by Scott DCamp
Warroad, 20-3-2, and Thief River Falls, 17-6-2, were chosen as the top-two seeds in the Section 8A Girls Hockey Tournament following a seeding meeting Monday.
Seeds three through six include: 3. East Grand Forks, 17-8-1; 4. Detroit Lakes, 8-17-0; 5. Park Rapids 3-21-0; 6. Crookston 5-20-0.
Section quarterfinal games – Crookston at East Grand Forks and Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes – will be held Thursday, Feb. 8.
Semifinal games will be held Monday, Feb. 12 at the Gardens Arena in Warroad at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; and the Section 8A championship game will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Gardens Arena in Warroad.
Prowlers end season with road wins
Thief River Falls averaged five and a half goals a game during a pair of come from behind wins at Duluth Marshal and Cloquet-Esko Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3.
“I thought the girls responded well to adversity,” said Head Coach Brett Johnson. “We found ourselves trailing in both games early in the first but fought hard in the second and third.”
On Friday, Thief River Falls overcame a 1-0 deficit with three goals in each of the final two periods to defeat Duluth Marshall 6-2.
Scoring goals for the Prowlers were Jaimee Nelson (3), Hannah Magnusson and Shelby Breiland, with assists by Breiland, Erin Retka, Tessa Jorde and Nelson.
Goaltender Faith Porter picked up the win with an 18-save performance.
On Saturday, it was more the same for the Prowlers. Trailing 1-0 with 2:45 left in the first period, Grace Bergland scored on the power play with assists to Breiland and Nelson.
From there, the Prowlers took control, scoring four second period goals in a 10-minute span. Breiland netted a pair, with Kia McGlynn and Nelson adding goals. Assists were credited to Khloe Lund, Retka, Jorde, Bergland and Breiland.
Gabby Steele picked up the win Saturday, with a 31-save performance.
“I thought the girls did a nice job of sticking to the game plan of getting the puck deep, forechecking and getting pucks to the net,” Johnson said. “Defensively, both of our goalies, Faith [Porter] and Gabby [Steele] played well.”
With the wins, Thief River Falls concludes the regular season with a 17-6-2 record.
Thief River Falls 6,
Duluth Marshall 2
First period – DM, Gracie Thomas (Lily Aamodt) 5:34.
Second period – TRF, Jaimee Nelson (Shelby Breiland, Erin Retka) 4:18; TRF (power play) 7:41; TRF, Jaimee Nelson (SH) 11:23; DM, Olivia Boettcher (Lillian Johnson, Victoria Thorson) 14:19.
Third period – TRF, Jaimee Nelson (UA) 5:27; TRF, Hannah Magnusson (EN) (Tessa Jorde) 10:15; TRF, Shelby Breiland (EN) (Jaimee Nelson) 10:38.
Shots – TRF 4-10-12 – 26; Duluth Marshall 8-7-5 – 20.
Power plays – TRF 1/3; Duluth Marshall 0/5.
Penalties – TRF 5 (10 minutes); Duluth Marshall 3 (6 minutes).
Goalies – TRF, Faith Porter 18 saves; Duluth Marshall 20 saves.
Thief River Falls 5,
First period – CEC, Dana Jones (PP) (Jaxie Pogoreic, Tenley Stewart) 8:02; TRF, Grace Bergland (PP) (Shelby Breiland, Jaimee Nelson) 14:15.
Second period – TRF, Shelby Breiland (Khloe Lund) 5:30; TRF, Shelby Breiland (Erin Retka) 9:51; TRF, Kia McGlynn (Tessa Jorde, Grace Bergland) 12:33; TRF, Jaimee Nelson (Shelby Breiland) 15:38.
Third period – No Score.
Shots – TRF 6-7-12 – 25; CEC 9-11-12 – 32.
Power plays – TRF 1/3; CEC 1/2.
Penalties – TRF 2 (4 minutes); CEC 3 (6 minutes).
Goalies – TRF, Gabby Steele 31 saves; CEC, Elise Lund 20 saves.