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Girls Hockey: Willmar skates past Albert Lea in Austin tourney

AUSTIN -- The Willmar girls hockey team scored three straight goals to overcome a 3-2 deficit and beat Albert Lea 6-4 in the first round of the Austin Invite Monday.

Willmar (8-4) plays the winner of the Northern Edge (Rheinlander, Wis.) and New Prague game at 4 p.m. today in one semifinal.

The teams traded goals in the first period, then Albert Lea's Sophia Jepson gave her team a 3-2 lead at the 8:12 mark.

"We'd score, then they'd come back within a minute or two," said Willmar coach Chad Akerson.

Kayte Cole tied the game with a powerplay goal and Ali Sing gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead with three minutes left.

Willmar's last two goals were on the powerplay from Jennie Mattison and Cole.

"We just took over in the third period with the possession of the puck," Akerson said.

Willmar 6, Albert Lea 4

Willmar (8-4) 2 2 2 -- 6

Albert Lea (4-7) 2 1 1 -- 4

FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Becca Friese (Carlie Friese, Erin Sheehan) 7:39 ... AL: Lauren Klick (Maddie Paffingham) 11:29 ... Wil: Friese (Sam Thompson, Brittany Serbus) 13:39 ... AL: Sophia Jepson (Paffingham) 14:13

SECOND PERIOD - AL: Jepson (Lauren Draayer, Paffingham) 8:12 ... Wil: Kayte Cole (Jennie Mattison) pp, 11:59 ... Wil: Ali Sing (KyLee Hulscher) 14:00

THIRD PERIOD - Wil: Mattison (Cole) pp, 13:42 ... AL: Klick (Draayer) 15:50 ... Wil: Cole (Mattison, B.Friese) pp, 16:51

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Baylie Young 18 ... Albert Lea: not available

River Lakes Invite

River Lakes 6, Pequot Lakes 1

(Semifinals) -- Jenn Paul netted a hat trick and assisted on another goal to help put River Lakes (5-7-1) in today's 7 p.m. championship game against Faribault.

Kelsey Athmann, Megan Bergeson and Erin Porwoll had a goal apiece and Rachel Prozinski pocketed two assists for the Stars.

River Lakes goalie Steph Lucas only had to make seven saves.

Brooke Serfling made 41 saves in the Pequot Lakes net.

Pequot Lakes (3-11) 0 1 0 -- 1

River Lakes (5-7-1) 2 1 3 -- 6

FIRST PERIOD - RL: Jenn Paul (Katie Alexander) 5:37 ... RL: Paul (Megan Bergeson) 11:08

SECOND PERIOD - PL: Emily Erickson (unassisted) 5:57 ... RL: Kelsey Athmann (Paul) 13:45, pp

THIRD PERIOD - RL: Paul (Rachel Prozinski, Erin Porwoll) 2:38 ... RL: Bergeson (Sarah Wenner) 9:04 ... RL: Porwoll (Prozinski) 12:28

GOALIE SAVES - Pequot Lakes: Brooke Serfling 41 ... River Lakes: Steph Lucas 7