Girls Varsity Hockey · Girls Hockey Enters Winter Break Unbeaten

By Bob Kuehl

The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian varsity girls hockey team went into the holiday break undefeated after two 5-2 victories. The White Hawks’ record is now 14-0-1 for the season.

On Dec. 18, the White Hawks headed to Litchfield to take on the Dragons. It was the team’s ninth game in 19 days. Senior Lauren Burris got the scoring started after just over six minutes when she got a pass from ninth-grader Kailey Niccum and put a shot past the Dragons goalie. Five minutes later, sophomore Grace Peterson converted a rebound into a goal off of shots by sophomore Brooke Pioske and senior Sydney Hules. It was a power play goal. After the White Hawks took a penalty, Niccum scored a short-handed goal off a pass from Peterson. The score was 3-0 White Hawks with a 20-8 shot advantage.

The second period was the same, as the White Hawks outshot the home team 22-3 and added two goals. Senior Emily Schepers scored a power play goal off of passes from Burris and Brooke Pioske. And Niccum wrapped up the visitors’ scoring with a goal from Burris and Peterson.

The Dragons scored both of the third period goals to narrow the final score to 5-2. Getting the Hard Hat Award for the game was sophomore Brittney Davis, who was so effective in forechecking and getting the puck out of the zone all night long.

On Dec. 22, the White Hawks hosted Hopkins/St. Louis Park on Alumni Day. The home team got on the scoreboard eight minutes into the game when eighth-grader Sydney Leonard pushed in a rebound goal. Assists went to line mates Schepers and Hules. The period ended with the home team outshooting the Royals 9-7.

The White Hawks would control the second period, both in quality of play and on the scoreboard. Niccum broke in on the right side of the goal and fired an upper shelf shot by the goalie. Burris and Brooke Pioske had assists on the nice passing play. Shots were 12-6 in the period.

The third period would provide some drama, as the White Hawks scored first to make the score 3-0 when Pioske fired a nice low shot into the net off of a pass from eighth-grader Emily Wendorf. The Royals then called time out. After the time out, the game changed for a number of minutes with the visitors getting some zone time in the White Hawks end and scoring two goals in 19 seconds to close the score to 3-2. But the home team didn’t break down again and eventually would take over the game once more.

Eighth-grader Gretta Pioske got a pass from senior Sydney Bowe and fired a nice shot into the goal to make the score 4-2. Niccum would score her second goal of the game and fourth of the week a minute and a half later off a nice passing play with line mates Burris and Peterson.

Senior Taylor Smith had her usual strong game in goal with 25 saves to go along with her 11-shot shutout in two periods of work against Litchfield.

The White Hawks now have some time to rest before facing conference opponent Delano on Friday, Jan. 4, at Thaler Arena. Come out and cheer on the fourth-ranked White Hawks!