Monday, December 29th, 2018, the Northland Pines Girls Hockey Team faced the Lakeland & Tomahawk co-op to determine the Great Northern Conference champions. The starting players were Gabby Herfindahl, Cameron Ramesh, Abby Ahlborn, Hannah Kramsvogel, Kia Dalka, and Piper Snedden between the pipes.
The first period began with a Lakeland penalty two and a half minutes in for interference. The Lady Eagles were able to take advantage of the powerplay, as Hannah Kramsvogel took a shot from the point and buried it top shelf. Pines kept the momentum going and was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone for the majority of the period. Lakeland earned a checking from behind penalty and a checking penalty, giving the Eagles a power play for much of the period. Kailey Godfrey saw an opening back door of Piper Snedden and was positioned perfectly for a one timer pass from the corner, resulting in a Lakeland goal. Later in the period, Abby Ahlborn slid one past the Lakeland goaltender, bringing the score to 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Quickly at the beginning of the second period, Pines center, Gabby Herfindahl sent a hard shot on net from just above the circles, scoring the Eagles another top shelf goal. Shortly after, McKenzie Ebert received a hooking penalty, putting Pines on the penalty kill for the next two minutes. Seconds after Ebert got out of the box, Rylie Flohr circled around the net and stepped out for a five hole goal in Lakeland’s favor. The rest of the period was played mostly in the neutral zone. Pines still lead 3-2 at the end of the second period.
At the start of the third period, Pines defender, Emma Sima, received a penalty for tripping two minutes in. Shortly after Sima returned to the ice, Lakeland took a shot at Snedden, stopping the puck with a kick save, but Callie Johnson was able to get another shot just over Snedden’s leg pad. Not ten seconds after, Lakeland center, Asucena Boyer won an offensive zone face off and walked in for a shot and a goal, Lakeland now leading 4-3 at seven minutes into the final period. With five minutes remaining, Lakeland secured their win with a hard shot from the point by Rylie Flohr. It was a well fought game, but Lakeland came out on top with the final score being 5-3.
With the win over Pines, the Lakeland & Tomahawk co-op have taken control of the Conference, with only two more games on their schedule for Conference matchups.
The Northland Pines Girls Hockey Team plays again on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 against Medford at seven o’clock for Senior Night at the dome.
*Article by Piper Snedden