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HDM2020 Preview: Academy of Holy Angels vs. Minneapolis

Hockey Day Weekend will begin with familiar opponents

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the four high school games in this year's festivities Jan. 16 and Jan. 18 in Minneapolis. Today, we take a look at the Academy of Holy Angels vs. Minneapolis High School matchup.

Academy of Holy Angels and Minneapolis High School will face off in a Metro West Conference game at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Parade Stadium in the first game of Hockey Day Weekend. 

Academy of Holy Angels is 7-11-0 this season, including 1-3 in conference play. Senior Bridget McGuire leads the team in goals and points, recording 16 goals and 27 points. Sophomore Ella Clow leads the team with 13 assists. They have been excellent while shorthanded this season, with a 90.0 penalty kill percentage. Sophomore goalie Celeste Rimstad has played in all 18 games and has recorded a 2.95 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage, with three shutouts. Academy of Holy Angels is coming into the game after a 4-1 conference loss against Benilde-St. Margaret's.

This will be the first of two matchups between Academy of Holy Angels and Minneapolis this season, with the second being the regular season finale for both teams. Academy of Holy Angels and Minneapolis split the season series last season, with Academy of Holy Angels winning the first game 2-1 at home, before falling 3-2 on the road.

Minneapolis is 9-9-2 on the season, with a 1-3 conference record. The team is averaging 3.80 goals per game, led by freshman Maddie Helmstetter. She leads the team in assists (15) and points (28), and is tied for first in the team in goals (13). Eighth-grader Audrey Garton is tied for the team-lead with 13 goals. In net, sophomore Molly Taylor has five shutouts on the season, while recording a 2.51 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage. After a two-game losing streak, Minneapolis rebounded in a 4-1 win over Moorhead on Saturday, Jan. 11, outshooting its opponent 49-14.

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