Junior Brooke Pioske (17) followed her first-period shot that resulted in the game's first goal, kicking off Mound Westonka's 3-1 victory over Fergus Falls. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
On paper, it appeared to be a smooth week for Mound Westonka, with the White Hawks’ schedule showing just one game — Friday’s 3-1 home victory over Fergus Falls.
That stat line, however, hardly tells the story of Mound Westonka’s week.
The past seven days the White Hawks had 21 girls miss time due to illness, which resulted in sparsely attended practices and ultimately a game postponement. Despite those obstacles, the White Hawks made it look easy as they cruised to a 3-0 lead entering the third period against Fergus Falls, helping secure their fifth win in six games this season.
According to Mound Westonka co-coach Bob Kuehl, players caught the illness during a trip a couple of weeks ago. That illness forced the majority of the varsity team to the bench, which meant the White Hawks, ranked No. 4 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, had to postpone their game Tuesday with South St. Paul to Feb. 1.
Junior forward Avery Finck smiled after scoring to give Mound Westonka a 3-0 lead. The White Hawks beat Fergus Falls 3-1. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Friday’s tilt at Thaler Arena in Mound showed two teams going in different directions, with Mound Westonka winning for the fifth time this season in a 3-1 defeat of Fergus Falls, a team that lost its fourth consecutive tilt.
Mound Westonka (5-1, 0-0) put shots on net throughout the evening, and cashed in during the first period as junior captain Brooke Pioske snuck a backhand shot into the net to give the White Hawks an early 1-0 lead.
In the second period, junior Brittney Davis doubled the lead for the White Hawks, who are ranked No. 4 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll. Later in the period, junior Avery Finck added a goal on a hard shot to make it 3-0.
Fergus Falls (2-5, 0-2) struggled to find the back of the net as Mound Westonka junior goalie Callie Nelson stopped 20 shots and did not allow a goal until junior Ellie Andersen tallied her fourth goal of the season during a third-period power play.
Otters goaltender Lexi Metcalf, an eighth-grader, stopped 26 shots in the loss.
Fergus Falls goalie Lexi Metcalf (1), an eighth-grader, lost her balance as she tried to stop a second-period shot. Brittney Davis scored on the play to give Mound Westonka a 2-0 lead. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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