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Simley blows past Moose Lake

By Ethan Olson, SportsEngine, 01/24/23, 7:30AM CST


The Spartans notched six goals against the Rebels in Tuesday's decisive victory.

Simley's Mackaylan McGown (13) increased her state-wide lead in assists Tuesday night with three more, plus a goal, in a 6-0 victory over Moose Lake. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Simley's dominant run through this season continued Tuesday night against Moose Lake.

The Spartans entered game averaging 4.73 goals per game this season but passed that mark — spurred on by intense offense led by its senior duo of forwards Mackaylan McGown and Ella Tuccitto — en route to a 6-0 victory.  

The regular season ends for both teams in around a week, but the Spartans (18-4-1) showed no signs of slowing down their regular-season fireworks.

Going into Tuesday’s game, they had only lost once in their previous 16 games. A big reason for this streak is Simley’s impressive attacking duo.  

McGown currently leads all of Minnesota girls hockey in assists, and her three assists against the Rebels only solidified that status. Her first one went to Tuccitto, who buried her 34th goal of the season late in the second period.  

Moose Lake goalie Mallory Hartl fended off Simley's offensive onslaught all night, facing 47 shots in a road loss Jan 24. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

It was a performance that Simley head coach Tom Patnode could be proud of. His Spartans (18-4-1) gave a dominant show against the visiting Moose Lake Area Rebels (11-8-1). In a game that saw the Spartans put up 47 shots on goal, Simley’s star pairing shined. Senior forwards Mackaylan McGown and Ella Tuccitto helped lift the Spartans to a 6-0 win on Tuesday night.  

McGown, the state leader in assists, grabbed three more on Tuesday, putting her tally at 49 for the season. First, she connected with Tuccitto, Simley’s leading goal scorer, late in the second period. That was the goal that seemed to push the game beyond a doubt.  

But then McGown turned up the heat even more in the third period. She assisted twice more less than four minutes into the final period. The trio of McGown, Tuccitto and freshman forward Ella Sanders combined for four goals and six assists in the game.  

On the other side, Moose Lake’s sophomore goalie Mallory Hartl did well to keep damage to a minimum. Hartl showed why she touted a save percentage of .938 on the season. She kept up with the Spartan pressure all night and made some key saves that helped her to a total of 41.  

Simley has now extended its run to 16 wins out of their last 17 games. Meanwhile, Moose Lake falls further into its skid. The Rebels only have two wins in their last nine games as the season inches towards its end.   

Simley senior Ella Tuccitto, and the top scorer on the team, added another goal Tuesday against visiting Moose Lake. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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