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Girls hockey: Lightning win 2 of 3 to start season

Northern Lakes defenseman Ari LeMieur shoots near the blue line against Willmar Tuesday, Nov. 13. Dan Determan / Echo Journal1 / 3
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Lightning forward Caitlyn Gutzman fires off a wrist shot in the second period of the Lightning's game against Willmar Tuesday, Nov. 13. Dan Determan / Echo Journal3 / 3

Savannah Abear netted the winning goal that gave the Northern Lakes Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings in a non-conference match at the Hallett Center Friday, Nov. 16, to begin the season 2-1.

"It was an intense first week with three games," head coach Breanna Sheley said. "We had a tough game against Willmar on Tuesday and Thursday was not all that competitive. I didn't feel like the girls were overly taxed going into (Friday's game), which was good, and they played with a lot of energy and intensity. That was a fun game, and I was really pleased with their effort."

Abear's goal came 19 seconds into a power play stemming from two roughing penalties on the Wings that caused a lengthy delay in the game while emergency personnel attended to injured Lightning forward Alexa Holm.

The Wings struck first with a goal with 2:53 left in the first period, but Hayden Boelter countered for Northern Lakes with a score before the first intermission.

The Wings outshot the Lightning 22-13, but Northern Lakes goalie Kate Stephens held on for 21 saves, including 11 in the third period.

"It was a very positive start to the season," Sheley said.

Robbinsdale 1 0 0—1

Northern Lakes 1 0 1—2

First period: RAC-Paige Loidolt (Cara Cook, Hannah Schneider) 2:53; NL-Hayden Boelter (Alyssa Koslowski) 1:08

Third period: NL-Savannah Abear (Elli Saxerud, Boelter) ppg 12:31

Shots on goal: NL 13, RAC 22

Goalies: NL-Maddie Wahoske (21 saves); RAC-Batz (11 saves)

Overall: NL 2-1.

Lightning 12, Panthers 0

Caitlyn Gutzman had three goals and an assist while Abear, Boelter and Ari LeMieur each had two goals and two assists as the Lightning overwhelmed the Park Rapids Panthers in a 12-0 blowout on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The Lightning scored five goals in both the first and second periods.

Addy Schmidt had a goal and two assists in the game, while Riley Fogarty tallied a team-high three assists.

The Lightning allowed just five shots on goal in the game.

Park Rapids 0 0 0—0

Northern Lakes 5 5 2—12

Willmar 3, Northern Lakes 2

Abear and Caityn Gutzman scored third-period power play goals for the Northern Lakes Lightning who lost their season opener 3-2 to the Willmar Cardinals in a non-conference matchup Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Abear started the comeback for the Lightning scoring at 14:52 with assists from Gutzman and Alexa Holm.

Mya Monson's second goal of the night put Willmar back up by 2 before Gutzman tallied the final goal with four seconds remaining assisted by Michala Stangel and Hayden Boelter.

Northern Lakes had plenty of scoring chances as it outshot Willmar 38-18, but were only able to get two shots past Cardinal goalie Savana Knutson. Kate Stephens stopped 15 shots while tending the net for the Lightning.

Willmar 1 1 1—3

Northern Lakes 0 0 2—2

First period: W-Mya Monson (Bailey Olson) 10:29

Second period: W-Madison Garberding (Serena Monson) ppg 12:12

Third period: NL-Savannah Abear (Caitlyn Gutzman, Alexa Holm) ppg 14:35, W-Mya Monson ppg 15:29; NL-Gutzman (Michala Stangel, Hayden Boelter) ppg 16:56

Shots on goal: NL 38, W 18

Goalies: NL-Kate Stephens (15 saves); W-Savana Knutson (36 saves)

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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