Three Majettes net hat tricks in rout

Minot High freshman Mackinzy MacIver outhustled the Jamestown defense for her first two goals.

Then she just got straight-up fancy on her third, which gave the Magicians a four-goal lead at the first intermission of their 12-1 rout over the Blue Jays on Friday at Maysa Arena.

The second-year forward nabbed a mishandled puck near the Jamestown blue line, outraced a Blue Jay defender and deked twice before finishing glove side with a nifty back-handed flip.

“Defense was at the top and they were kind of struggling,” MacIver said of her goal, which put Minot ahead 4-0 with 20 seconds left in the first period. “I just pressured them and they gave it right to me and I took off with them going behind me. I just deked out the goalie. I knew her weak side.”

MacIver, who posted four goals and three assists during her eighth-grade campaign, already has eight points – including two hat tricks – in three games this year.

She jostled for the puck, glided from right to left behind the net and then finished for the game’s first lamp-lighter 2 minutes, 41 seconds into the contest. Then she tapped in a loose puck on the doorstep for her second 2:11 later. Minot coach Weylin Wahlstrom said she has a knack for outworking opponents.

“It’s funny, you go through all these Xs and Os and talk about systems and where you’re supposed to be and what you’re supposed to do,” he said, “but working hard is priority No. 1. And she came out in the game and was working harder than everyone on the ice and it showed.”

The Majettes (2-1 overall, 1-0 West Region) had two other players with hat tricks in senior forward Alaynee Thompson and sophomore forward Kinsey Hanson.

Thompson, Minot’s leader in goals (eight) and points (12), scored four times and recorded two assists. Like MacIver, she notched a hat trick in the Majettes’ 14-0 season-opening win against Devils Lake.

“Alaynee’s been playing really well for us all year,” Wahlstrom said. “I think she’s gonna have a real successful senior year.

“All of her goals were right there. A couple back-doors off the faceoff that actually worked out real well.”

Hanson completed her hat trick with a deft finish at 15:20 of the third period – during running time. She’s already matched her scoring output as a freshman with four goals this year.

“The biggest thing that we came away with is that we’ve gotta keep plugging away no matter what the score is,” Wahlstrom said.

Also scoring for Minot were sophomore Alissa Ewan and junior Taryn Love. All three of senior forward Makaila Anderson’s assists came on Thompson goals.

Senior goaltender Sydney Swanson turned away 14 shots, while Jamestown’s Nicole Mayland had 33 saves. Blue Jays freshman forward Elly Milender caught Swanson off-guard for a power-play goal in the second period that cut Minot’s lead to 5-1.

The Majettes host Fargo South-Davies (2-2) at 2 p.m. today.

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot High athletics and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.