Otters ground Flying WarriorsPublished 8:58am Monday, November 19, 2012
After dropping the previous two contests, the Fergus Falls girls hockey team came out strong and never looked back as they defeated the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors 6-3 Saturday.
The Otters, playing for the fourth straight time in front of their home crowd, came out ready to play as Lauren Norgren lit the lamp on an unassisted goal early in the first period.
Annie Magnusson would follow less than five minutes later with a second goal for Fergus and Stephanie Kolstad would add a third goal on a power play late in the period to give the Otters an early 3-0 lead.
Fergus would continue to stretch their lead as Hannah Baker knocked in her first goal of the season as she snuck in a rebound while the Brainerd skaters were confused. The Flying Warriors would get on the board with 3:49 remaining in the period as Emily Stark notched an unassisted goal.
Both teams entered the final period with goals, the Otters looked to hold onto the lead and Brainerd looked to add to the momentum shift at the end of the previous period.
Fergus would strike first as Norgren added her second unassisted goal of the game early in the period.
Brainerd would threaten midway through as Paige Oakley found the back of the Otter net and C.J. Kenall would find it again with four minutes to play.
The Otters would put the game out of reach as Kolstad tallied her second goal of the evening with 1:09 to play.
“The girls came out ready to compete today and it was great to get three first period goals,” Otter coach Matt Koalska said. “We focused on some offensive options and passing in practice and it seemed to help today as they seemed confident and comfortable.”
The Otters’ Jordie Salwei turned away 18 shots on goal, while fellow netminder Katie Shelstad had three saves.
Brainerd’s Kayli Scammahorn had 12 saves in the loss.
The Otters will now host a Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Fergus Falls JV team will hit the ice at 2:30 p.m. against, while the Otter varsity will skate at 7 p.m., both teams will play Minneapolis Novas.