Minot unable to find more magic in loss to Fargo South-Davies
GRAND FORKS – After a draining come-from-behind overtime victory Friday, the Minot High School girls hockey team didn’t have much left in the tank for its fifth-place state tournament game Saturday.
The Majettes couldn’t mount a dramatic rally for the second straight game, losing 6-1 to Fargo South-Davies at Olympic Arena to settle for sixth place.
“They played with so much emotion yesterday that it’s hard to bounce back,” MHS coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “We hoped we could play with the same amount of emotion today. I give the girls credit. They played with everything they had left. I’m proud of the seniors, I’m proud of the younger girls for stepping up. Overall, it was a good season.”
Much like in the opening-round game on Thursday, Minot allowed three first-period goals and dug itself too big of a hole to climb out of. FS-D’s Summer Hayes opened the scoring at six minutes, 22 seconds of the first period before Alex Woken added the Bruins’ second two minutes later.
Lindsay LaMont capped off the first-period scoring for the Bruins at 13:00.
The Majettes managed just three shots on goal in the opening 17 minutes and spent the majority of the frame in their defensive zone. Minot goaltender Karlee Galvin – playing in the final game of her career – faced heavy pressure all game. The senior recorded 22 saves before being replaced by fellow senior Hannah Thom with five minutes remaining in the third period. The Majettes were outshot 29-17.
“We had our bumps,” Wahlstrom said. “We couldn’t score, and if you don’t score you don’t win. As far as effort, A-plus, but in the scoring column, we have to go back to work and fix that for next year.”
Another one of Minot’s six seniors got the Majettes on the scoreboard. Forward Angie Lothspeich knocked home a rebound in front of the net at 7:54 of the third period to end FS-D’s shutout hopes. The Majettes took advantage of a rare 2-on-1 opportunity as Lothspeich skated alongside junior forward Makaila Anderson. Anderson opted to take it herself, but after Bruins goaltender Emily Grothmann made the initial save Lothspeich was in position to swat the puck into the net.
“It’s been such an honor,” senior forward Jessie Kongelf said of competing with the Majettes. “We all have so much heart. I’m proud of every single one of our girls. It was the most emotional week I’ve ever had in my life.”
Grothmann finished with 16 saves.
Woken netted her second tally of the game in the final minutes to push the lead back to five. Woken’s power-play goal was the only tally with the extra skater yielded by either team. The Bruins finished 1-of-5 on the power play, while the Majettes were unsuccessful on their five opportunities.
MHS finished the season 11-14.
“We just have to look to the future now that they have their feet wet a little bit,” Wahlstrom said. “They know what to expect at the state tournament and hopefully we can carry on from there.”