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Girls hockey roundup: Johnston’s goal ends Willmar slide

LESUEUR — Annie Johnston’s goal with a 1:31 left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Willmar Cardinals to a 3-2 victory on Friday over LeSueur-Henderson/St. Peter.

Johnston’s second goal of the game helped end a seven-game losing streak.

Linemates Shelby and Riley Schneider aided on the game-winner at 15:29.

The Cardinals poured 55 shots on the Bulldogs’ Veronica Sinell, who was outstanding with 52 saves.

Miranda Roelofs wrap-around goal gave Willmar a 1-0 lead through one.

Johnston scored in the second period when she blocked a point shot and raced up ice and beat two defenders and Sinell to tie the game 2-2 midway through the second stanza.

Johnika Wodash returned to the goal after a one-game absence due to illness and made 22 saves.

Willmar next plays Tuesday at Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference game.

Willmar 3,

LeSueur/HSP 2

Willmar (3-14-1)....................1  1  1 — 3

LeSueurHSP (4-11-1)...........0  0  2 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – W: Miranda Roelofs (Amelia Amon, Shelby Schneider, pp, 3:01

SECOND PERIOD – W: Annie Johnston, sh, 8:50

THIRD PERIOD – LHSP: Bailey Wilmes (Chloe Bachman, Zoe Haugen, 3:06 …. LHSP: Wilmes (Chloe Bachman, Taylor Witte), 4:14 …. W: Johnston (Shelby Schneider, Riley Schneider) 15:29

GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Johnika Wodash 22 … LeSueur-Henderson/St. Peter: Veronica Sinell 52

Central Lakes

River Lakes 5,

Fergus Falls 3

River Lakes overcame a one-goal deficit with a three-goal outburst in the second period and the Stars defeated the Otters in Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference game Friday.

Five players scored goals for the Stars, who trailed 2-1 after the first period.

Four Stars also assisted on goals.

River Lakes goalie Shana Clark made 27 saves to pick up the victory.

River Lakes (5-2, 11-6)........1  3  1 — 5

Fergus Falls (1-6, 5-11-2)....2  0  1 — 3

FIRST PERIOD – RL: Sydney Caron (Jordan King) 8:07 … FF: Lauren Norgren, pp, 10:15 … FF: Lauren Norgren, 15:07

SECOND PERIOD – RL: Sierra Fling (Nicole Ejnik) 2:19 … RL: Allie Stanger (Shelby Teal) 8:00 … RL: Alyssa Meed (Elle Anderson) 15:17

THIRD PERIOD – FF: Annie Magnusson (Hannah Baker, Lauren Norgren), pp, 13:04 … RL: Jodie Kooiman, 16:13

GOALIE SAVES – River Lakes: Shana Clark 27 … Fergus Falls: Katie Shelsta 23