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Bayside Chatter: Dec. 6

The girls' hockey team lost a pair of contests last week and had another postponed.

They lost 4-2 to the Spring Lake Park Panthers in a great effort, and 7-2 to the Superior Spartans in a not- so- great effort. The game with the Duluth Northern Stars was postponed due to winter storm Cleon.

Freshman Emma Peterson scored five goals, including the last three of the game, to lead the Spartan attack. Ari Jago added a goal and two assists. The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 1:43 left in the opening period. Anna Carman, with an assist from Kristiina Thums cut it to 2-1 with 27 seconds left in the period and it appeared a comeback was on. Unfortunately, it took Peterson only eight seconds to reply for the Spartans, giving them a 3-1 lead after one. After Jago made it 4-1, Thums scored for the Mariners with assists from Carman and Brooke McMillen. That would be as close as the Mariners would get, as Peterson scored three more times for a final of 7-2.

The Spartans speed enabled them to get low and score twice on breakaways and once on a 2 on 1.They caught the Mariners flat footed and outshot them 16-4 in the first period. Sara Carman finished up with 32 saves in the Mariner nets and Justine Stenberg had 23 stops in the Spartan nets.

Spring Lake Park came to Silver Bay with one loss to No. 2 Benilde/St.Margaret.

They took a 1-0 lead after one on a goal from Allie Guzy. Goals by Kim Patterson and Taylor Turnquist made it 3-0 half way into the game. The Mariners never quit and cut it to a one goal lead by capitalizing on both of their power play opportunities. Hattie Koehler cut it to 3-1 with assists from Carman and Tori Stevens. McMillen cut it to 3-2 just over two minutes into the final period, with Everly Bauck and Cora Carter setting up the goal. Maggie Ronning iced it for the Panthers with 1:46 left in the game.

While the Mariners were outshot 35-14, they had a lot of quality scoring chances. Carman finished with 31 saves and two Panther net-minders combined for 12 stops.

The girls are at Pequot Lakes on Tuesday, and on Thursday they are at Moose Lake.

The boys played at Ely yesterday and host Faribault at Silver Bay tonight. Then they are at Two Harbors to host Pine City tomorrow and Ashland on Tuesday.

The boys basketball team is at Two Harbors tonight, after opening the season with a 72-63 overtime victory over Mesabi Academy. They host Cherry on Monday. The girls are also at Two Harbors tonight. They opened the season with a 58-27 loss to Fond du Lac.

Seven champions were crowned in football last weekend. Eden Prairie repeated in 6A with a 28-7 win over Rosemount. Other repeaters were Hutchinson in 4A with a 49-7 win over Holy Angels and Mahnomen in A with a 46-13 win over Dawson-Boyd. Owatonna beat Brainerd 24-0 in 5A, St.Croix Lutheran out- gunned New London-Spicer 48-44 in 3A, Chatfield came out on top of Minneota/Lincoln 17-7 in AA and Grand Meadow beat Underwood 28-6 in nine man action. Eden Prairie, Owatonna, Hutchinson and Mahnomen all finished the season unbeaten.