By Shane Frederick
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — Taryn Juberien is the Waseca girls hockey team’s all-time leading scorer, so if anyone was going to take over Thursday evening’s nonconference game against Mankato West, she’d be the easy pick.
Sure enough, the senior forward scored the last four goals in a 7-4 victory at All Seasons Arena.
“I wouldn’t say I tried to take over,” Juberien said. “I’d say I tried to keep the team together and keep it going. We wanted that game a lot.”
Waseca had seen a 3-1 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit in the second period, but Juberien turned the tide.
Her impressive zone-to-zone rush through the defense for a goal tied the game with 66 seconds remaining in the second, and her rebound goal on the power-play just 40 seconds into the third, changed the momentum. A 4-on-4 goal and an empty-netter gave her the natural hat trick plus one.
“She started slow but gained momentum as the game went on,” Bluejays coach Kyle Collins said.
Juberien now has 140 career points.
Waseca survived the penalty-plagued game that included three major penalties against West. Of the 11 total goals, seven came on special teams.
That included the Scarlets’ first goal, a short-hander by Callie Looft late in the first period. Waseca tied it up less than two minutes later on Katelyn Miller’s power-play goal.
The Bluejays went up by two goals 6 1/2 minutes into the second on scores by Maddy Knoll and Olivia McIntosh, but West responded with three straight scores, including the last two on the power play. Macenzie Hays, Bre Black and Julia Snelson gave West the 4-3 lead with 2:15 remaining in the second.
“We let them back in the game,” Collins said. “But it was nice to see us tie it up.”
Which Juberien did a little more than a minute later.
“We really picked it up in the second period,” she said. “We came out strong and kept going. We did a nice job passing on all of those penalties.”
Alicia Knoll finished with three assists for Waseca, and Mackenzie Jorgenson had two.
For West, Snelson led the way with a goal and two assists. Hays and Black each added an assist to their totals.
The Scarlets (4-13-1) will host Owatonna on Tuesday. Waseca (10-6-0) will host Albert Lea Saturday.