South St. Paul's Annie Felton (14) breaks toward the slot during the first period of Thursday night’s Class 1A, Section 4 final. The Packers defeated the Wildcats 4-2 to advance to next week’s state tournament. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
South St. Paul is headed back to the state tournament for the second time in three seasons.
The Packers prevailed in a battle between scoring and defense, winning 4-2 to clinch the Class 1A, Section 4 title over visiting Chisago Lakes.
The Wildcats entered Thursday's game averaging 4.5 goals per game of offense. Meanwhile, the Packers had only allowed 1.8 goals per game this season.
South St. Paul's Ashley Jerikovsky scored a goal in Thursday night’s Class 1A, Section 4 final against Chisago Lakes. The Packers defeated the Wildcats 4-2 at Doug Woog Arena in South St. Paul. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
A 4-2 win vs. Chisago Lakes Thursday clinched South St. Paul’s spot in the state tournament for the second time in three seasons.
The Packers (15-10-2) never trailed in the Class 1A, Section 4 championship game, leading 2-1 after two periods with goals from Lilie Ramirez and Ashley Jerikovsky. Danielle Brunette scored for the Wildcats’ first period goal.
After Sarah Wincentsen scored early in the third period, Danielle Burgen responded with a goal for Chisago Lakes (13-14-1) at the seven minute, 46 second mark to cut the deficit to 3-2.
But a shorthanded goal by Eva Beck gave the Packers an insurance goal they did not end up needing.
Delaney Norman made 19 saves to help clinch the section championship for South St. Paul. Chisago Lakes goaltender Brianna Ritter stopped 26 shots.
Chisago Lakes' Danielle Burgen carries the puck into the offensive zone against South St. Paul Thursday night. The Wildcats fell to the Packers 4-2 at Doug Woog arena in South St. Paul. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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