FAIRMONT - Brooke Lemon scored a natural hat trick and assisted on another goal to lead the Fairmont Area Cardinal girls hockey team to a 4-1 nonconference victory over the Windom Area Eagles on Friday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
Lemon netted the first of her three goals 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the game to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead.
Tieryn Arens slid a pass up the left boards to Lemon, who caught the pass and carried it into the slot for the shot just over Windom Area netminder Emily Steen's pads.
SHOT ON?NET — Fairmont Area defender Tieryn Arens (right) unleashes a shot at Windom Area goaltender Emily Steen (left) during nonconference hockey action Friday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
"Brooke Lemon had a good game for us tonight," said Fairmont Area head coach Scott Kuhl. "She picked her spots, took good shots and really made it happen for us tonight."
The Eagles tied the game at 4:48 in the second period.
Seventh-grader Addison Beaty carried the puck into the Cardinals' zone and fired a shot from right front of the net to even the score.
Fairmont's Jalyssa Wilson stuffed in a loose puck in front of the Eagles' net on a power play at 10:34 in the second period for the go-ahead for the Cardinals.
Jenna Klages fired a shot on net, and after Steen couldn't contain the rebound as both Lemon and Wilson tried digging the puck out for the goal. Klages and Lemon were credited with assists on Wilson's goal.
Lemon scored her second goal on a rebound off a Myah Lytle shot right outside the crease at with 6:36 left in the middle period to make it 3-1 going into the final frame.
Windom had two power-play opportunities to tie up the game for the second time in the middle segment.
Eagle forwards Kalee Rosekranz and Jolyssa Higley-Purrington both picked up the puck in the neutral zone and created odd-man rushes.
Fairmont Area netminder Miranda O'Connor turned away both shots and kept the Eagles scoreless the rest of the period.
"Our goaltending was good tonight," said Kuhl. "She did a good job of only allowing one goal and they had some tough shots."
With another quick goal in the third, Lemon completed her hat trick 2:49 into the period.
Lemon passed the puck out to Wilson in the slot from behind the Eagles' net on a power play. Wilson sent a pass back to Lemon along the net, and was credited with an assist when Lemon slid the puck just inside the pipe for the wrap-around goal to seal the 4-1 victory.
Steen stopped 39 of Fairmont Area's 43 shots on goal, while O'Connor stopped 13 of the Eagles' 14 shots.
Fairmont (3-6, 0-3 South Central Conference) faces Minnehaha Academy in a 12:45 p.m. game in the Schwans Cup on Thursday Dec. 27 in Blaine.
FA - Brooke Lemon (Tieryn Arens), 14:27.
WA - Addison Beaty (unassisted), 12:12.
FA - Jalyssa Wilson (Brooke Lemon, Jenna Klages) pp., 10:34.
FA - Brooke Lemon (Abby Rahm), 6:36.
Brooke Lemon (Jalyssa Wilson) pp., 15:11.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area: 43; Windom Area 14.
Saves: Emily Steen (WA) 39; Miranda O'Connor 13.
Penalties: Fairmont Area 3 for 6 minutes; Windom Area 3 for 6 minutes.
Power Plays: Fairmont 2 for 2; Windom 0 for 3.
Windom Area 11, Fairmont Area 1 - Travis Janssen produced three goals and two assists, while teammate Devin Nielsen collected two goals and three assists to power the Windom Area Eagles to an 11-1 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during nonconference hockey action Friday night in Windom.
Janssen netted an unassisted goal only 14 seconds into the game before Nielsen triggered back-to-back Eagle goals during the ensuing 58-second span to build a quick 3-0 edge on the scoreboard.
Nielsen fed Zach Bartosh for a netfinder at the 1:06 mark before Nielsen lit the lamp off a double-assist from Stuart Schumacher and Mitchell Macek only six seconds later.
Janssen notched his second goal at the 6:24 juncture to widen Windom Area's lead to 4-0 before Brock Johnson spoiled the Eagles' shutout bid by tallying an unassisted goal for Fairmont Area at the 7:21 mark.
Nielsen then converted a double-assist from Dylan Pigman and Schumacher into Goal 5 before feeding Zach Ignaszewski for a 6-1 lead after one completed period.
Janssen netted a goal and an assist to highlight the Eagles' three-goal middle segment, while adding another helper during the home team's two-goal third frame.
Fairmont Area (1-5, 1-2 South Central) faces Princeton in the first round of the River Lakes Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Paynesville.
Fairmont 1-0-0- 1
W - Travis Janssen (unassisted), 0:14.
W - Zach Bartosh (Devin Nielsen), 1:06.
W - Devin Nielsen (Stuart Schumacher, Mitchell Macek), 1:12.
W - Travis Janssen (unassisted), 6:24.
F - Brock Johnson (unassisted), 7:21.
W - Devin Nielsen (Dylan Pigman, Stuart Schumacher), 10:00.
W - Zach Ignaszewski (Devin Nielsen), 16:09.
W - Eric Haberman (Travis Janssen), 7:39.
W - Stuart Schumacher (Mitchell Macek, Devin Nielsen), 12:44.
W - Travis Janssen (unassisted), pp., 15:34.
W - Zach Steen (Zach Bartosh, Travis Janssen), 1:20.
W - Ryan Evers (Zach Steen), 2:02.
Shots on goal: Windom Area 47; Fairmont Area 24.
Penalties: Windom Area 1 for 2 minutes; Fairmont Area 5 for 13 minutes.
Power-play chances: Windom 1 for 5; Fairmont Area 0-0.