Cardinals capture icy sweep of Eagles on road
WINDOM — Two overtime games, two Cardinal victories.
Fairmont Area forward Anna Nordquist converted defender Myah Lytle’s second assist of the game into the decisive goal with 4:30 remaining in overtime to propel the Cardinals to a 3-2 triumph over the Windom Area Eagles on Thursday in Windom.
Ironically, Fairmont Area converted the third goal of Taylor Nuss’ hattrick into a 4-3 overtime victory over Windom Area during the two Big South Conference teams’ season-opener on Nov. 22 at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.
Trailing 2-1 with time winding down during the second period, Lytle threaded a pass to teammate Joni Becker for the equalizer with only 1:19 left.
Both Cardinal goaltender Sadie Sandersfeld and Eagle netminder Emily Steen, who each produced shutout opening frames, duplicated their respective performances during a scoreless third.
Abagail Turner delivered an unassisted goal at the 14:27 juncture of the middle segment to stake New Ulm to a 1-0 margin before Nuss converted Becker’s assist into the tying goal a little more than a minute later at the 13:23 mark.
Anna Volk tallied an unassisted goal to regain the lead for the hometown Eagles with 10:09 remaining in the second period.
Sandersfeld registered a game-best 34 saves to net the win for the Cardinals, while Steen turned away 21 of Fairmont Area’s shots.
Fairmont Area (4-8-1) hosts Albert Lea at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin County Arena. Windom Area (5-11) hosts Marshall at 5 p.m. Monday.
WDM–Abagail Turner (unassisted), 14:21.
FA–Taylor Nuss (Joni Becker), 13:23.
WDM–Anna Volk (unassisted), 10:09.
FA–Becker (Myah Lytle), 1:19.
FA–Anna Nordquist (Lytle), 4:30.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 6-3-13-2–24; New Ulm 12-13-7-4–36.
Saves: Sadie Sandersfeld (FA) 34; Emily Steen (WDM) 21.
Penalties: Windom Area 5 for 10 minutes; Fairmont Area 2 for 4 minutes.
Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 0-for-5; Windom Area 0-for-2.
Fairmont Area 2, Windom Area 1 — Tom Havnen provided the eventual game-winning power-play goal off Bryan Karp’s assist in the third period to give the Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Windom Area Eagles during Big South Conference action Thursday night in Windom.
Sam Mensing scored the Cardinals’ first goal off a Tanner DeWar assist in the first period before Kyle Espenson scored for the Eagles to tie the game.
Goalie Colby Kuhl made 26 saves for the Cardinals, who recorded 19 shots on goal.
Fairmont Area (3-9) hosts Redwood Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday at Martin County Arena.
FA–Sam Mensing (Tanner DeWar), 7:24.
WA–Kyle Espenson (David Volk, Eli Becker), 5:30.
FA — Tom Havnen (Bryan Karp), pp., 8:17.
Shots on goal: Windom Area 27, Fairmont Area 19.
Saves: Colby Kuhl (FA) 9-7-10–26; Peter Ignaszewski (WA) 5-2-10–17.
Penalties: Windom Area 9 for 31 minutes; Fairmont Area 3 for 6 minutes.
Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 1-for-9; Windom Area 0-for-3.