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Eagan cruises to 11th-straight win, this one against Lakeville North

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 12/20/18, 9:00AM CST


The Wildcats' season-opening 7-2 loss at Wayzata is now a distant memory, and it showed on Thursday.

Brooke Peplinksi (17) used Eagan teammate Maddie Pladson (27) as a screen for a third-period power-play goal. Pladson had her own power-play goal in the second period that broke a 1-1 tie with Lakeville North. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First report

A slow start didn't stop Eagan from winning its 11th straight game over host Lakeville North Thursday at Ames Arena.

After falling behind early on a Panthers' power-play goal from Brooke Power (7-5-12), the Wildcats responded with three unanswered goals in a 3-1 South Suburban Conference victory.

Lakeville North (7-6-0, 6-3-0) took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. But the lead was short-lived, when Emily Cronkhite (12-18-30) scored less than 10 minutes later to even the game at 1-1.

Maddie Pladson broke the tie with her first goal of the season, a power-play goal in the second period, and Brooke Peplinski added on by netting a goal in the third.

Eagan's Ashley Larson made 16 saves on 17 shots, while the Panthers' Kallie Schneider stopped 22 shots.

Not only did the win help Eagan (11-1-0, 9-0-0) extend its monthlong winning streak, but it also helped widen its lead for first place in the South Suburban Conference. Lakeville North entered Thursday as the second-place team behind Eagan, and now every team besides the Wildcats has at least three losses in conference play.

Eagan goalie Ashley Larson watches Lakeville North's Alyssa Antonakis behind the net. Larson stopped 16 of 17 Panther shots in a 3-1 Wildcat victory. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine.

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