Majettes hockey earns first win, defeats GF Knightriders 5-3

GRAND FORKS — The Minot High School girls hockey team used a flurry of goals to capture their first win of the young season on Saturday.

The Majettes (1-2) secured a 5-3 victory over the Grand Forks Knightriders (2-2) in the matinee. Grand Forks started off strong, but Minot countered with a healthy dose of goals.

Grand Forks freshman forward Averi Greenwood scored an unassisted goal just nine seconds into the contest. Junior forward Megan Jacobson increased the lead to 2-0 after 6:08 elapsed.

After Kylie Autrey and Hannah Gray assisted on Jacobson’s goal, the Majettes struck quickly in the second period. Freshman forward Taylyn Cope scored the first of her two goals just 2:17 into the second frame.

Sophomore forward Abby Tallman assisted on Cope’s first goal, but junior defenseman Paige Ackerman wanted to lend a helping hand. Ackerman provided the assist for Cope’s second goal later in the period.

With the score tied at 2-2, senior forward O’Malley Eslinger continued her stellar play. Eslinger received assists from Tallman and junior forward Madison Knudson on her goal.

Emily Becker answered less than 25 seconds later, knotting the score at 3-3 early in the third period. After contributing two assists earlier in the game, Tallman found the back of the net.

Sophomore defenseman Emily Thiele and Eslinger tallied the assists on the go-ahead goal. With less than four minutes to play, Thiele tacked on an insurance goal with help from Ackerman and senior forward Carson Abrahamson.

Thiele’s empty-netter sealed the deal for the Majettes. Minot junior goalkeeper Amber Borkhuis made 24 saves, while Devils Lake goalkeeper Kaylee Baker notched 17.

Minot will host Jamestown (0-2) at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, for its home opener. Grand Forks will travel to Dickinson (1-2) at 7 p.m. that evening.

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