Domination in pink: Majettes soar past Firebirds 10-5
Donning pink jerseys Friday evening to raise awareness for breast cancer and support community member Lisa Haskins, the Minot High School girls hockey team unleashed a goal scoring barrage to capture a 10-5 victory over Devils Lake at Maysa Arena.
It’s the first time this season that the Majettes (8-7-0, 8-4-0 N.D. League) have scored in double figures.
“It wasn’t a single player effort. The scoring was up-and-down our lineup,” MHS coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “The girls had a mission and they wanted to do well for Pink Night. The start of the game – I wouldn’t say we came out flat – but we were making mistakes by going hard. We were playing with a lot of emotions.”
Minot senior Lindsey Larson got the scoring going 2:46 into the contest with Parker Larson and Olivia Weisberg providing the helpers. Four minutes later, freshman defender Paige Ackerman skated her way through the Devils Lake defense for a solo, unassisted goal that kissed off the post before going in.
“We have talked about this all season, but when we score, then we step up to the next level,” Wahlstrom said. “We did a nice job in front of the net with rebounds, taking shots, screening, tips and we were cycling well. Everything was on when we were scoring in bunches.”
In a role reversal to the first goal, Lindsey Larson set up Weisberg for a clear-cut breakaway to give Minot a 3-0 lead.
Then, 25 seconds later, sophomore Carson Abrahamson knocked in a rebound off a shot by fellow sophomore O’Malley Eslinger to get her first career Majettes’ goal.
After the game, Abrahamson was tongue tied and overwhelmed when trying to describe her first goal or the emotions that followed.
“I don’t even know what to say,” she said. “It wasn’t about us tonight. It was for Lisa (Haskins).”
Junior defender Mahlee Sem capped the Majettes impressive five-goal first period, with Lindsey Larson and Weisberg picking up the assists.
Weisberg had four points in game. Only to be outdone by Lindsey Larson, who had a team-high five points and she came into the game having only scored four points in 14 games this season.
The second period started with sophomore defender Lexi Clementich getting her first Majettes’ goal on a rebound that was just waiting to be poked in.
“It’s so wonderful to see,” Wahlstrom said. “The girls do all this hard work everyday and they are like, ‘When is this going to pay off? When am I going to get rewarded?’ They want that paycheck. Hockey is such a team sport, but when they do get that opportunity and they bury the puck… They get that confidence that they need. For some kids, the next thing you know, they are going out there with the idea of how it works and are trying to put the puck in the back of the net every shift.”
Clementich added: “It went so fast at first and you have no clue what is happening.”
Practice certainly had paid off.
“We have been working with our defense to start rushing up into plays more,” Wahlstrom said. “Lexi (Clementich) jumped up into the play on that one and got her first goal as a defenseman. And it wasn’t from the point, it was a rebound right there in the blue paint. I’m so happy that they are taking things from practice and bringing it into the game.”
The Majettes two leading goal scorers this season finally got their name on the scoresheet shortly after. Sophomore Dessa Flom (26 points) assisted Kaya Shaw (19 points) for Minot’s seventh goal.
Parker Larson made it eight different goal scorers with freshman Lexis Prince picking up her first point on the assist.
“That’s not something we hand a puck out for, but I’m so happy for her,” Wahlstrom said about Prince.
A little over a minute later after Parker Larson’s goal, Flom scored her team leading 19th goal of the season.
The Firebirds (3-12-0, 3-10-0 N.D. League) showed some life with three unanswered goals, getting a power play goal by Kaylie Klemetsrud at the end of the second period and goals by Elle Black and Viviana Kraft to start the third period, 9-3.
Lindsey Larson took the Majettes into double-digits and was the only Minot High skater to collect multiple goals.
In a case of too little, too late, Klemetsrud and Ashton Wold both scored for the Firebirds to notch the final score at 10-5.
“We made some mistakes. There is no doubt about it,” Wahlstrom said. “But, I’d rather them make mistakes while going 100 mph than them standing still. And we were giving more ice time to the girls that don’t get as much ice time, and they still did a great job.”
Minot freshman starting goaltender Amber Borkhuis made 11 saves without giving up a goal before stepping out in the second period to give freshman Madison Knudson some playing time. Knudson made seven saves. Minot outshot Devils Lake 43-23.
The Majettes are back on the ice this afternoon with a 2 p.m. contest against the Grand Forks Knight Riders at Maysa Arena.
Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.