Girls Hockey Remains Undefeated Against a Tough Adversary

Northfield started the New Year with a well-earned 3-1 win over the Crookston Pirates at the Northfield Ice Arena on Friday, January 5. Their impressive 16-0 (7-0, Big Nine) record means they are the only undefeated team in the State.

The first period ended 1-0, with Northfield’s Ayla Puppe capitalizing on a quick rush during the power play for her 38th season goal. Despite having no points on the scoreboard in the 1st period, the Crookston Pirates matched the Raiders shot for shot.

Senior Captain Ayla Puppe uses her speed on the power play to beat two defenders and sneak the puck past Crookston’s Kambelle Freije 7:54 into the first period. This will be Puppe’s 38th goal and 65th point of the season.

The Raiders entered the second period with a 1-0 lead; however, this did not dampen the Pirate’s spirit. Crookston had two more opportunities on the power play, but Northfield’s goaltender, Macy Mueller, stood strong with the help of Northfield’s excellent penalty kill crew. Senior Captain Grace McCoshen scored Northfield’s second goal from the point, bringing the score to 2-0.

#11 Grace McCoshen scores Northfield’s second goal from a well-placed shot from the point 13 minutes and 17 seconds into the second period, her 11th goal and 29th point of the season. Assists from Emerson Garlie (13) and Alya Puppe (9).

At the beginning of the third period, Northfield added to their lead with a second goal from McCoshen, bringing the score to 3-0. Crookston then drew three penalties, giving them a final chance to keep the game going.

Senior Captain Grace McCoshen (11) scores her second goal in the game at 5 minutes and 31 seconds into the third period. McCoshen managed to drive home a rebound from a shot by Ayla Puppe (9) to bring the score to 3-0. This was Grace McCoschen’s 12th goal and 30th point.

Right after Northfield finished defending their penalty, Crookston’s 8th grade captain, Jocelyn Field, scored off a backhand to bring the score to 3-1. Despite giving up a goal, Northfield continued to play lockdown defense even after Crookston pulled the goalie in a last-minute attempt.

The Raider girls’ hockey team looks to keep their streak going as they play Benilde St. Margaret at home on Tuesday, January 9th.