The Bulldogs girls hockey team broke a four-game losing streak last Friday, Feb. 5, with a big 8-1 victory over Worthington on Senior Night at the Le Sueur Community Center.
Two players also celebrated a personal victory as junior Sophia Doherty and Belle Plaine senior Mary Rella scored their first varsity goals.
Worthington jumped to an early lead with a goal just 33 seconds into the first period. But the Bulldogs wasted no time and tied the game just 1:04 later with a goal by Nicole McCabe, assisted by Emma Seaver and Anna Pavlo.
The setup worked so well that they repeated it just under two minutes later, with Pavlo and Seaver setting McCabe up for another goal.
Roughly 10 minutes in, the Bulldogs shuffled things up a bit. McCabe set a pass to Pavlo, who took aim at the goal. Pavlo’s shot was a little off, but Seaver was nearby and managed to tip it in.
A 3-1 lead was not enough for the Bulldogs, and with just 23 seconds left in the first period, Pavlo scored the team’s fourth goal, off an assist from Lucy Kleschult.
The Bulldogs continued the scoring onslaught in the second period when Pavlo netted her second goal a little more than two minutes into the period.
A mere 11 seconds later, Seaver sunk her second goal, with assists by McCabe and Pavlo.
After that, Doherty, with an assist by Adrianna Bixby, scored her first varsity goal with five minutes to go in the second period.
The Bulldogs experienced their second first varsity goal when Rella, off an assist from Gabrielle Prochaska, sneaked the puck by Worthington with 3:17 left in the second period. Rella plays defense for the Bulldogs and received a hug and fist bumps from her teammates after scoring.
The third period was uneventful as neither team managed to score.
Despite the big win, the Bulldogs and Worthington were fairly even in shots on goal, with the Bulldogs having a slight advantage, 29-26.
Amelia Messer earned the win in the net, with 19 saves on 20 shots on goal in two periods of play. Katie Gurrola played a full period and saved all six goals that came her way.
Luverne Shuts Out Bulldogs
The Bulldogs were hoping for some revenge when they had a rematch with Luverne last Tuesday, Feb. 2, but Luverne was ready and earned a shutout victory, 7-0.
Luverne’s Kamryn Van Batavia proved to be an unstoppable force as she scored four goals and had one assist, including three goals in the first period. Shelby Kracht, Rylee Gee, and Reghan Bork all scored single goals against Bulldogs goalie Messer.
Luverne controlled the puck for the majority of the game, with almost triple the shots on goal as the Bulldogs.
Messer saved 42 of 49 shots on goal, while Luverne’s Mallory Vontersch saved all 17 shots she faced.