There must be a mistake on the program. After three games Emily Erickson has seven goals, including two hat tricks. One of those hat tricks came during Pequot Lakes' 4-3 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek. It was the first win for the revived program.
What make's Erickson's accomplishment's impressive is not that she's on a first-year program, but she's in eighth grade.
"Last year I scored a lot, but I wasn't expecting to score a lot this year," said Erickson. "I figured high school was going to be tough. The girls would be bigger so I couldn't just skate around them as much."
PL hockey player Emily Erickson recorded a hat trick as the revived program notched its first victory recently.
The 13-year-old scored her first goal at the 16:15 mark of the first period against LP-GE/W-DC. Her second goal came at 7:02 of the second and, in the third, she scored at 3:58 to break a 3-3 tie and hand the Patriots the win.
"Emily has a certain drive once she hits the ice during games," said Pequot head coach Pat Meacham. "She's a good stickhandler. Even though she's an eighth-grader she is a team leader. She really shows her drive to get that puck in the net and take over the game."
Erickson scored her first hat trick in a 7-4 loss to Morris/Benson in her second varsity game.
The first-line forward teams with eighth-grader Kaylyn Eggena and freshman Amanda Carlson. She attributed much of her success to her wings and says the three pass the puck well to each other.
That could help Erickson reach her goal.
"There's a list of the top-20 scorers in high school hockey in the state," said Erickson, who also plays volleyball and golf. "I want to be on that list. I also just want my team to do the best we can and go as far as we can."
Year: Eighth grade
School: Pequot Lakes
Key stat: Scored a hat trick in Pequot's first win
If Erickson continues her scoring success that could be far. She certainly has made Meacham's first head coaching stint go smoothly.
"When you can have someone that can score like that it makes my job a lot easier," said Meacham. "It's nice because other girls on the team are assisting on those goals. We're getting scoring from all three lines.
"As great as it is to have that one player who can put the puck in the net, you can't revolve around one player. We've been getting good play from everyone and that helps Emily, too."
Opposing coaches will get to know Erickson for many years to come, but she's not the only one. Of the 16 girls on the Patriots' roster, none are seniors. Only one is a junior and six are eighth-graders.
"We've played together since we started, ever since Mites," said Erickson. "We're all close on and off the ice.
"Because of that I think we've played way better than I thought we would for a first-year team."
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Paige Beseman, Little Falls, had 18 points and 19 rebounds against Pierz and 18 points against St. Cloud Tech and 25 points against Pequot Lakes.
Katie Hochsprung, Little Falls, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Pierz.
Brooke Simonson, Staples-Motley, scored 20 points against Crosby-Ironton and 22 against Cass Lake-Bena.
Nikki Pearson, Staples-Motley, scored 18 points against Crosby-Ironton and 22 against Cass Lake-Bena.
Kylie Beltz, Pequot Lakes, scored 17 points against Park Rapids.
Shauna Maurer, Pillager, scored 21 points against Eagle Valley and 16 against Menahga.
Kaari Jensen, Pierz, had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Foley.
Emily Mehr, Aitkin, finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and five assists against Rush City and scored 16 points against Deer River.
Meredith Chaput, Aitkin, scored 25 points against Deer River.
Mindy Howard, Pequot Lakes, scored 23 points against Little Falls.
Kirsten Noska, Pequot Lakes, scored 21 points against Little Falls.
Gymnastics: Teri Stein, Little Falls, won the all-around with 32.075 points against Alexandria.
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