Pioneer-Skipper girls hockey a battle royale

The Minnetonka Skippers sailed into Aldrich Arena Dec. 7 for a girls hockey contest with the Hill-Murray Pioneers. 

When it was all over the Skippers had to feel lucky to board the bus with a 3-2 overtime win. 

Their lucky break: the fact that shots-on-goal didn’t factor in the final decision.

Hill-Murray owned that advantage at game’s end of 39-28, but the other number on the scoreboard favored Minnetonka. 

The Skippers gained a first period advantage with a power play goal at 14:57. 

In second period play the Pioneers saw Rebecca Zarembinski send a pass to Kate Smith who hit the stick of Jess Bonfe with a feed. The junior sharpshooter hit an opening to knot the count 1-1 at 13:35 of the second period. 

Just under two minutes later the Pioneers struck again. This time it was McKenzie Steffen who fed the puck across to Kenzie Prater, who relayed the biscuit to Sarah Bobrowski. Bobrowski sent a bullet to the bullseye for a 2-1 Hill-Murray lead at 15:14. 

The Skippers found a way to tie the score with a goal at 6:48 of the third and then fend off the Pioneers in the remainder of regulation. 

An overtime tally put MInnetonka on the bus with the win. 

The loss to Minnetonka gave the Pioneers a preseason record of 2-2.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com.
 

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