By AJ Reisetter
Emerson Garlie’s second-period power play goal wasn’t enough for the Raiders in a 2-1 loss to the Lakeville North Panthers Tuesday night at the Northfield Ice Arena. Sophomore Macy Mueller finished with 24 saves on 26 shots for the Raiders in a hard-fought game between the pipes. This was the Raider’s first loss since November 26th when they fell to Crookston 4-2.
Addison Bowlby put the Panthers up in the first period on a backhanded rap around the left post for her ninth goal of the season. Late in the second Ayla Puppe roped a shot from in between the circles and a streaking Garlie was able to tip it into the back of the net to tie the game up 1-1 for her ninth goal of the season. However, Ashley Wagenbach answered with a slap shot right inside the blue line seconds before the end of the period for her fifth goal of the season to give the Panthers the lead and the win.
Northfield went 1-4 against a stout power play defense that had a 94.1% power play kill coming into Tuesday night. Lakeville North was held to zero points on two power play opportunities.
Kaia Weiland finished the night for the Panthers with 36 saves on 37 attempts.
The Girl’s team is back in action next Wednesday against East Ridge in the Schmitz Holiday Classic at the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena in Farmington.