The Trojans’ Sloane Matthews scores the game winning goal while picking up her second tally of the evening as the Trojans went on to defeat the Red Knights 2-1 at the St. Louis Park Recreational Center. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Sloane Matthews brings a plethora of skills to the hockey rink each night.
She has all the necessary qualities to be a great hockey player, and it’s shown this season, leading her team with seven goals through five games.
But the one skill that seems to trump them all is speed.
That speed helped her Wayzata squad pick up a big 2-1 win over Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Class 2A action Tuesday night at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
“Her speed is just nasty...it kills,” Wayzata head coach Taylor Williamson said. “Her ability, when she gets it tight with the net and gets that quick shot off...she’s the full package.”
Goaltender Annika Lavender for Wayzata had 28 saves Tuesday night as the Trojans beat the Red Knights 2-1. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Sloane Matthews scored two goals, leading Wayzata to a 2-1 win over Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Class 2A action Tuesday night at St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Both teams had their chances in the opening minutes, but Benilde-St. Margaret's (0-2-1) began to separate itself from the Trojans in the first period. Outshooting Wayzata 10-6, the Red Knights, ranked No. 5 in the Nov. 15 Class 2A Let’s Play Hockey poll, finally found the back of the net when senior forward Mary Zavoral scored with assists from Emma Hoen and Keegan Gustafson.
It was midway through the second period when No. 7-2A Wayzata (5-0) found its footing. Julia Lindahl, Matthews and Courtney Jacobs all had good looks at net before Matthews, on the breakaway, went top shelf. Her sixth goal of the year tied the game up 1-1.
As the third period got started, it was once again the Trojans who seemed to have the upper hand controlling the puck. After two chances at a goal by Mallory Coffin and Olivia Reem, it was once again Matthews who found the spark.
On another breakaway, Matthews made a beautiful move to get past a Red Knight defender, before sliding the puck past goalie Allie Van Stelten at the 8:31 mark of the final period. It was the seventh goal of the season already for Matthews, and it gave Wayzata the game-clinching 2-1 lead, despite being outshot 29-20.
The Red Knights' Mary Zavoral (4) picks up the lone goal for Benilde-St. Margaret's as it loses to Wayzata at home 2-1. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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