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Tom Mix, Published November 26 2012

South tops North in girls hockey

FARGO – Fargo South’s Alex Woken likely won’t forget her first varsity hockey game anytime soon.

Woken – a freshman forward – scored two goals to help the Bruins to a 4-2 win over Fargo North in North Dakota girls hockey on Monday at Scheels Arena.

“It was really fun,” Woken said. “My teammates gave me a lot of good passes. They set me up and made me look good.”

South (1-0-0) has now won 28 consecutive games. The last time the Bruins lost a game was Feb. 25, 2011.

Monday’s win was also the first for Josh Issertell, who replaced Josh Rogers as South’s head coach last spring after the Bruins went 26-0 and won a state championship.

“It is definitely a nice way to finish the first game for the coaching staff certainly, but also for the nine new players that we have in the varsity lineup,” Issertell said. “They handled themselves well. All in all, it is a good win over a great rival.”

North scored first when freshman Ali Vannett slipped a shot past Bruins sophomore goalie Emily Grothmann on a breakaway with 4.8 seconds remaining in the first period.

“We had a good first period,” Issertell said. “We put pressure on North for what seemed like the whole period, but it got away from us on that last shift.”

The Bruins roared back, scoring their first goal in the first minute of the second period. Junior forward Kara Tupa fired a centering pass to Woken for the equalizer.

Later in the second, South held a 5-on-3 skater advantage, but North senior forward Sam Hagen spoiled the beginning of the power play with a short-handed goal.

With the power play still intact, South evened the game again when senior defender Carly Rutter scored.

Woken’s second goal was the game-winner. Woken took a pass from Amy Geiselhart and put the puck past North goalie Olivia Pladson.

“Alex does the little things right,” Issertell said. “She moves to space with and without the puck. She creates for herself and her teammates. She has the ability to finish.”

Pladson finished with 41 saves for the Spartans (0-2-0). South outshot North 45-29.

“We didn’t play well in our defensive zone,” Fargo North head coach Kris Dougherty said. “We worked hard and got that goal at the end of the first period, which gave us some momentum. We played better, but we weren’t creating chances we were waiting for them to come to us.”

Tupa was called for an illegal hit from behind in the third period. Issertell said officials deemed that Tupa reached and made illegal contact with a North players’ head which hit the boards.

Under the new rules regarding illegal hits from behind set by the National Federation of High School Associations, Tupa was charged with a 5-minute major penalty for boarding and will serve a one-game suspension when South travels to play Jamestown on Thursday.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FN, Vannett, (Larson, Johnson), 16:56.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, FS, Woken, (Tupa), :43. 3, FN, Hagen, 2:46, (sh). 4, FS, Rutter, (Tupa, Hanson), 3:37, (pp). 5, FS, Woken, (Geiselhart), 8:21. 6, FS, Thomas, (Hanson), 15:28.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

SAVES: FN, O. Pladson 13-20-8–41. FS, Grothmann 6-9-12–27.

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