Devils Lake snaps Majettes hockey unbeaten streak
The adrenaline rush of winning a shootout affair on Friday for the Minot High girls hockey team was wiped away Saturday afternoon in a 6-2 loss against Devils Lake.
Elle Black netted a hat trick, and Molly Black made 23 saves to carry the Firebirds (10-5-0, 8-5-0 N.D. League) over the Majettes (7-5-2, 5-5-2 N.D. League) at Maysa Arena.
Minot High entered the contest with a four-game unbeaten streak. So, Saturday’s loss was seen as a letdown.
“Yes, definitely,” said MHS co-head coach Chris Stokke. “Devils Lake came to play, and we didn’t.”
Devils Lake scored on its first two shots of the game. Kaylie Klemetsrud fired in the first one with 1:56 ticked off the clock.
Later, a steal in the neutral zone allowed Elle Black to skate behind the Majettes’ defense. Her initial shot clanked the left post, but bounced back, hit the backside of MHS goaltender Amber Borkhuis and trickled into the net.
The Firebirds led 2-0 after the opening period.
“I don’t know if we underestimated them,” MHS co-head coach MaKayla Sandvold said. “(We shouldn’t have) because they beat us last time in Devils Lake (a 3-2 loss on Dec. 6). So, I thought we could come out with a little bit of vengeance.”
That didn’t happen. Instead, Black completed a natural hat trick in the second period with a rebound goal at the 6:34 mark and a power-play tally at 9:59. The senior forward came into the contest with four goals in 14 games this season.
“Devils Lake is a hard-working team,” Sandvold said. “And we didn’t work today.”
After killing off a Kaya Shaw five-minute major penalty for checking from behind, the Majettes finally put a puck behind Firebirds goaltender Molly Black. O’Malley Eslinger, a recent Minot State women’s hockey signing, notched her eighth goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, Abbey Reule pulled the goal back for Devils Lake.
Not throwing in the towel, MHS goal scoring leader Taylyn Cope picked up a power-play goal. The Firebirds’ lead was trimmed to three, 5-2, with 10 minutes remaining.
Eighth-grader Ashlyn Abrahamson ended any hopes of a memorable Majettes’ comeback with another rebound goal in the final minutes.
“They outworked us, plain and simple,” Stokke said. “They had a good gameplan, and they outworked us. They were physical, and we weren’t.”
Devils Lake outshot Minot 32-25. Borkhuis made 19 saves.
The Majettes are back on the road for the first time since Jan. 11 with a 5 p.m. contest Friday (Jan. 31) in Jamestown.
Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.