South St. Paul's Delaney Norman (37) turns aside a Duluth Marshall shot during the third period Saturday. Norman recorded her second shutout of the season in the Packers’ 1-0 victory over the Hilltoppers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
South St. Paul's Brynn Sexauer (20) battles Duluth Marshall's Isabella Kartch (10) during the first period Saturday night. Sexauer scored on a rebound in overtime to give the Packers a 1-0 victory over the Hilltoppers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
South St. Paul's Brynn Sexauer followed a simple recipe to score her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
"We talked all game about crashing the net," the senior forward said. "So I crashed the net, and when a shot by Lilie Ramirez popped out to me, I just buried it."
Sexauer's goal, which came at 1:54 of overtime, was the only goal in the Packers' victory over Duluth Marshall at Doug Woog Arena Saturday. And while it may not have been very artistic, South St. Paul coach Dave Palmquist thought the goal was a work of art.
"Going into the overtime, we said, 'Every shot is a good shot,'" he said. "We weren't looking for anything pretty. We got a shot on net, and Brynn Sexauer was our best forward tonight because of the way she crashed the net."
Sexauer's goal, and the fine play in net by freshman Delaney Norman, gave South St. Paul, ranked sixth in the Class 1A coaches' poll, the win that improved its season record to 3-1.
Norman stopped all 16 shots she faced to earn her second shutout of the year.
Duluth Marshall's Maren Friday (54) tries to avoid a loose stick as she cuts toward the middle of the ice against South St. Paul. The Hilltoppers fell to the Packers 1-0 in overtime in South St. Paul Saturday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
South St. Paul's Brynn Sexauer scored just 1:54 into overtime to give the Packers a 1-0 victory over Duluth Marshall at Doug Woog Arena Saturday.
Early in overtime South St. Paul sophomore Lilie Ramirez took a shot from the boards that was stopped by Hilltoppers' junior goaltender Charlesa Prior. But the rebound found the stick of Sexauer, and the senior scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season to give the Packers, ranked No. 6 in the Class 1A coaches' poll, the victory.
South St. Paul outshot the visitors 28-16 and improved to 3-1 on the season while No. 7-1A Duluth Marshall fell to 2-3.
Prior was solid in net and finished with 27 saves for the Hilltoppers. South St. Paul goaltender Delaney Norman, a freshman, stopped all 16 shots she faced to record her second shutout this season.
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