Girls hockey team suffers first defeat

This article submitted by Bev Ahlquist, NLS Times editor on 2/18/97.

Paynesville hosted an open invitational hockey tournament the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9, a tournament that handed the girls their first losses of the season.

Saturday morning they played Crow River, a team they had defeated twice before this season, losing to them 4-3. "That was a heartbreaker," said Coach Brad McCool. "Crow River put the winning goal in with five seconds left of the game."

Crow River skated exceptionally well, he said, and it will be a tough game if they have to go against them again.

In the Grand Forks game, played that night, the Trailblazers stayed with the Grand Forks players until the third period. Paula Vogt scored the first goal of the game, unassisted. Courtney Karsch scored a goal in the second period with an assist from Paula Vogt. Rachel Larson scored a goal in the third period, as did Paula Vogt.

"We were tied 3-3 going into the start of the third period," said McCool. Things went downhill from there, and at the buzzer the score was 7-4 in favor of Grand Forks.

The score of Sunday's game ended up at 7-0. It was the Trailblazers all the way. Paula Vogt ended up with a hat trick, plus two more for five goals. Courtney had two goals, and there were a lot of assists.

Team member Olivia Webster, in commenting on the game said, the team worked a lot better Sunday than the previous day. "We passed better and worked better as a team...we worked very, very hard."

The state tournament will be in Grand Rapids, Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. McCool said the girls are going to be skating against some good teams in that tournament.

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