Ranger hockey girls on five-game winning streak
The Ranger girls hockey team nearly shut out Woodbury at home last Thursday, but there were no complaints following a 7-1 victory over the Royals. Forest Lake brought its winning streak to five on Saturday with a win over Cretin-Derham Hall.
Against Woodbury, eighth-grader Maddie Kolbow opened the scoring off assists from eighth-grader Madi Nolan and ninth-grader Kaitlyn VanTassel, followed by another early goal by senior Alexa Bremer on a power play off an assist from senior Amy Enrooth.
Junior Rachel Skoglund scored an unassisted goal in the second period, as well as junior Alyssa Taylor, who scored off a pass from sophomore Kayla Brust.
Bremer earned her second goal of the night to begin the third period, and was assisted by Enrooth and senior Lexi Carpenter. Nolan and Carpenter scored twice more to close the offense for Forest Lake off passes from VanTassel and Skoglund.
Senior Abbi White saved 14 of 15 shots on goal.
Head coach Ryan Sauter said the variety of scorers on the roster this season is something his team has wanted to achieve for awhile.
“They all know they are capable of scoring goals,” Sauter “They’ve had to learn that it’s not all about the flashy goals, because at the end of the day, ESPN is not going to be putting this on their top-10 plays list. The fact is if they hit those low shots and get the rebounds, those are going to be the shots we make.”
In their fifth overtime matchup this season, the girls celebrated their first victory at home on Saturday over Cretin-Derham Hall, 2-1.
Sauter said the win mirrors the hard work they have put in at practice.
“They’ve always been a confident group,” Sauter said. “But it was a fun one for the girls to see how their offensive hard work in practice translates to a win, and into letting ourselves see how good we can be.”
Enrooth jumpstarted the Rangers with a goal at 8:26 in the first period off passes from Carpenter and Bremer.
The Raiders, No. 19 in Class AA, responded with a goal in the second period before a stagnant scoring period leading into overtime.
At 4:50 after regulation, Nolan scored the winning goal off an assist from VanTassel.
Although the Rangers struggled with penalties all game, White’s stellar effort in net—40 saves in 41 shots—gave her squad a chance for the win.
“She’s one of those goalies that needs a lot of shots on goal to really be in the game,” Sauter said. “That’s not what we as coaches want, you know, to give up a lot of shots. But it works to our advantage in games like these when we have a lot of penalties and we need a goalie who can get those stops. Abbi can do that.”
The Rangers’ record is now 8-6-2 overall, three more wins than last season’s total with nine regular-season games left.
Forest Lake traveled to No. 15 (Class AA) Hastings on Tuesday night, and returns home for a 7:30 p.m. game against Grand Rapids on Friday.