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Glenn Pursley, Published December 11 2012

West Fargo rolls to girls hockey win against Fargo North

FARGO – It wasn’t the 10-goal bashing that the West Fargo girls hockey team is used to dishing out, but they’ll take Tuesday night’s win over Fargo North.

The Packers got it going with three goals in the second period to beat the No. 4-ranked Spartans 7-1 at the John E. Carlson Coliseum.

Kelly Krahn and Chelsea Wangen each scored two goals for the Packers while goalie Andrea Klug tallied 14 saves en route to the six-goal win.

“We were a little slow-footed in the first period, but our goalie kept us going,” Packers head coach Pat Johnson said. “We skated a little harder in the second and third, and that’s the one thing. … We gotta skate and we gotta move our feet.”

Megan Berginski scored the first goal for West Fargo just two minutes into the game.

Krahn followed with a goal with five minutes left to play in the first period. She took her shot top shelf and it bounced off the crossbar and into the net.

“We played really well,” Krahn said. “I thought we passed the puck really well and just worked hard as a team. Our lines have been playing with each other for a while now so that helps.”

With two Packers (5-0) skaters out from penalties to start the second period, Wangen found her first goal at an unexpected time. Short-handed, she followed up on a rebound and snuck the puck passed North (2-4) goalkeeper Olivia Pladson.

Wangen and Krahn would each score in the third period to finish with two goals apiece. Krahn also added an assist.

Paige Lazorenko also scored in the second period, firing a shot right past the head of Pladson for West Fargo’s fifth goal of the night.

“I went wide and just used the defenseman as a screen and looked over her shoulder and saw top shelf open,” Lazorenko said. “I just let it go.”

Jaimie Nielsen scored the lone goal for the Spartans. That goal was just the fourth goal that the Packers have given up all season.

“They have always been a really tough opponent for us, but we just went out there and did our best and came away with the win.” Krahn added.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Berginski (Springer), 4:00. 2, WF, Krahn (Walsh), 11:43.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, WF, Wangen (Holland), :52, (sh). 4, FN, Nielsen (Bachmeier, Larson), 1:23, (pp). 5, WF, Lazorenko, 3:22. 6, WF, Walsh (Krahn), 4:51.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, WF, Krahn, 8:38. 8, WF, Wangen (Nelson), 16:20.

SAVES: WF, Klug 10-2-2–14. FN, O. Pladson 10-23-11–34.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549