Girls Varsity Hockey · Girls Hockey Wins on Grandparents Night

By Bob Kuehl

The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian girls hockey team defeated Fergus Falls 3-1 at home on Nov. 29. It was a great way to treat the crowd on Grandparents Night. It was the only game of the week for the White Hawks, who are still battling some illness and trying to get all their players 100 percent healthy.

Junior Brooke Pioske, who had been out sick all week, got the home team on the scoreboard with a backhanded goal 10 minutes into the game. The goal was a result of an end-to-end rush and was unassisted.

The first period saw the White Hawks buzzing the offensive end of the rink but not getting a lot of quality scoring chances to show for their efforts. At the end of one period, the score was 1-0 and shots were 8-4 in favor of the home team.

The second period was only 16 seconds old when junior Brittney Davis pounded in a rebound off of a sophomore Kailey Niccum shot. Linemate junior Grace Peterson also assisted on the goal. The game would go back and forth for the next 15 minutes before eighth-grader Alexa Niccum won a race for the puck and fired a pass to linemate junior Avery Finck, who rifled a shot into the net to make the score 3-0. The Otters outshot the White Hawks 14-13 in the period.

The Otters would score the only goal of the third period, getting a power play goal five minutes in. The White Hawks again would have some chances but came up empty in the third period in the scoring column. Junior wingers Mya Coley and Jenna Brustad, along with center eighth-grader Camryn Hargreaves, had a great forechecking night and played strong on all 200 feet of ice. Junior defender Taylor Leonard, who logged even more ice time than usual because of Pioske’s illness, was the Hardhat of the Game performer for the White Hawks.

This week, the White Hawks travel to New Prague on Tuesday night, Dec. 3, to open Wright County Conference play and host rival Orono on Friday night, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.