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White Hawks Girls Hockey Takes Two of Three

By Bob Kuehl, 02/01/22, 2:45PM CST



The varsity team on Senior Night

Ali Butler scores on the Minneapolis Storm

With the regular season winding down the Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian girls hockey team won two of the last three games to improve its overall season record to 18-6. 

January 25 saw the Fire of Holy Family come to town and skate away with a 6-0 victory over the home team to win the Wright County Conference Championship. Despite playing much better against the Fire than the first time the teams played, the White Hawks couldn't get any shots by Holy Family goalie Sedona Blair and couldn't completely stop the Fire offense, led by future Gopher Maddie Kaiser and the other forwards. Kaiser would have a hat trick in the game. Sophomore Ashlyn Roth had 32 saves in goal for the White Hawks.

The White Hawks regrouped and traveled to Litchfield on January 28 to take on the Dragons. The outcome was never in doubt, as MWHS/SWC had 27 shots in the opening period while cruising to a 5-0 lead. Sophomore Greer Hardacre led off the scoring just six minutes into the game with assists going to senior Montana Courneya and junior Gretta Pioske. Two minutes later, Courneya made an outstanding play, creating a Dragon turnover and coming up the side boards and firing a nice wrist shot in for an unassisted goal. Four minutes later, sophomore Camryn Hargreaves scored the first of her two goals on the evening with an assist going to sophomore Sage Finck. Pioske got the next goal at the 12:32 mark with assists going to linemates Hardacre and ninth-grader Gisella Harder. Junior Sydney Leonard scored the last goal of the first period, with Hargreaves picking up the assist. 

The pace slowed down in periods 2 and 3, as the outcome was clear.  Hargreaves picked up her second goal at 8:08 of the second frame with assists going to junior Ellie Schmid and Leonard. The Dragons scored a goal late in the second period and early in the third period. Eighth-grader Georgia Harmer finished the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 12:00 mark of the third period. Roth picked up the win in goal with 28 saves.

A rare Monday night game (due to precinct caucus night on Tuesday) saw the White Hawks host the Minneapolis Storm on January 31. It was the last regular season home game of the season for the White Hawks. Eighth-grader Ali Butler started the scoring at the 2:13 mark of the first period when she picked up a Storm errant pass and rushed the puck up the middle of the ice and put a nice wrist shot into the goal.  A defensive error by the White Hawks allowed the Storm to tie the game just a minute later, but Harmer came down and fired in a wrister to put the White Hawks back up 2-1. Assists went to Pioske and junior Tori Lacomy on the play. The period ended with shots being 13-6 in favor of the White Hawks.

Period 2 was rather uneventful with shots 6-4 in favor of MWHS/SWC but no scoring. In the third period, the White Hawks took full control of the game, outshooting the Storm by a 20-4 margin. Hardacre scored just under five minutes into the period with assists going to Hargreaves and Courneya. Hargreaves then scored at the 9:36 mark with assists going to junior Emily Wendorf and Schmid.  Wendorf had made a sensational play entering the zone and setting things up. Roth picked up her 17th win on the season and had 13 stops in goal.

The White Hawks close out their regular season at Hutchinson on Friday, February 4 before starting section play on Saturday, February 12.