Myrvik holds strong in net in West Fargo girls hockey win over Fargo North-South
WEST FARGO—Even when faced with a flurry of shots from the state's top scorers, Brooklyn Myrvik couldn't be shaken.
The West Fargo girls hockey team swarmed Myrvik in celebration as the final buzzer sounded after she preserved a 2-1 victory over Fargo North-South on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the West Fargo Sports Arena.
Myrvik, an all-state goalie last season, finished the game with 40 saves. She came into the game averaging 0.69 goals allowed per game and a 96.1 save percentage.
"They kept getting more chances, and I just had to know how to stop those pucks," Myrvik said. "I know I can stop them and my team will be there to help me. It feels pretty good knowing that we beat them."
After beating returning state champion Bismarck last week, North-South (5-1, 5-1 state) came into the game with the state's top three scorers in Graysen Myers, Anna Erickson and Avery Myers.
But Myrvik said she was never intimidated. After West Fargo (5-2-1, 4-1) scored twice in the first period, she played more confidently and aggressively.
North-South head coach Kris Dougherty said his team had enough chances but just couldn't convert on those chances.
"Those are lessons learned. We just keep moving forward," Dougherty said. "We've been finishing and getting to where we need to be. We've been doing a good job of playing together, and if we continue to do that we're going to overcome this."
North-South dominated possession early on, but the United defense collapsed quickly around the net and made passing difficult in North-South's offensive zone.
The United eventually got their offensive chances and scored twice in the span of just over a minute.
First, Ellyssa Derrig pushed the pace and forced a three-on-one breakaway. The senior defender took the shot herself from the left circle and the puck trickled past North-South goalie Lauren Harr. Madison Schoenberg was credited with the goal on the follow up for her third score of the season.
Then Kaycee Herring quickly forced another breakaway by herself. She went top shelf on a wrist shot and watched the puck go over Harr's shoulder for West Fargo's second score and her third of the season. Derrig's assist on the play was her third of the year.
North-South again had its chances to cruise to the offensive zone and put 16 shots on goal in the second period, limiting West Fargo's chances with the puck. But Myrvik was too quick in net and preserved the shutout going into the third period.
Myrvik made plenty more impressive saves in the third, but a shot finally got past her. On a rebound, Graysen Myers powered through a crowd of defenders and found the net with just more than 5 minutes remaining. The score marked her 12th goal of the season. She was leading the state going into the game in goals and total scoring with 17 points.
Even as North-South kept putting solid shots on goal, Myrvik didn't let anything get past her the rest of the night.
"We're able to rely on her and she's also able to rely on us," Derrig said. "We know that if we do make a mistake, she's there to cover us. We have to clean up our defensive errors so that she doesn't have to save our butts so much."
FIRST PERIOD: 1, WF, Schoenberg (Derrig), 11:02. 2, WF, Herring (Derrig), 12:12.
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, FNS, G. Myers (A. Myers, Erickson), 11:39.
SAVES: FNS, Harr 4-6-5--15; WF, Myrvik 9-16-15--40.