By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
North Wright County did not fare well against its field in a holiday tournament. The girls lost against White Bear Lake and Centennial over the weekend.
The game against White Bear Lake featured a scoreless opening period. WBL finally broke the tie in the second period as Kelly Lanigan scored on the power play (Jeanette Bealke, Lexi Cooper). Lexi Englund scored an unassisted goal to build a 2-0 lead late in the period.
Rachel King scored a short-handed goal in the final minutes of the game, but WBL’s Peyton King responded on the power play just seconds later (Cooper, Lanigan) for a 3-1 lead, which wound up being the final score.
Julia Bogenholm started in net for the Riverhawks and stopped 18 of 21 shots in the loss.
The Riverhawks moved on to face Centennial, the tournament’s host. Centennial opened the scoring in the first period on a Shelby Axt power play goal (Haley Loveland). NWC tied the game on a goal by Mackenzie Johnson (unassisted).
The second period belonged to Centennial, as the Cougars scored three goals. Gabbie Hughes scored a power play goal to take the lead (Anneke Linser, Courtney Radke). Kayla Ostendorf followed with another power play goal (Alyssa Haupert), and Madeline Kuntz scored the final goal of the period (Gabbie Hughes, Anna Taschner).
NWC attempted a comeback in the third period, as Marina Chapman scored a power play goal (King, Anne Marie Harald). However, Centennial padded its lead with goals by Hannah Wind (Kuntz, Hughes) and Mattison Schreifels (Carly Taschner, Jamie Fairbanks) for a 6-2 win.
Bogenholm started again in net for the Hawks and stopped 19 of 25 shots in the loss.
The Riverhawks turned to Sidney Schreiner for the tournament finale. NWC supported her with three goals (King, Marina Chapman, Emily Achterkirch) and she recorded the shutout in her first varsity start.
The Riverhawks return to action Jan. 7.