Mariner girls' hockey team loses two games, set to play tomorrow
The Mariners lost twice after their opening season victory. They fell 2-1 in overtime last Friday night at International Falls. Then they fell 6-4 to the state's No. 9 team, the Orono Spartans at home Saturday.
In International Falls, the Mariners took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted first period goal from Taylor Guzzo. The Broncos tied it up with a second period score from Sydney Raboin and won it at 1:30 of the extra period with a goal from Bailey Bernard. Cassie Swanson had a strong game in the Mariner nets with 18 saves. Her counterpart, Keanna Carlson, finished with 15 stops for the Broncos.
At Rukavina Arena, the Spartans took a 2-0 lead after the first period on a pair of goals from Rebekah Smith. The Mariners tied it up in the second period with two scores two and a half minutes apart. Shay Viola put the Mariners on the board 16 seconds after leaving the penalty box with the help of McKenzie Schreffler and Marina Carter. Guzzo tied it up with assists going to Rachel Dilley and Anna Carman. Unfortunately for the Mariners, the score ended up as 4-2 in favor of Orono as the Spartans scored twice in the final 15 seconds of play, including one with less than a second remaining on the clock. The Mariners simply let up defensively, deciding that the period was over, but the Spartans didn't. Kaylie Grochowski and Millie Luedtke had the Spartans goals.
In the final period of play, Sarah Harrison and Stephanie Knight scored 34 seconds apart to make it 6-2. Katelyn DeRoiser grabbed a loose puck coming off the bench and scored unassisted to make it 6-3. Carter scored the game's final score with 26 seconds left. Phoenix Lillis stopped 34 Spartan shots in her first varsity start and Casey Hartfiel had 24 saved for Orono.
The Mariners played against Eveleth-Gilbert Tuesday. That information was unavailable at press time. They play again at 3 p.m. tomorrow against Princeton at home.