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Tom Mix, Published February 22 2013

West Fargo skates past Jamestown in state girls hockey semifinals

GRAND FORKS – West Fargo’s top line was in top form on Friday.

Senior Hayley Walsh, and juniors Kelly Krahn and Allison Springer accounted for five of the Packers’ seven goals in a 7-2 win over Jamestown during the semifinals of the North Dakota state girls hockey tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Entering the semifinals, the trio of Walsh, Krahn and Springer occupied the top three spots on the state’s leaderboard in points and had combined for 108 goals.

After 51 minutes on the ice on Friday, make it 113.

“We came out here to win, and we capitalized on our opportunities,” Krahn said. “I thought we passed the puck well. … We were way better on offense than we were (Thursday). We were all stuck together (Thursday) and we just really spread it out and moved the puck better.”

The top-seeded Packers (23-1-0) advance to play Bismarck in the state championship game at 5 p.m. today at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

It is West Fargo’s first trip to the state finals since 2011. West Fargo holds a 1-2 all-time record in the finals and won a state championship in 2010.

Senior forward Rachel Monkman got the scoring started for the Packers, slapping a shot off a rebound past Jamestown goalie Carissa Finck 2 minutes, 40 seconds into regulation.

“Getting the first goal was the big one,” West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson said. “We really preached getting the first one because (Jamestown) was coming in hot with a lot of energy. We needed to take that away, and the only way to do that is to get the first goal and build on it right away.”

After Monkman’s goal, Krahn, Springer and Walsh all scored in succession to make it 4-0.

Jamestown – making its first appearance in the semifinals – got a goal from senior Amber Schaack with two seconds remaining in the first period.

The Blue Jays (18-7-0) got another goal in the second period from sophomore forward Torri Kamlitz, which trimmed the Packers lead to 4-2.

“We did our best,” Jamestown head coach Brad Schaack said. “A positive was getting two past (Andrea) Klug. We had to keep them to one, and that is pretty much impossible. It was 4-0 and my girls didn’t give up. We got it to 4-2, and if you chip in another one in there you never know. You have to play a flawless game against West Fargo.”

Walsh and Krahn each finished with two goals and one assist. Springer added two assists to her goal.

West Fargo outshot Jamestown 41-15 and controlled the puck in the Blue Jays’ zone much of the game.

“With their low numbers, the one thing we wanted to do was keep the puck deep in their end and make sure they couldn’t get their changes to tire them out,” Johnson said.

Jamestown plays Grand Forks in the third-place game at 11 a.m. today at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Monkman, (Wangen), 2:40. 2, WF, Krahn, (Springer), 10:42. 3, WF, Springer, (Walsh, Lothspeich), 14:04. 4, WF, Walsh, (Holland), 16:08. 5, J, Schaack, (Wiest), 16:58.

SECOND PERIOD: 6, J, T. Kamlitz, (Wiest, Soulis), 10:59. 7, WF, Krahn (Springer), 13:45.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, WF, Walsh, (Krahn), 0:47. 9, WF, Lazorenko, (Sandoval), 12:24.

SAVES: J, Finck 10-12-12–34. WF, Klug 3-7-3–13.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562