The Crookston Pirates girls' hockey team tried to get a puck past Brainerd Warriors goalie Amie Meyer.
Crookston tried and tried to the tune of 37 attempts Friday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center. Finally, it took two spectacular plays by the Pirates' Marlee Wheelhouse for Crookston to grab a 2-1 overtime victory.
In the extra frame, Wheelhouse stole the puck in the Warriors' zone. She skated the length of the ice, converging on Meyer. As time ticked away she flicked the puck to Amelia Wright. The junior shot on net and snuck in the winning goal with 10.4 seconds left.
"To be honest I'm not sure how they got it out of our zone," said Warriors coach Jim Ernster. "But they came across the blue line and our defenseman went to step. She fell down and they were able to get the puck over to the middle of the ice."
It was Wheelhouse again in the second period who tied the score 1-1. The freshman, who leads the Pirates with 13 goals and 21 points, collected a crossing pass from Laura Carlson and shot the puck in the net.
Pirates 2, Warriors 1
Key: Amelia Wrights goal with 10.6 seconds left in overtime lifted the Crookston Pirates past the Brainerd Warriors
Brainerd's Kim Groen stole the puck at Brainerd's blue line in the first period. She raced the length of the rink, changed directions and put the puck to rest in the back of the net.
"Kim is really strong when she has the puck," said Ernster. "Once she gets the puck it's tough to get it away from her. She's a good shooter. She just came across and made the goalie step laterally, then shot the puck."
Groen's goal and a Brainerd penalty kill that prevented Crookston from scoring on seven power plays were the Warriors' highlights.
"We had a lot of penalties," said Ernster. "But our penalty killers, Macala (Campbell), Hilary (Smith) Aani (Rangen) and Alyssa (Lewandowski) did a fantastic job, along with our defensemen. We've been working on being more aggressive on the kill and not giving the other team time to set up."
Brainerd allowed 37 shots to its 13 attempts.
"Thirteen shots is nothing to hang our hat on, but I thought it was a solid effort," said Ernster. "They only got two goals and that's a credit to Amie. It's also a credit to the girls. Even though they had 37 shots there weren't a lot of quality scoring chances in our opinion."
Note: Junior center Abby Rehberger has left the team to play junior hockey in Colorado for the remainder of the season.
Crookston 0 1 0 1 -- 2
Brainerd 1 0 0 0 -- 1
First period -- 1, B-Kim Groen (unassisted) 8:10
Second period -- 2, C-Marlee Wheelhouse (Laura Carlson) 7:09
Overtime -- 3, C-Amelia Wright (Wheelhouse) 7:49.4
Shots on goal -- B 7 1 4 2 -- 13; C 8 10 16 3 -- 37
Goalies -- B-Amie Meyer (35 saves); C-Amy Burke (12 saves)
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