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Tom Mix, Published December 15 2012

West Fargo skates past Fargo South-Davies in girls hockey

FARGO – Scoring came in one big bunch for the West Fargo girls hockey team on Saturday.

West Fargo scored four goals in the second period and held on to defeat Fargo South-Davies 4-3 at the Scheels Shootout at Scheels Arena.

The Packers (6-0-0, 6-0-0) remain undefeated and in first place in the North Dakota state standings.

“We came in and knew we weren’t moving our feet,” West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson said. “We weren’t cutting to the passing lanes and we were standing still a little too much and that is not our team. We have to do things as a group. Once we started moving our feet things opened up.”

Senior forward Hayley Walsh scored the Packers’ first goal five minutes, eight seconds into the second period tying the game at 1-1. South-Davies freshman forward Alex Woken scored at the 8:26 mark giving the Bruins the lead back, but it was short lived.

In the span of 2:50 following Woken’s goal, West Fargo scored two goals to take the lead. Chelsea Wangen and Allison Springer scored unassisted goals 40 seconds apart from one another giving the Packers a 3-2 advantage.

“Whether it is (Hayley) or another player, we need someone to start it,” Johnson said. “The excitement builds. Once we get one everyone wants to get one. … We just can’t give back goals. We got to keep building on those right away instead of going back and forth, but it is nice to come out on top.”

Woken, once again, scored an equalizer for the Bruins (6-2-0, 5-2-0) at 11:35 in the second period.

The Packers answered when Wangen scored at the 14:01 mark. Wangen’s second goal held up and the game winner.

“The game was back and forth and we knew it was going to be a battle,” South-Davies head coach Josh Issertell said. “Once they did get the lead they got more confidence. The wind sort of went in their sails from there.”

Senior forward Alli Thomas scored the Bruins’ first goal in the first period.

South-Davies had several scoring chances in the third period, but two penalties thwarted the Bruins’ attempt to tie the game.

“Our kids battled back and toward the end of the third period we started to get more opportunities,” Issertell said. “But it was one of those deals where we took a couple ill-timed penalties in the third period. … We had to work harder to get the momentum back. We made a push, but we couldn’t quite put that last one in.”

Senior goalie Andrea Klug made 17 saves in net for the Packers.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, FS-D, Thomas, (Woken, Tupa), 11:30.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, WF, Walsh, (Springer), 5:08. 3, FS-D, Woken, (Potas), 8:26. 4, WF, Wangen, 10:16. 5, WF, Springer, 10:56. 6, FS-D, Woken, (Geiselhart), 11:35. 7, WF, Wangen, (Klug, Stromme), 14:01.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

SAVES: WF, Klug 9-2-6–17. FS-D, Grothmann 9-5-6–20.

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