Both teams paid the price for penalties in Friday’s Thief River Falls girls high school hockey game against the St. Cloud Icebreakers at the Ralph Engelstad Arena that ended in a 4-4 stalemate.
Six of the eight goals were scored during a manpower advantage. The Prowlers were 3-for-3 on the power play; the Icebreakers went 3-for-4.
Thief River Falls took a 3-2 lead into the third period, but fell behind 4-3 on power play goals by St. Cloud’s Allie Cornelius, whose close-in shot got through at 8:11, and Maddie Smith, who was set up at the side of the net at 14:47.
The Prowlers responded, however, when Kira Johnson scored a point-blank power play rebound goal at 15:32.
An eight-minute sudden-death overtime produced a 9-1 Thief River Falls advantage in shots-on-goal, but the score didn’t change.
The Icebreakers, who feature skaters from St. Cloud Tech, Apollo and Cathedral, plus Holdingford, got on the board first when a scramble in front of the net resulted in a Sommer Davidson goal just 1:21 into the game.
Next three goals were of the power play variety.
Thief River Falls’ Tessa Jorde popped one in from in front of the net at 3:02 and Callie Fagerstrom put the Prowlers ahead 2-1 at 12:08 after a St. Cloud skater was whistled for playing with a goalie stick.
The unusual call came after netminder Emily Musielewicz had lost her stick on a goal mouth bump. A teammate surrendered her stick to the goalie – standard fare in those situations. However, she proceeded to pick up the bigger piece of lumber and became involved in the play. A whistle and conference among the officials resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct call.
St. Cloud got the equalizer, on a power play, of course with a well-placed pass being swept in by Cornelius at 14:02.
Thief River Falls was back on top 59 seconds into the second period when Madison Poole beat Musielewicz with an open shot from the slot.
The Prowlers out-shot the Icebreakers 45-15.
First period – SC, Sommer Davidson (Lily Wilkins, Grace Laudenbach), 1:21; TRF, Tessa Jorde (Briana Jorde, Kora Torkelson), 3:02; TRF, Callie Fagerstrom (Briana Jorde), 12:08; SC, Allie Cornelius (Gabbie Rude, Jordan Volker), 14:02.
Second period – TRF, Madison Poole, :59.
Third period – SC, Cornelius (Maddie Smith, Anna Carlson), 8:11; SC, Smith (Cornelius, Brooke Arvidson), 14:47; TRF, Kira Johnson (Tessa Jorde, Briana Jorde), 15:32.
Goalie saves – TRF, Mariah Nelson 2-3-5-1–11; SC, Emily Musielewicz 8-14-10-9–41.