Maple Grove's Stella Retrum (10) chases down a loose puck against North Wright County Saturday. Retrum had two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 6-1 victory over the River Hawks in Maple Grove. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
It seemed like if Maple Grove could get into open space, they’d make something out of it.
Pressure, space and speed helped the Crimson score four goals in the second period of a 6-1 nonconference win over North Wright County (1-1-0, 0-0-0) on Saturday at the Maple Grove Ice Arena.
Forwards Lauren Stenslie, Tristana Tatur and Stella Retrum each scored twice for the Crimson (2-0-1, 1-0-0) in a matchup of teams that finished last season in the coaches’ association’s top-10 rankings in Class 2A.
Something as simple as winning a fight to a loose puck helped the Crimson get plenty of one-on-one opportunities with River Hawks goaltender Anna LaRose, a Maine commit who posted a 1.67 goals-against average last year and had allowed just one goal in North Wright County’s first game this season.
“We pride ourselves on the speed that we can play with, and how hard we can go to pucks and keep pressure on them,” said Maple Grove co-head coach Amber Hegland.
Maple Grove goalie Brooke Cassibo (32) covers the puck to stop play in the second period against North Wright County. Cassibo had 24 saves in the Crimson’s 6-1 victory over the River Hawks Saturday in Maple Grove. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
An offensive flurry in the second period on Saturday helped Maple Grove stay unbeaten, as the Crimson notched four goals in the middle period to secure a 6-1 nonconference win at home over North Wright County.
Lauren Stenslie, Tristana Tatur and Stella Retrum each scored for the Crimson (2-0-1, 1-0-0) in the second period, and each finished with a pair of goals in the game.
The four-goal outburst in the second period came after Maple Grove established a 1-0 lead in the first period when Stenslie scored at the 10:49 mark. The goal came after she pushed through the neutral zone and to the left wing in the River Hawks’ end, before skating to the slot and firing a wrist shot past goaltender Anna LaRose.
Mackenzie Bourgerie had the lone goal for North Wright County (1-1-0, 0-0-0) in the second period, which briefly cut the deficit to 3-1.
LaRose finished with 21 saves for the River Hawks. Brooke Cassibo had 24 saves for the Crimson.
North Wright County's Mackenzie Bourgerie (10) and Maple Grove's Jenna Timm (24) battle for the puck during Saturday afternoon's game. Bourgerie had the River Hawks' lone goal in their 6-1 loss to the Crimson. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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