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Girls Hockey: Cardinals topple Austin in shootout to win invite

WILLMAR — Annie Johnston’s goal in an overtime shootout lifted the Willmar Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Austin Packers on Saturday at the Cardinal Arena.

Goalie Johnika Wodash rejected all three Austin shots in the shootout.

Willmar’s second straight win after five losses to open the season gave the Cardinals first place in the Girls Hockey Classic.

Riley Schneider, from Johnston, tied the game 1-1 in the first three minutes of the second frame.

The Packers (3-5) went up again, 2-1, a minute later on a tally by Myla Hoium. It stayed that way into the ninth minute of the third period.

The JV combination eighth-grader Hannah Kobienia from freshman Brooke Oveson and eighth-grader Natasha Turrubiates connected at 8:28 to knot it up 2-2. It was Kobienia’s first varsity goal.

The 8-minute overtime passed without a score. The shootout followed. Austin goalie Mara Overby turned away scoring attempts by Shelby Schneider and Riley Schneider but Johnston was able to break the ice.

Wodash ended with 25 saves and Overby 34.

Willmar 3, Austin 2

Austin (3-5)        0 2 0 0 — 2

Willmar (2-5)      0 1 1 1 — 3

FIRST PERIOD – no scoring

SECOND PERIOD – A: Chloe Summerfield (Brandi Myers, Myla Hoium) 1:49 … W: Riley Schneider (Annie Johnston) 2:54 … A: Hoium 4:02

THIRD PERIOD – W: Hannah Kobienia (Brooke Oveson, Natasha Turrubiates) 8:28

OVERTIME – No scoring

SHOOTOUT– W: Johnston

GOALIE SAVES – Austin: Mara Overby 34… Willmar: Johnika Wodash 25

Third Place


Morris/Benson Area goalie Holli Christians stopped 47 shots but the Blue Devils of Long Prairie-Grey Eag-le/Wadena-Deer Creek snuck through goals in the first and last periods.

MBA (0-4)           0 0 0 — 0

LPWDC (4-4)       1 0 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – LP: Abigail Ecker (Ashley Helseth) 14:10

SECOND PERIOD – No scoring

THIRD PERIOD – LP: McKayla Woods (McKenzie Christianson, Kylee Damm) 12:49

GOALIE SAVES – LPGE/WDC: Angela Hanson 10 … Morris/Benson Area: Holli Christians 47