By Bob Kuehl
The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian girls hockey team ended its season by winning two of its last three games. The victories over Delano (3-0) and Waconia (7-1) and the close loss to South St. Paul (2-1) meant that the White Hawks finished the regular season with a won-loss record of 16-7-2. It is good enough to enable the team to enter section play with the No. 1 seed.
Delano’s goalie, Grace Glansrud, again would prove to be a tough foe, as she had 49 saves on Jan. 28 as the White Hawks bombarded her with shots. It wasn’t until 7:42 into the second period that the home team would get on the scoreboard. Junior Grace Peterson scored two unassisted goals in 12 seconds to make the score 2-0. Sophomore defender Montana Courneya finished a great passing sequence by the White Hawks with a wrist shot to make the score 3-0 at the 13:16 mark of the second period. There would be no more scoring, despite the home team continuing to fire shot after shot on the Tigers goal. Junior Callie Nelson had the 17-save shutout for the White Hawks.
On Jan 31., the team headed south to Waconia to take on the Wildcats. This game was over early, as the visitors scored four first-period goals and had another disallowed because of an official’s error. Junior Brooke Pioske scored just 2:50 into the game, with the assist going to Grace Peterson. A minute later, ninth-grader Sydney Leonard scored the first of her two unassisted goals. A Wildcat penalty led to Grace Peterson’s power play goal at 5:17, with assists going to Sydney Leonard and Booke Pioske. Sydney Leonard then scored again a couple of minutes later.
The second period saw the White Hawks score twice. Grace Peterson scored a backhand goal, with assists going to ninth-grader Gretta Pioske and eighth-grader Natalie Miner. Then eighth-grader Camryn Hargreaves scored a rebound goal off of a ninth-grader Ellie Schmid shot.
Schmid would score the final White Hawks goal in the third period, with Gretta Pioske and ninth-grader Emily Wendorf assisting. Nelson was the winning goalie, and eighth-grader Ashlyn Roth saw her first varsity action late in the game.
Saturday saw the White Hawks conclude their regular season with a game at traditional power South St. Paul. The visitors came out slow and sloppy in their own end during the first period. The Packers scored both of their goals in the first 5:57 of the game. After that the game was pretty even the rest of the way.
Sydney Leonard scored at 5:01 of the third period with the assist going to her sister, junior Taylor Leonard. But the White Hawks couldn’t get the equalizer and fell 2-1. It was a good opponent to play right before Sections.
This Saturday night, Feb. 8, the White Hawks will host the Section semifinal at 7 p.m. against either Delano or Litchfield. Come out and support the White Hawks!