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Tigers claw Cardinals in girls hockey opener

ALBERT LEA — Mia Fjelsta and Esther Yoon netted two goals apiece as the Albert Lea Tigers used a 51-19 shots-on-goal advantage to produce an 8-1 nonconference hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday night at the Albert Lea City Arena.

Freshman goaltender Hadley Artz produced a game-best 43 saves between the pipes for Fairmont Area during its season-opener.

Sophomore forward Mackenzie Householder spoiled the Tigers’ shutout bid by converting an assist from Corene Moeller into the Cardinals’ lone goal at the 14:04 juncture of the third period.

Allison Dulitz tallied the game’s initial goal with only 30 seconds remaining in the opening 17-minute period to stake Albert Lea to a 1-0 advantage on the scoreboard.

Ally Rasmussen, Lucy Stay and Fjelsta generated consecutive goals, respectively, to help the Tigers build a 4-0 lead after two completed segments.

Yoon then netted both of her goals, Fjelsta chipped in her second net-finder of the night and Katelyn Steven added a goal to cap Albert Lea’s four-goal final frame.

Fairmont Area (0-1) plays host to Mankato East at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont.

Fairmont 0-0-1–1

Albert Lea 1-3-4–8

Scoring Plays

1st Period

AL–Allison Dulitz (unassisted), 16:30.

2nd Period

AL–Ally Rasmussen (Laynee Behrends), 8:48.

AL–Lucy Stay (unassisted), 10:14.

AL–Mia Fjelsta (Katelyn Steven), 13:22.

3rd Period

AL–Esther Yoon (Behrends, Josie Venem), 3:58.

AL–Steven (unassisted), 5:12.

FA–Mackenzie Householder (Corene Moeller), 14:04.

AL–Yoon (Dulitz), PP, 15:19.

AL–Fjelsta (Steven), 16:00.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 5-8-6–19; Albert Lea 14-19-18–51.

Saves: Hadley Artz (FA) 43.

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