River Lakes stops Prairie Centre
A rough first period prove to be too much for the Prairie Centre Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of the Section 6A playoffs when they suffered a 6-1 defeat to River Lakes at the Richmond Arena on Feb. 9.
Kylee Hopp scored the lone goal for Prairie Centre in the first period, but River Lakes sandwiched that goal with a trio of goals and coasted to the win with a pair of goals in the second and a single goal in the third period.
Hopp finished her senior year with 44 total points. She was the team’s leading scorer with 37 goals and seven assists.
Hannah Zimmer scored a pair of goals for River Lakes, including the eventual game-winning goal in the second period. Brooke Lemke and McKenzie Cremers each added a pair of goals in extending the lead in the second and third periods.
River Lakes excelled in the special teams aspect of the game. The Stars scored four power play goals, while keeping Prairie Centre off the board during its four power play opportunities.
Nicole Wander stopped 18 of 19 shots for the win for River Lakes.
Mackenzie Och stopped 26 of 31 shots before being relieved in the nets for Prairie Centre. Isabelle Hovel stopped nine of the 10 shots she faced.
Prairie Centre wrapped up its season with a 12-13 record overall. River Lakes will now take on the No. 1 seed, Fergus Falls, on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Fergus Falls.
PC 1 0 0--1
RL 3 2 1--6
RL-Hannah Zimmer, ES, (Brooke Lemke, Olivia Haines)
PC-Kylee Hopp, SH, (Unassisted)
RL-Hannah Zimmer, PP, (Brooke Lemke, Paige Blattner)
RL-Brooke Lemke, PP, (Hannah Zimmer)
RL-Brooke Lemke, ES, (Hannah Zimmer)
RL-McKenzie Cremers, PP, (Hannah Zimmer, Brooke Lemke)
RL-McKenzie Cremers, PP, (Aubrey Griffin, Paige Blattner)