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Park senior Paige Hill and the Wolfpack beat South St. Paul last week for their first win of the season. (Submitted photo by Steve Rooker)

Park girls hockey: Wolfpack notch first win

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Maira Houle and Hailey Nadeau-Robinson each scored goals as the Park Wolfpack girls hockey team notched its first win of season.

The Wolfpack beat the South St. Paul Packers 2-1 on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Houle scored on a power play for the Wolfpack at the 16:28 mark in the first period for a 1-0 lead. Dani Perry assisted on the goal. Nadeau-Robinson gave the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead on assists from Mariah Troje and Abby Kirsch in the second period.

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The Wolfpack stopped South St. Paul on the power play seven times, allowing only one power play goal.

The Packers held the edge on shots, 29-28. The Wolfpack held on for the win after Brigette Miller’s power play goal that cut the Wolfpack lead to a goal in the third period. Press stopped 28 shots in earning her first win in net for the season, and she had a .966 save percentage.

The Wolfpack followed up the win with a tie against Hastings 1-1 at the Cottage Grove Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Raiders had out-shot the Wolfpack 39-28, but the Wolfpack also stopped all four of the Raiders’ power plays.

Houle put the Wolfpack on the board first with a goal in the first period on an assist from Maddy Jeske at the 9:22 mark. Sami Claussen tied the game for the Raiders. Press had 38 saves and a .974 save percentage.

The Wolfpack (1-7-1, 0-4-1 Suburban East) have rebounded from a 0-7 start with a 1-0-1 mark the past two games. They had dropped to 0-7 when they fell 4-0 to Mounds View at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Mustangs scored two first-period goals and never looked back. The Wolfpack were outshot 29-10. Press stopped 25 shots in goal for the Wolfpack.

This week, the Wolfpack hosted White Bear Lake on Tuesday and will play at Stillwater on Saturday.

—Matthew Davis

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