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Girls hockey ends regular season strong with three wins

The West Fargo girls hockey team ended their regular season with three more wins, bringing their overall record to 17-5-1.

The team started the week with a 6-2 victory over the Grand Forks KnightRiders on Tuesday. They then beat Minot 6-0 on Friday and Williston 9-1 on Saturday.

Despite outshooting Grand Forks 30-12 through two periods, the Packers were only up by a goal after the second intermission. After failing to capitalize on a one-minute, 57-second 5-on-3 power play, the Packers rattled off three even-strength goals in just over two minutes to cap off a big win.

“I think we came out hard, but we were sloppy in the first two periods,” senior forward Kelly Krahn said. “As we went on, we got better as a team. It was exciting.”

The Packers were led by senior Alli Springer, who had two goals and an assist. Krahn had a goal and an assist of her own.

Springer had two goals and an assist once again in Friday’s game, and freshman forward Janey Sandoval had three assists, all in the first period.

Eighth-grader Courtney Walsh had a goal and an assist.

Fans in attendence of Saturday’s game were rewarded with a hat trick from Krahn, who also had a third-period assist.

Sandoval had two goals and two assists.

The Packers enter the state tournament this weekend as the No. 2 seed, behind defending champs Bismarck High.

“We feel good,” head coach Pat Johnson said. “We have played some really good teams, and we have been playing pretty well. We have a shot, and that’s all you can ask for. We have got to play our best games, because everyone plays their best games against us. We just have to continue to improve and hopefully have a chance at the end.”