Off the boards

Fergus Falls 10U player Evelyn Wedll plays the puck off the boards before scoring for the Otters.

The Fergus Falls Prairie’s Edge Dental 10U hockey team traveled to Fargo Jan. 3-5, kicking off 2020 with the 10U international tournament.  Sixteen teams from Minnesota and Canada were in competition for the A trophy, with 16 each competing at 10U B, 12U A and 12U B.

Friday’s matchup for the Otters was a gunslinging Osseo-Maple Grove squad.   

OMGHA scored first at the halfway point of the first period.  Midway through the second, Evelyn Wedll sneaked past two defenders, banking the puck off the boards before tying the score for Fergus Falls.  The Otters kept pace with the OMGHA team through the first and most of the second, but OMGHA ran away with the game in the final 15, winning 8-1.  

Otter goalie, Mia Olson, earned a season-record 32 saves in a stunning turn in the crease, against the eventual Tournament champions.

Early Saturday morning, Fergus faced off against Champlin Park-Coon Rapids (CPCR).  No goals were scored in the first period, but CPCR strung together three quick ones in the second.  Next, Maddison Brimhall scored an unassisted short-hander for the Otters, but the opponents answered back with a power-play goal shortly thereafter, and another to close the period.  Maggie Greenagel and Averie Tonneson earned goals No. 2 and 3 for the maroon and gold (Brimhall assisted on the Tonneson goal), but CPCR’s offensive burst proved too much to overcome, and the score ended 5-3.  

In a turn of events from Game 1, shots on goal were relatively low on both sides of the ice.

After a lunch break and a team photo shoot, it was the Canadian team, Brandon Wheat Kings, which was the Otters’ next foe.  

It would be the girls from the South scoring first, with Greenagel sinking a rebound goal from Tonneson.  Greenagel then set the stage for Brimhall to put the Otters up 2-0. Brandon scored once before the close of the first period, but Tonneson answered back in the second with an unassisted biscuit.  After one more Wheat Kings goal, Brimhall and Greenagel each scored unassisted once more, for a final of 5-2 Otters.  In addition to five reaching the netting, Brandon’s goalie turned away 32 Otter shots on goal.

In the final game of the tournament on Sunday, the Otters drew Bloomington as a competitor.   

Brimhall took the first faceoff of the game and marched straight down to light the lamp, scoring just eight seconds in.  Two more Otter goals would hit the scoreboard in the first, before Bloomington’s only score of the matchup.  With a final score of 9-1, the Otters showed their dominance throughout the game.  Scoring goals were Brimhall (3), Greenagel (3), Kynzie Zender, Tonneson and Aubree Nelson. Assists went to Greenagel (2) and Nelson.

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