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Tom Mix, Published December 13 2013

West Fargo defeats Fargo South-Davies in girls hockey

WEST FARGO – Kelly Krahn is a proven goal scorer, and it didn’t take the West Fargo senior forward long to get to work in the offensive zone Friday.

Krahn completed a hat trick midway through the second period during West Fargo’s 5-1 North Dakota girls hockey win over Fargo South-Davies at Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

“I thought our line played well,” said Krahn, who finished with four goals and an assist. “We know how to work the puck around. The shots just came to me this time, and I buried them.”

West Fargo’s top line is made up of Krahn, senior Allison Springer and freshman Janey Sandoval – a trio that accounted for all of the Packers’ goals on Friday.

Sandoval scored her seventh goal of the season with 5 minutes, 18 seconds left in the second period. Sandoval entered the game tied for first on the state scoring leaderboard and now leads outright with 16 points.

Krahn, who posted 44 goals last season, scored her first goal 1:58 into the game. Less than four minutes after her first goal, Krahn put the Packers up 2-0, getting a shot off a 2-on-1 breakaway past South-Davies goaltender Emily Grothmann.

“Kelly has been struggling a little with her shot, but we have told her to keep shooting and the goals will come,” West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson said. “When she keeps shooting and starts to score, she is tough to stop.”

South-Davies (3-4-0, 3-3-0 North Dakota) scored on a power play with less than a minute left to play in the first period. The Bruins’ lone goal came off the stick of sophomore forward Paige Bettenhausen.

“When we scored our goal, we got some momentum, but their first line really got after the puck,” Fargo South-Davies head coach Josh Issertell said. “Krahn was on. We came out flat and they capitalized.”

West Fargo (4-1-0, 4-1-0) answered with two goals in the second period preventing the Bruins a chance at getting the equalizer.

“We had a let down on our penalty kill late in the first period,” Johnson said. “We needed to refocus a bit in the second period and I thought we did a nice job with that. We put some pressure on them and that’s something we have to keep doing.”

Grothmann finished with 47 saves for the Bruins. West Fargo junior goaltender Morgan Stirling stopped nine shots for West Fargo.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Krahn, (Holland), 1:58. 2, WF, Krahn, (Sandoval), 5:38. 3, SD, Bettenhausen, (Hayes, Miller), 16:10 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 4, WF, Krahn, 7:58. 5, WF, Sandoval, (Walsh, Krahn), 11:42.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, WF, Krahn, (Holland), 3:43 (pp).

SAVES: SD, Grothmann 7-27-13–47. WF, Stirling 4-3-2–9.

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