The Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian girls hockey team enters section play on a three-game winning streak. The latest victory was a 7-0 shutout of conference foe Hutchinson last Friday night, February 4.
Sophomore Greer Hardacre got the White Hawks on the board after a tic-tac-toe passing play from linemates junior Gretta Pioske and ninth-grader Gisella Harder at the 8:08 mark of the opening period. Five minutes later, sophomore Camryn Hargreaves got a power play goal on a tip of a shot by junior Sydney Leonard. Pioske also added an assist on the play. The score would remain 2-0 as the teams left the ice at the end of the period, with the White Hawks holding a 17-4 advantage in shots.
Leonard started the second period off with a shorthanded goal just 41 seconds into the period. Fifteen minutes would go by before MWHS/SWC would get another goal, this time Leonard on a nice rush off a Hardacre pass. A minute later, Leonard fed a beautiful pass to junior Tori Lacomy, who put one in from almost the blue line to make the score 5-0 at the end of two periods. Shots for the period were again in favor of the visitors by a 14-3 margin.
Junior Lauren McQuillan took over in goal for the third period and had to make a couple of nice saves early in the period to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard. The two eighth-graders on the varsity, Ali Butler and Georgia Harmer, scored for the second consecutive game to make the final margin 7-0. Butler's was on a nice rush up the ice and Harmer's was off a rebound with just under a minute left in the game. Harder and Pioske assisted on the goal.
The White Hawks received the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Section 5A playoffs, behind Orono and Holy Angels. They will host sixth-seeded Breck on Saturday, February 12, at Thaler arena. Game time is 7:15 p.m. Hopefully the team can continue playing good hockey in the postseason.