FL hockey makes late-game comeback to tie Duluth
Rangers girls’ hockey continues to keep the “L” out of its record after going 1-0-1 with a 7-0 win over St. Francis last Tuesday, then fighting back from a 0-3 deficit on Thursday night to tie Duluth 3-3.
In the shutout win over the Fighting Saints, Forest Lake put forth a team effort with ninth-grader Kaitlyn VanTassel setting the pace with a goal at 1:33 in the first period off an assist from classmate Madi Nolan.
The duo swapped roles to open the second period with Nolan scoring on a power play assist from VanTassel at 2:06. VanTassel again took advantage of the power play 30 seconds later off an assist from junior Rachel Skoglund to give Forest Lake a 3-0 lead. Nolan and Skoglund each scored again in the second period.
Senior captain Abbi White continued to preserve the Ranger shutout in the net during the third period as teammate senior Amy Enrooth scored on a power-play goal at 2:38 off assists from VanTassel and Nolan.
Junior Alyssa Taylor sealed the 7-0 win over St. Francis with a last-minute goal off a sophomore Kayla Brust pass.
The Rangers started strong on Thursday at home against Duluth, who also came into the matchup with a 2-0 record.
Forest Lake stayed aggressive until a Northstar goal at 14:35 in the first period slowed Ranger momentum.
Duluth took over the ice in the second period, forcing turnovers while scoring twice more to make it a 3-0.
After losing 5-2 to Duluth last season, the Rangers came out determined to swing the score in the third. After regaining control of the ice, Enrooth jumpstarted the comeback with a goal at 6:20 off a pass from senior Lexi Carpenter.
Skoglund kept the pressure the Northstar defense and buried the puck in the net less than four minutes later to make it a 3-2 game.
Ranger defense worked hard in the backice and helped White fend off the Duluth attack while the teams competed for control of the ice.
With two minutes to go in the game, senior Alexa Bremer scored her second goal of the regular season to even the score. Skoglund chalked up her second assist of the season on the play.
After a back-and-forth overtime period, the Rangers held on for the 3-3 tie, bringing their overall record to 2-0-1.