Rangers beat Minneapolis in opener
The Forest Lake girls hockey team got back to its winning ways, following a trip to state last year, by defeating the Minneapolis Novas in its opening game at home last Tuesday.
Both teams were scoreless by the end of the first period despite aggressive play by the Rangers, which resulted in seven shots on goal to Minneapolis’ two with three minutes remaining before the break.
Forest Lake wasted no time to start the second period. Eighth-grader Kayla Kasel put the Rangers on the board less than a minute in off a pass from junior Allison Long, followed minutes later by a power-play goal by sophomore Kaitlyn VanTassel off a pass from senior Alexa Bremer down low.
Two minutes later with Kasel in the penalty box, Skoglund intercepted a pass and streaked down ice. The Minneapolis goalie deflected the first shot, but Skoglund rebounded for a short-handed goal to put the Rangers up 3-0.
The Novas answered shortly after with a short-handed goal of their own when the puck ricocheted up and over Forest Lake goalie Kaylee Remington’s shoulder off a clash of sticks in front of the net.
Forest Lake sealed the scoring for the game at 4-1 five minutes into the third period off another power-play goal, this time by Bremer low on the left side off a pass off the boards from Skoglund.
Remington closed her debut following the graduation of all-conference goalie Abbi White with 15 saves for a .938 save percentage.
The Rangers played Roseville on Tuesday night, and host Cloquet-Esko-Carlton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, before hitting the road for three away games.