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Mankato West’s 2nd-period helps down Fairmont Area hockey, 6-2

Hannah Goerndt

MANKATO — Molly Grundhoffer delivered Mankato West’s initial goal before adding another net-finding shot and an assist during the Scarlets’ three-goal second period to pace a 6-2 non-league hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Saturday.

Grundhoffer converted assists from Emily Bloemke and Delaney Giesen into a 1-0 lead 2:46 into the game at All Seasons Arena before Bloemke took a pass from Alana Young and doubled West’s lead at the 12:24 juncture.

Mackenzie Householder, however, answered with a power-play goal at the 13:20 mark for Fairmont Area to pare the visitors’ deficit in half. Brooklyn Meyer supplied the assist on Householder’s goal.

Caitlin Hvinden, Young and Grundhoffer each lit the lamp once during the middle 17-minute segment to widen the Scarlets’ lead to 5-1.

The Cardinals’ Hannah Goerndt found Mankato West’s webbing via a short-handed goal off an assist from Emily Sokoloski 9:08 into the third period to draw within 5-2.

Alexis Reddy added an unassisted goal at the 14:42 juncture to cap the Scarlets’ four-goal triumph.

Goaltender Rachel O’Connor recorded a game-best 26 saves for Fairmont Area, which tallied just 11 shots on goal. Mankato West netkeeper Sarah Olsen made nine stops for the win.

Fairmont Area (0-3) hosts Waseca at 7 p.m. at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Mankato West (3-0) hosts Owatonna on Tuesday at All Seasons Arena.

Fairmont Area 1-0-1–2

Mankato West 2-3-1–6

Scoring Plays

1st Period

MW–Molly Grundhoffer (Emily Bloemke, Delaney Giesen), 2:46.

MW–Bloemke (Alana Young), 12:24.

FA–Mackenzie Householder (Brooklyn Meyer), PP, 13:20.

2nd Period

MW–Caitlin Hvinden (Allyson Grabianowski, Tealy Krosch), 7:23.

MW–Young (Bloemke, Grundhoffer), 11:53.

MW–Grundhoffer (Kira Sims, Young), 15:18.

3rd Period

FA–Hannah Goerndt (Emily Sokoloski), SH, 9:08.

MW–Alexis Reddy (unassisted), 14:42.

Shots on goal: Mankato West 13-11-8–32; Fairmont Area 3-2-6–11.

Saves: Rachel O’Connor (FA) 26; Sarah Olsen (MW) 9.

Penalties: Fairmont Area 3 for 6 minutes; Mankato West 2 for 4 minutes.

Power-play chances: Fairmont Area 1-for-2; Mankato West 0-for-3.

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