Park girls hockey: Park girls hockey Powerhouse Stillwater too much for WolfpackA competitive game against Cretin-Derham Hall ended in a 2-2 tie, and Stillwater defeated Park 4-0 in a tough week in the Suburban East Conference for the Wolfpack girls hockey team.
By: Teresa Townsend, South Washington County Bulletin
A competitive game against Cretin-Derham Hall ended in a 2-2 tie and Stillwater defeated Park 4-0 in a tough week in the Suburban East Conference for the Wolfpack girls hockey team.
Park (8-7-2; 4-5-1 SEC) started strong in their Jan. 3 game at Cretin. Mary Turitto (with assists Anna Keys and Alicia Wagenman) scored a power-play goal, finishing the first period 1-0. But Cretin limited Park’s shots to two in a scoreless second period while making nine shots of their own. Although Cretin tied the game midway through the third period, a goal from Allie Thalhuber (assists Turitto and Caitlin Quinn) immediately gave Park the lead until Cretin’s power-play goal 10 seconds later tied the game at 2-2.
“Both teams played a very fast pace for all three periods,” Park head coach Steve Morse said. “We had contributions from all our players and everyone worked hard and competed. We are looking forward to the rematch in our last conference game in February.”
Park continued to play with good effort in their Jan. 7 game at home against Stillwater, they were outmatched by the 12th-ranked Ponies (10-5-1; 7-2-1 SEC).
Park maintained a scoreless first period against Stillwater. But the ‘Pack was unable to keep up the necessary momentum and eventually fell to 4-0.
“We started the first period with good speed, a good hard work ethic, and ended the period feeling pretty good tied at 0-0. But, we didn’t match Stillwater’s effort in the second period and took penalties that came from not working as hard as they did. When a good team works hard you have to not only match their effort, you have to exceed it. We simply got out-worked in the second and third periods.”
Next, Park will play at Forest Lake (4-10; 1-7-2 SEC) on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and will have a rematch with fifth-ranked Roseville (12-2-2; 10-0 SEC) at home on Tuesday, Jan. 17.