Minnesota River hockey glides by Fairmont Area

NEAR GOAL — Fairmont Area forward Joni Becker (middle) appears to tap the puck past Minnesota River goaltender Jordan Keeley (right) during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Keeley, however, made a diving save to preserve her shutout on the night. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — After one period, neither the Fairmont Area Cardinals and the Minnesota River Bulldogs had scored a goal.

Enter Ashley Pudwill.

The junior center from LeSueur-Henderson tallied three points during the Bulldogs’ three-goal second period for a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night at Martin County Arena.

The second period started out much like the first with both Cardinals senior goalie Emily O’Connor and Bulldogs senior goalie Jordan Keeley getting the shutouts.

With 3:36 remaining in the middle frame, Pudwill offered a short pass to senior wing Emma Doherty-Bohn to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

It was only a mere 10 seconds later that Pudwill got into the scoring category. Junior center Hal Overgaard connected with Pudwill for a 2-0 lead.

Overgaard then provided Pudwill with another assist seven seconds before the second-period buzzer sounded.

Meanwhile, Keeley kept the Cardinals at bay, making key blocks throughout the period for eight saves.

The Bulldogs added on two more goals in the final four minutes of the third period. Eighth-grade center Anna Pavlo made her first career goal, unassisted, with 3:39 to go in the game.

With under a minute left in the final frame, sophomore wing Keely Olness shot a quick pass to Overgaard, who sent the puck past O’Connor to cap off the visiting team’s scoring.

O’Connor made 35 saves, while Keeley finished with 33 to get the shutout victory.

“I think we’re still having a really hard time keeping up with teams that have the numbers. But again, the amount of time that we’re able to keep up with teams is increasing, and that’s all I can hope for,” Cardinals head coach Ashley Olson said. “I think they’re a team we’re capable of beating if we find some consistency throughout all three periods.”

Fairmont Area (0-8) hosts New Ulm on Tuesday at Martin County Arena.

FA 0-0-0–0

MR 0-3-2–5


1st Period

No scoring.

2nd Period

MR — Emma Doherty-Bohn (Ashley Pudwill), 3:36.

MR — Pudwill (Hal Overgaard), 3:26.

MR — Pudwill (Overgaard), 0:07.

3rd Period

MR — Anna Pavlo (unassisted), 3:39.

MR — Overgaard (Keely Olness), 0:57.

Shots on goal: Minnesota River 10-14-11–35; Fairmont Area 11-8-14–33.

Saves: Jordan Keeley (MR) 11-8-14–33; Emily O’Connor (FA) 10-11-9–30.

Penalties: Minnesota River 2 for 4 minutes; Fairmont Area 0 for 0 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 0-for-2; Minnesota River 0-for-0.

Boys Hockey

Waseca 6, Fairmont Area 0 — Six different Bluejay players reached the scoring column to pace a Big South Conference shutout over the Cardinals on Thursday night in Waseca.

Waseca opened a 2-0 lead after one period before erupting for four more in the second segment.

Waseca goaltender Jack Moseley posted 10 saves to earn the shutout win.

Fairmont Area netminder Tyson Geerdes turned away an incredible 60 shots.

Fairmont Area (0-4) hosts Wahpeton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin County Arena.