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Packer girls trounce Firebirds, Midgets

Mackenzie Jaskowski and Haley Kringlie of West Fargo work to keep the puck away from Madelyn Longtin of Devils Lake during the Tuesday, Nov. 26, game at West Fargo. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service

The Packers took the ice on Tuesday for the first time since ending last season with a 21-2-0 record and a second-place finish in the state tournament, topping the Devils Lake Firebirds 16-0 at Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

The consensus after such a big win was surprising: things could have been better.

“We have a lot to work on,” senior defenseman and team captain Kourtney Lothspeich said. “Our passing and shooting needs some work. We just have to work harder throughout the year. I think we can expect more this season.”

Head coach Pat Johnson echoed Lothspeich’s thoughts, attributing it to the team’s newer skater learning the ropes.

“We were a little sloppy,” Johnson said. “We have new bodies out there getting accustomed to the speed of the game. As a whole, you’ve got to be happy with the win. No one got hurt and everyone learned a bit about how we play.”

Leading the team was defenseman Tori Holland, who scored five goals and three assists. They also got three goals and four assists from freshman forward Janey Sandoval.

The team followed that game up with a 7-0 victory over Dickinson on Friday night, which saw a two-goal night from both Holland and senior first-liner Kelly Krahn. The three other goals came from Sandoval, Alison Springer and Paige Lazorenko.

Junior goalie Morgan Stirling started both games, stopping five shots in each game.

The Packers travel to Bismarck on Friday night before hosting Fargo North on Tuesday.