Girls' hockey: Offensive mindset starts to pay off for Wolfpack
The Park girls' hockey team decided to emphasize offense this season, and the decision has started to pay off in 2018.
Park is 3-0 in games played since New Year's Day, building on that streak with wins against Rosemount and North/Tartan.
Wolfpack head coach Steve Morse said Park entered this season with a new mindset to be more aggressive on offense and carry the puck up ice. The change has started to pay off as the Wolfpack won two games this week with a combined 11 goals on offense.
"There are a lot of other girls who can put the puck in the net," Morse said. "When we get possession, we want five girls playing offense."
Park's scoring last week started with a 7-2 win against Rosemount on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and a 4-1 victory against North/Tartan on Thursday, Jan. 11.
Adie Stienke and Alli Lentz each scored three points in Tuesday's home win against Rosemount. Both scored two goals and added one assist. Shauna Miller, Megan Morris and Makayla Krohn each added one goal.
Stienke again scored twice and added an assist in the 4-1 win in Thursday's home win against North/Tartan. Tina Press added one goal and three assists, with Alivia Kons also scoring a goal. Goaltender Jocelyn Veary made 18 saves on 19 shots.
Park started its year with a 3-2 win against White Bear Lake on Jan. 6.
Morse said the winning streak is likely due to the players getting more comfortable with the team's systems they put in place at the start of the season.
"They are making some adjustments," Morse said of the players. "They are playing really well. They are moving the puck. We've got all kinds of girls scoring goals."
Morse also gave some credit to goaltender Veary. With an aggressive mindset on offense, sometimes the goaltender has been faced with increased pressure to make saves with opposing players breaking down the ice.
"We've hung her out to dry plenty of times, and she's stepped up and stopped a lot of breakaways, a lot of odd-man rushes," Morse said. "She's keeping us in the game."
The Wolfpack are 9-8-1 this season and 4-4-1 in the Suburban East Conference.
Raptors go 2-0 on week
The East Ridge girls' hockey team won two Suburban East Conference games last week to break a previous four-game losing streak.
East Ridge won games against White Bear Lake and Woodbury to get back into the win column. East Ridge defeated the Bears 5-2 at HealthEast Sports Center. Fiona Claugherty finished with five points in the game, scoring two goals and adding three assists. Siobhan Claugherty, Kaitlyn Lorbiecki and Mac Newman each also scored goals.
Fiona Claugherty scored a hat trick in East Ridge's 7-1 victory against Woodbury. Katie Flynn also scored two goals, with Morgan Werner and Anne Larsen also scoring once.
Lexie Decker scored Woodbury's lone goal.
East Ridge is 8-11 this season, with a record of 6-5 in Suburban East Conference games.