28 November 2010

Girls Hockey: North wins battle of section rivals 4-2

Betsy Anderson
Scored first goal of the season against the Panthers

Section 1AA rival Lakeville North overcame an early Farmington lead to post a 4-2 non-conference win over the Tigers Saturday, Nov. 27, at Ames Arena in Lakeville.
The win was the second in as many starts for North; the loss dropped Farmington to 2-3.
"We played a good first period," coach Jon Holmes said. "We had some hustle and sense of urgency in our stride.
"But we came out in the second and third like a totally different team. We somehow and some way lost all of the small battles and we were surrounding our own net like bees around a hive."
The Tigers started on a positive note, limiting the Panthers to just three shots in the opening period and taking a 1-0 lead into the second frame on Krystal Baumann's power play goal. Hannah Alexander assisted on Baumann's score, her 11th goal of the young season.
The Panthers came out more aggressively at the start of the second period and from then until the final horn peppered Farmington goalie Jessica Erchul with shots. North outshot its guests by a lopsided 39-10 over the final 34 minutes.
Erchul kept the shutout alive until five minutes into the second when Hedi Winiecki and Ashley Kloncz scored within a three-minute span to give the Panthers their first lead.
Tiger defender Betsy Anderson netted her first goal of the season in the period's final minute to send the teams to the second break knotted at 2-2.
North's offensive barrage continued in the third period where Kloncz and Alexis Joyce netted goals to account for the difference in the game.
Erchul finished the contest with 38 saves in the losing effort. Through five games Farmington has allowed the opposition an average of 31.4 shots a game.
The Tigers, 1-0 in the Missota Conference, jump back into league play Tuesday, Nov. 30, against Red Wing at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
"We have to become engaged for a full three periods," Holmes said. "One good thing is that it's better to have these issues early in the season rather than later."