By Bob Kuehl
The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian girls hockey team traveled to perennial power South St. Paul Nov. 21 to take on the Packers. As usual, South St. Paul came out strong in their home arena and caused the White Hawks to use up a lot of energy early in the game getting the puck out of their own zone.
Midway through the first period, the shots were 9-3 in favor of South St. Paul. Eventually, the young White Hawks settled down and began applying pressure of their own. At the end of one period, the shots were 11-7 in favor of the Packers.
The second period saw the action turn more toward the Packers’ end, as the forechecking of the White Hawks began to force turnovers. The best chance to score was junior Sydney Hules on a breakaway and a nice rebound attempt on the play by junior Lauren Burris. Both were stopped by future Cornell goalie Katie McKenzie, and the score would remain tied 0-0 after two periods.
Even though the shot clock said there were more attempts by the Packers, the better chances belonged to the visitors. White Hawks defenders senior Katelyn Wagner, eighth-grader Montana Courneya, ninth-grader Taylor Leonard, ninth-grader Brooke Pioske and junior Sydney Bowe did a nice job of keeping the home team to the outside or taking shots from a great distance toward White Hawks junior goalie Taylor Smith.
The third period saw the Packers wear down the young White Hawks again with their forechecking. They finally broke through and put a point blank shot past Smith with just under 8 minutes left in the game. Though the White Hawks would again be the aggressor in the final minutes, they couldn’t get a shot past McKenzie and fell 1-0. The White Hawks have only allowed eight goals in five games but have struggled to score so far on the young season.
This week, the White Hawks traveled to Prairie Centre on Tuesday evening and host highly rated Alexandria this Friday, Dec. 1, at Thaler arena. Come cheer on the White Hawks!