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Otter girls hang on

Published 7:39am Monday, December 2, 2013 Updated 11:40am Monday, December 2, 2013

Four goals from four different players helped the Fergus Falls girls hockey team fight off a third period surge by the Henry Sibley Warriors in the opening round of the Thanksgiving Classic Friday night. The Otters won the game 4-3.

The Otters jumped to an early lead in the first period when senior Lauren Norgren put in an unassisted goal eight minutes into the game. Megan Odland scored another goal just before the period ended off an assist from Norgren.

After each team held the other scoreless for half of the second period, the Warriors put in its first goal of the night when Alexa Wild found the net with the assistance of Ashley Linarte and Demi Cooper.

Otter senior Sydney Kuehl responded with a goal off assists from Annie Magnusson and Norgren three minutes later to increase the Otter lead to 3-1 going into the final period.

Despite the deficit, the Warriors tied the game up in the third period after two unassisted goals just two minutes apart by Lily Wetzel-Edstrom and Cooper.

The teams would only be tied for a minute, however. Pressuring the Warrior goal, Magnusson took the puck around the back of the net and scored a reach-around goal. The goal was assisted by Norgren and Odland.

The Otter defense kept the Warriors scoreless for the rest of the game and held on for a 4-3 win.

Norgren led the Otters with four points, giving her a total of nine in the teams first six games of the year.

Magnusson and Odland each finished with two points.

Otter goalie Katie Shelstad finished the game with 22 saves in the net. The Otter attack had 21 shots on goal for the game, four less than the Warrior’s total of 25.

With the win, the Otters improved to 2-3-1 on the year and advanced to the final round of its home tournament.

The Otters faced off against the Minneapolis Novas Saturday in the championship game. The Novas won its first round game against the Detroit Lakes Lakers after a shootout.

The game between the Otters and Novas was not finished before press time on Saturday.

For complete coverage of the Thanksgiving Classic’s final round, see Monday’s edition of the Journal.

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