Riverhawks tie, win to close out regular season
By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The North Wright County Riverhawks and Rogers Royals met with each team looking for a big conference victory late in the season.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the game with neither goalie giving an inch. Alex LaMere stood tall for the Riverhawks while Michelle Klimstra shut the door for the Royals. Both goaltenders were named semifinalists for the Senior Goalie of the Year award from Let’s Play Hockey.
When neither goalie cracked in regulation, the game went to overtime. Eight minutes later, the game still sat unresolved. Both goaltenders pitched a shutout as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Mixed emotions ruled the locker room after the game, coach Jason Johnson said.
“When we go into the playoffs, if we don’t give up any, we’ll be okay.” He stressed that his team needs to score some goals. Johnson also acknowledged the goalie matchup.
“It’s kind of a fitting end to that game.”
LaMere saved 27 shots, while Klimstra stopped 35.
RIVERHAWKS WIN SEASON
FINALE VS MOORHEAD
The Riverhawks headed up to Moorhead knowing a win could really help with seeding in the section. The Spuds got on the board initially with a Marissa Herdt goal in the opening period (Megan MacFarlane, Haley Ludwig). After the first, Moorhead led 1-0.
“I kind of challenged our girls to put more pucks on net and we would see different results, and in the second period, we did that,” coach Johnson said.
The Riverhawks collected two goals in the second period to take the lead. Greta Stanton scored off of a pass from Anne Marie Harald at the nine minute mark of the period. Maddie Young scored a short time later for a 2-1 advantage (Marina Chapman, Heidi Prebonich).
Senior Emily Achterkirch, in her final regular season game, scored the game winning goal in the third period (unassisted). The Riverhawks led 3-1 when Moorhead decided on pulling its goalie for the six on five advantage.
Monique Aanenson scored with just one minute left in regulation (Herdt). The Riverhawks fended off the Spuds’ attack and came away with a 3-2 win. Coach Johnson singled out the play of Achterkirch and Young during the game.
The Riverhawks play a section game on Saturday. The time, opponent and location were not determined before we went to press.
NWC finishes the regular season with a record of 13-9-3 (7-2-2 Miss. 8). The team allowed just 13 goals in the regular season. The Riverhawks took second place in the conference behind Buffalo, who finished 12-12-2 (9-0 Miss. 8).
Emily Achterkirch (23) encourages Alex LaMere after a tough save in overtime. (Photo by Jake Schroer)