FAIRMONT - The Fairmont Area Cardinals girls hockey team peppered the St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson goal all night, firing 58 shots in the direction of Bulldogs goaltender Veronica Sinell.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, only two of those shots were able to sneak by Sinell, as the Bulldogs took the 5-2 South Central Conference victory over the Cardinals on Thursday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
With Sinell handling the goaltending duties for the Bulldogs, it was Anna Amos who provided the offensive burst, recording a hattrick to pace the visitors in the win.
CLAIMING THE PRIZE — Fairmont Area’s Jalyssa Wilson (second from right) skates by St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson’s Taylor Witte (right) to claim the puck during South Central Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Taylor Nuss and the Bulldogs’ Maddie Kleschult (2) watch the action. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The Bulldogs struck first on the scoreboard, with Holly Gibbs smacking a rebound home for a shorthanded goal with 10:23 remaining in the opening period.
Teammate Maddie Kleshult, who leads the team with 11 points on the season, then doubled the Bulldogs lead with an unassisted wrister from the slot with 8:47 left in the period.
From there, Amos took over the offense for the Bulldogs. The freshman winger sent a centering pass from Bailey Wimes over the Cardinal netminder, Sadie Sandersfeld's shoulder to go ahead 3-0 just over six minutes into the second period.
The duo then combined for another goal 1:28 later, with Amos firing a shot over Sandersfeld's stick and inside the post for a tally.
Amos then completed the hattrick in the third period, carrying the puck on a 2-on-1 breakaway into the Cardinal zone and sliding a shot into the net to go ahead 5-0 just 4:05 into the third.
Despite Sinell's stellar goaltending, the Cardinals were able to thwart her shutout bid with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes.
Brooklyn Healey netted her second lamp lighter of the year to end Sinell's shut out.
Tieryn Arens fired a shot from the point and Katie Hohensee stepped in front of the net and tried to push a rebound past the Bulldog goalie.
Sinell denied Hohensee a goal, but with Healey coming in from the left wing, she flipped the second rebound against the twine for a goal.
Taylor Nuss then generated her team-leading eighth goal of the season on a Jalyssa Wilson assist.
Wilson grabbed control of the puck at the Bulldog blueline, carrying it into the zone before firing a shot from the left wing.
Nuss, who was charging down the middle of the ice jammed home the rebound on Wilson's shot to give the Cardinals their second goal of the game.
Sinell blocked a flurry of Cardinal attacks late in the third period to hold the Bulldogs lead, denying 26 of Fairmont Area's 28 shots in the period.
The Bulldogs ripped 27 shots on goal in the game, with Sandersfeld stopped 22 in the loss.
Fairmont Area (3-4, 0-2) travels to play Austin in a nonconference game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Austin.
St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson (3-4-1) travels to play the Minneapolis Novas in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.
SPLSH 2 2 1 - 5
Fairmont 0 0 2 - 2
SPLSH - Holly Gibbs (unassisted), shorthanded, 10:23.
SPLSH - Maddie Kleshult (unassisted), 8:47.
SPLSH - Anna Amos (Bailey Wilmes), 11:08.
SPLSH - Anna Amos (Bailey Wilmes), 9:40.
SPLSH - Anna Amos (unassisted), 12:55.
FA - Brooklyn Healey (Tieryn Arens, Katie Hohensee), 7:19.
FA - Taylor Nuss (Jalyssa Wilson), 4:45.
Saves: Veronica Sinell (SPLSH) 13-17-26-56; Sadie Sandersfeld (FA) 8-8-6-22.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 13-17-28-58; SPLSH 10-10-7-27.
Penalties: SPLSH 9 for 18 minutes; Fairmont Area 1 for 2 minutes.
Waseca 5, Fairmont Area 2 - While the Cardinals started the night with a 1-0 lead behind a Greg Claeys goal, the Bluejays rallied and were able to hold off Fairmont Area for the 5-2 South Central Conference win on Thursday in Waseca.
Claeys took a pass from center Matt Lytle and fired a shot for a goal just 5:11 into the game.
Waseca then responded with a pair of goals to take the 2-1 lead going into the second.
Wyatt Krampitz scored the first with assists to Cody Ulfers and Richard Volkmer, before Ulfers blasted his own tally with an assist to J.P. Eykyn with just 2:45 left in the opening period.
The Bluejays extended their lead in the second, when Alex Solheid took a Brett Whitehurst pass and fired a shot on net for the score to go up 3-1.
The Cardinals then came back 2:11 seconds into the third period when Rodney Engstrom scored an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Unfortunately for Fairmont Area, the Bluejays added a pair of goals minutes later, extending their lead to 5-2.
Collin Volkman got an assist from Josh Metzdorff on the first Waseca goal, before Ulfers fired his second of the night into the net.
Colton Cunning made 26 saves in the game for the Cardinals, while Fairmont Area recorded 16 shots on net.
Waseca's Zach Wiechert stopped 14 shots, while the Bluejay offense fired 31 shots on goal.
Fairmont Area (0-2, 0-2) travels for a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Luverne.
WAS 2 1 2 - 5
FMT 1 0 1 - 2
FA - Greg Claeys (Matt Lytle), 5:11.
W - Wyatt Krampitz (Cody Ulfers, Richard Volkmer), 11:12.
W - Cody Ulfers (J.P. Eykyn), 2:45.
W - Alex Solheid (Brett Whitehurst), 2:22.
FA - Rodney Engstrom (unassisted), 14:49.
W - Collin Volkman (Josh Metzdorff), 13:05.
W - Cody Ulfers (unassisted), 5:28.
Saves: Colton Cunning (FA) 26; Zach Wiechert (W) 14.
Shots on Goal: Waseca 31; Fairmont Area 16.
Penalties: Waseca 5 for 13 minutes; Fairmont Area 6 for 12 minutes.