Trip north yields two wins

Hockey girls go 2-1 in Roseau

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

Considering the distance they traveled, it’s a good thing the Ranger hockey girls came away from the Roseau holiday tournament with a pair of wins.

Forest Lake opened the four-team, round-robin event last Tuesday by romping Lake of the Woods by a score of 6-1. Senior captain Sadie Nelson led the charge with a hat trick, as the Rangers fired 45 shots on goal.

Nelson’s team already led 2-0 by the time she got going. Senior Katie Boleen notched the lone first-period goal, and junior Lexi Carpenter added a goal early in the second. Nelson then sandwiched scores around the only Lake of the Woods goal. She earned the hat trick in the third period, and ninth-grader Kennedy Crever provided the final goal.

Ranger assists went to Alexa Bremer (two), Nelson, Karlyn Ristrom and Kaitlyn VanTassel. Abbi White stopped 16 shots.

“It was nice to see us put some points on the board and beat a team we probably should have beat,” said coach Ryan Sauter.

The host Rams scored the last two goals in their 4-2 win on Wednesday.  They outshot Forest Lake 30-15.

Junior Amy Enrooth notched her first varsity goal with seven seconds left in the first period. Roseau returned the favor in the second period, striking with just three seconds left to take a 3-2 lead.

Bremer, a sophomore, had the other Ranger goal, while Carpenter, Nelson, Brittni Kelbe and Alex White earned assists.

The Rams, who went on to win the tournament, did damage on the powerplay. Otherwise, Sauter felt the game was even.

“The Roseau game was probably our best out of all three,” he said. “We played toe-to-toe with a really good team, and they know it.”

Forest Lake finished the trip Thurdsay by beating Northfield 3-0, despite being outshot 31-20.

They again got in early penalty trouble, but White staved off 15 first-period shots en route to her third shutout of the year.

The Rangers tallied goals in each period: Kelbe in the first, Nelson in the second and Van Tassel in the third. Assists went to Enrooth, Boleen, Crever and Sophia Rappa.

Forest Lake hosted Mounds View on Tuesday and Hastings comes to town Saturday afternoon.  The girls play at White Bear Lake next Tuesday.