By Bob Kuehl
The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian girls hockey team won its section opener on the evening of Feb. 8 at Thaler arena. The fourth-seeded White Hawks broke out of their scoring drought by defeating Minnesota River 8-1. They were running on all cylinders as they outshot the fifth-seeded Bulldogs 68-8.
The Bulldogs scored first on a bouncing shot from the point on a power play midway through the first period. White Hawks junior goalie Taylor Smith didn’t see the shot through the crowd in front of her goal. That goal seemed to wake up the White Hawks. Junior Emily Schepers would score twice by the end of the period to give the White Hawks a 2-1 lead going into intermission. Schepers’ first goal (a backhand) was on the power play, with the assist going to junior Sydney Hules. Hules would finish the night with two goals and three assists. The second goal also had an assist going to sophomore Lily Hames. Shots after one period were 18-3.
The second period saw complete dominance from the home team. Ninth-grader Mya Coley blasted a slap shot home just three minutes into the period. Senior Lydia Schmidke got the assist. Hules and Schepers then combined for the next two goals, with Schepers getting a hat trick. Shots on goal for the period were 27-3.
The final period saw running time as ninth-grader Grace Peterson got a power play goal to make it 7-1 early in the period. Then Schmidtke got her first varsity goal in her final home game of her varsity career. The defensemen chipped in as well, as eighth-grader Montana Courneya, ninth-graders Brooke Pioske and Taylor Leonard and senior Katelyn Wagner all had assists in the victory.
With the win, the White Hawks advance to the section semifinals, a 7:30 p.m. game at Delano on Tuesday evening, Feb. 13. A win and the White Hawks return to the section finals for the third consecutive season.
UPDATE 2.15.2018 – The White Hawks fell to No. 1-seeded Delano Rockford on Feb. 13 by a score of 4-1.