WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Team North Dakota came from behind twice and defeated the Minnesota Walleye, 4-3, in a shootout to open pool play at the Girls Tier I 14U Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championship.
Trailing, 3-1, going into the third period, North Dakota capitalized early in the third period on a Kenleigh Fischer top-shelf goal. Then later on a rebound, Olivia Kalbus found the back of the net to tie the game at three, where it would stay through regulation and overtime.
“I thought we were playing pretty good hockey [heading into the third], we just weren’t finishing on some plays,” said North Dakota head coach Mitch Hanson. “We were able to capitalize early in that third period and it gave us a lot a lot of energy. We got going and played pretty well the rest of the way.”
The contest started in a back-and-forth way, as Minnesota jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Kaeli Koopman shot from the point that found the back of the net. Shortly after, another seeing eye shot made its way through traffic into the net, but this time from North Dakota’s Avery Hovland.
Minnesota would score once more in the first frame as Kendall Hassler scored on a semi-breakaway off of a great pass from Elizabeth Hamel. The Walleye would score late in the second to push their lead to 3-1 when Hamel scored her second of the game.
Both goaltenders stood tall for the remainder of regulation and overtime, as Minnesota netminder Demetra Walsma and North Dakota goaltender Margaret Seeley both found a solid groove. The game would require a shootout.
“It was the first one we had been in,” said Hanson. “You kind of look at the poise and composure of the people you put out there and you kind of have the belief that they’ll finish. It was nice I had the right shooter on the first one that got one in right away. We won the coin toss and decided to shoot first and it was good because we put pressure on them right away.”
That first shooter was Ashlyn Abrahamson, who made a move and found the twine. The eventual game winner came off the stick of Madison Hanson, who fired a shot top shelf.
North Dakota takes on the East Coast Wizards on Friday while Minnesota will face the Hartford Jr. Wolfpoack.
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Chicago Young Americans 2, Pittsburgh Pens Elite 1: In a shootout, CYA knocked off Pittsburgh. Isabella Gratzl scored for CYA and Ashlyn Suttelle scored for Pittsburgh in regulation. Brooke Ward made 30 saves for the Young Americans and Liviya Rubin made 14 saves for Pittsburgh.
East Coast Wizards 5, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 4: The two teams traded two goals apiece before East Coast knocked off Hartford in a shootout. Peyton Kennedy, Isabella King, Zola Piekarski and Molly Driscoll scored for East Coast. Caroline Justicz, Sofia Cuozzo, Adrienne Hall and Sydney Courtmanche scored for Hartford in regulation.
Chicago Mission 5, Buffalo Bison 0: Rachel Gorbatenko scored twice and Genna Pan and Peyton Oneill also added tallies. Samantha Knutson pitched a shutout.
Minnesota Lakers 5, NJ Colonials 1: Taylor Porthan found the back of the net two times in the win. Lauren Mack got the scoring started for Minnesota with Lorelai Nelson and Whitney Horton each notching tallies. Eibhleann Knox scored the lone Colonials goal.
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 2, LA Lions 1: Skylar Campanile scored the game-winner in the third period. Rose Dwyer got the scoring started and Keirstyn Camiolo scored for LA. Jolee Savoy made 48 stops for LA and Kayla Czukoski earned the win for Philly.
Detroit Little Caesars 8, Team Colorado 1: Drew Dyczkowski and Addison Spitz each scored twice. Sophia Lacolla, Natalie Joiner, Reese Ward and Paige Cline also scored for Little Caesars. Alana Bouthillette scored the lone goal for Team Colorado.