Blue Devils hang on to grab hold of the Mid-State
Two Prairie Centre shorthanded faceoff wins in the defensive zone during the final 13 seconds of the game allowed a pair of puck clearances out of harm’s way to preserve a 3-2 Mid-State Conference girls hockey victory over Detroit Lakes at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday, Jan. 10.
Karrigan Hallisey got the Lakers back in the game scoring on a Lily Burnside assist in front of the Blue Devils net with less than two minutes remaining in the game to pull within a goal.
DL head coach Scott Piepkorn pulled goalie Leah Honer with under a minute to play and senior defenseman Payton Carlblom was tripped at the blue line entering the zone sending Prairie Centre sophomore Anna Nedoroscik to the penalty box with 13.5 seconds on the clock.
Prairie Centre iced the puck after winning the initial faceoff and skated out of the zone after taking the subsequent drop of the puck to seal the victory.
Reece Ritter opened the scoring on the power play to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead they took to intermission.
Hallisey scored her first of the game unassisted at even strength early in the second period but was quickly answered by the Devils’ Ally Ecker to go up on DL 2-1.
Nedoroscik tallied early in the third to stretch the lead to two goals.
Hallisey (2G) and Ecker (1G, 1A) had multi-point efforts.
Mackenzie Och made 28 saves to earn the victory. The Blue Devils only put 13 shots on goal but made them count. Honer stopped 10.
Prairie Centre swept the season series from DL and bumped a game over .500 at 9-8 overall, 4-0 in the Mid-State. Prairie Centre can claim the conference championship with a victory over Northern Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Long Prairie.
Detroit Lakes completed their Mid-State schedule with a record of 2-4 and dropped to 4-11 overall. The Lakers host Fergus Falls (14-5) Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The Otters defended home ice in the season opener defeating DL 5-2.
PC 1 1 1 - 3
DL 0 1 1 - 2
P - Reece Ritter (power play) (Kaitlyn Cebulla, Ally Ecker)
D - Karrigan Hallisey (even strength)
P - Ally Ecker (even strength) (Brenna Bick)
P - Anna Nedoroscik (even strength) (Shelby Otte)
D - Karrigan Hallisey (even strength) (Lily Burnside)