Monday night provided a first-time feeling for every player on the Monona Grove hockey roster. But as he stepped out of the postgame locker room, Zach Johnston’s thoughts turned quickly to the senior class.
“The seniors that are here never beat (Madison) Edgewood until now,” the junior forward said. “To honor them and notice what they’ve done for the program, it’s nice to do for us.”
Propelled by two goals from junior forward Travis Johnston and two assists from his twin brother, Zach, the Silver Eagles (12-8, 7-2) kept their hopes of sharing the Southern Badger Conference title alive with a 2-1 win over the first-place Crusaders (12-10, 7-1) at La Bahn Arena.
“We want to put ourselves in a position that, who knows what will happen?” Monona Grove coach Dave Kinsler said. “All you can do is take care of your business. They really wanted to leave a mark.”
The Johnston goals came 57 seconds apart, MG’s second-leading scorer beating Edgewood senior goaltender Connor Curliss on nearly identical setups to give the Silver Eagles a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
“It was just a hard forecheck and the puck kind of came out high,” Travis Johnston said. “I was just kind of hanging out front.”
Sophomore forward Jimmy Curliss netted the lone Crusaders goal near the midpoint of the second period.
Monona Grove senior goaltender Matt Zapp made 23 stops.
“It’s nuts,” Zapp said. “I’ve never won conference. We could do the unbelievable, you know? Just cross your fingers.”