The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

January 10, 2013

Mankato East/Loyola defeats Mankato West

MANKATO — The 12th-ranked Mankato East/Loyola girls hockey team found itself in a dogfight with rival Mankato West after one period on Thursday and was in need of a boost.

The Cougars got a big one from senior forward Maddie McCargar.

McCargar scored three goals — a natural hat trick — in a little less than seven minutes, and the Cougars pulled away with a 6-1 Big Nine Conference victory at All Seasons Arena.

“We were a little frustrated with the score,” McCargar said, referring to the 1-1 tie after the first 17 minutes. “We were hoping to be better. We just wanted to prove something.”

McCargar’s first goal, at 1:23, came off a steal in the neutral zone. She maneuvered her way through the defense before shooting a backhand past goalie Maggie Cusey. At 5:52, McCargar started a 3-on-1 rush and centered a pass to Amanda Broman. Cusey stopped Broman’s shot, but McCargar pounced on the rebound. The third goal was a close-range shot at 8:17.

“She’s always gone hard to the net, which is great to see,” coach Nate Fuller said.

McCarger leads the Cougars with 17 goals and 34 points.

“She’s put in a lot of pucks for us,” coach Nate Fuller said. “She takes advantage of her opportunities. ... She’s been an opportunistic scorer.”

East/Loyola scored five goals in the second period. Bella Davis and Kyle Paulson had the others.

In the close first period, the Cougars got on the board first, as Rebekah Kolstad sniped a shot from the slot at 8:45.

But East/Loyola was called for a five-minute major penalty late in the period, and another minor gave West a 5-on-3 power-play down the stretch.

The Cougars killed off the two-player disadvantage, but not the major. With one second to go, the Scarlets’ Julia Snelson beat goalie Katie Paulson from below the left circle, tying the game. Bre Black assisted.

“We were a little frazzled,” Fuller said. “We were a little undisciplined in our penalties and our positioning.”

East/Loyola outshot West 9-7 in the first period and 34-13 for the game.

The Cougars (13-3-0) will play Tuesday at Mound-Westonka. West (4-12-1) plays Saturday at Owatonna.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Cristiano Ronaldo -- TEAMING UP WITH LIL WAYNE ... Rapper Starting Sports Management Biz McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve World Cup Hero Mario Gotze -- HALF-NAKED MUD BATH ... With Hot Model GF RG3 answers critics, grateful for coaches' support Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns Control Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Jack White's Cub Face Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Eli, Giants learning new offense How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Boy With Life-Threatening Tumor Gets Wish To Visit PNC Park, Meet Cutch