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Girls’ Hockey: Polars even score with Titans
The return girls’ hockey game featuring School District 622 archrivals North and Tartan high schools was a lot like everyone—except the Titans—might have expected.
In the first meeting between the foes—back on Dec. 17—Tartan triumphed at home with a 2-1 overtime victory.
Jan. 21, at Polar Arena, it was a different story.
No one in the stands could complain about getting the ticket-price worth of action, though: the game featured end-to-end all-out efforts for the full 51 minutes of action.
North took a penalty and the Titans recorded the first tally. But then the Polars shut them down and scored four unanswered goals in the 4-1 triumph.
In the game the Polars not only outscored the Titans, they ended up on the top end of a 37-25 shots-on-goal margin.
Tartan opened the scoring a third through the first period with a North player in the penalty box.
A feed from Jordan Jackson found the blade of Ellie Tabaka. The junior center whistled a blast to the back mesh at 6:33.
Four minutes later, the Polars responded when a pass off the stick of Sarah Warner hit Erin Jungman as she cruised down the slot. Her shot found a niche in the armor of netminder Maggie Straka and the score was knotted 1-1 at 10:38.
The count remained even until just past midway of the second canto.
North senior defender Carli Langevin sent a feed into the right doorstep, where Erin Jungman was on hand to tip the puck into the net. What turned out to be the game-winner went up on the board at 10:35.
The Polars clung tight to the one-goal margin until the Titans took a costly penalty and North returned the favor with a power-play score.
In the Tartan zone, Haley Schanks feathered a feed across to Lily Langevin, who didn’t miss from the doorstep at 11:32.
The final tally of the game came in period three. A pass from Warner set up Schanks in the mid slot. A quick wrister found pay dirt—Schanks’ second goal—and at 13:09 the final score in the 3-goal, 4-1 leeway was recorded.
Next, as the season wears down, Tartan will take to the road for a 7:30 p.m., contest against Simley at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Inver Grove Heights. They stay on the road for a Jan. 28 contest against Cambridge, at 7:40 p.m. at the Isanti Arena and return to Tartan Arena Jan. 30 to face Sibley in a 7:30 p.m. drop of the puck.
North was on the road Jan. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Simley at Veterans Memorial Arena in Inver Grove Heights. Next, they’re headed to Stillwater to play Mahtomedi at 7:30 p.m Jan. 31 at the St. Croix Ice Arena.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at email@example.com.