state’s top hockey teams.
Edina entered the field ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A state coaches’ preseason poll, coming off a third-place performance at state last season. Maple Grove came in with a roster made up half of underclassmen and off a season where the Crimson finished a game over .500.
Edina’s probably still one of the top teams in the state. And after Maple Grove earned what’s officially a 3-3 tie, but ended with a shootout win for the Turkey Trot title, maybe the Crimson can work their way into that discussion, too….