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Girls hockey sweeps week

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After rebounding from a four-game skid early in the season, the West Fargo girls hockey team went on the type of roll it had become accustomed to in previous seasons.

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From Dec. 20 to Jan. 28, the Packers did not lose a game. A 4-2 victory at Bismarck secured their 10-game winning streak, and ended the first month of 2012 on a high note.

February was not as favorable, however, as West Fargo dropped its first two games of the month.

As a testament to their ability to rebound from adversity, West Fargo (12-5-0, 14-6-0) righted its ship last week with a clean sweep. The Packers currently are ranked fifth in the standings, just behind Bismarck.

On Friday, the Packers took on visiting Williston, before sending them home with a 5-1 loss.

West Fargo controlled the game for much of the first two periods. Less than three minutes in, Allison Springer had the Packers' first good chance with a solo breakaway down the center of the ice. She deftly sidestepped a lone Coyote defender before wrapping around the back of the net and passing to an open Britney Yliniemi out front.

But Williston goalie Kaytlynn Morgan wouldn't let it be so easy, as she stifled that shot and several thereafter. Although five shots did eventually find the back of the net, Morgan took care of business in the crease and made 36 saves on the night.

In comparison, West Fargo goalie Andrea Klug saw only one shot in the first period, stopped it, and then proceeded to stop 16 more before the end of the game.

Five different Packers scored on the Coyotes, beginning with Hayley Walsh shortly after that breakaway by Springer. Not two minutes later, Chelsea Wangen lit the lamp with what would become the game winner, and to put West Fargo up 2-0.

After the period break, Williston struck early in the second period as Helene Pippin snuck the puck past Klug to put her team on the board.

It would be the last time.

Not three minutes later, Katie Panek answered for West Fargo, and it was all downhill from there for the Coyotes as Yliniemi, Springer and Kelly Krahn all notched goals.

On Saturday, West Fargo continued its winning ways by defeating Minot 4-1.

The Packers attempted to continue their good fortune when they battled Grand Forks on Tuesday. Results were unavailable by press time. West Fargo plays again 7 p.m. Friday at Jamestown, before hosting Dickinson at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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