For girls hockey fans who like high scoring games, they got their wish Tuesday night as Alison Neubarth and Baylee Holtz scored two goals apiece to lead the Hutchinson Tigers to a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Park Orioles at The Rec Center.
The Tigers, starting five sophomores and one freshman showed intensity and speed like their state champion football counterparts scored four goals in the first period. The first came on a power play goal from Holtz, who went through the center slot to score. They would add another goal 22 seconds later when Neubarth tallied on a rebound. She would score Hutchinson's second power play goal as she put the puck on the right side of St. Louis Park goalie Peyton Stafne and into the net. The Tigers would wrap the the first period scoring on Ellie Larson's goal from the right slot.
The Orioles would come back with the second period's first three goals. It started when Molly Arntson scored on a rebound. Leah Baker cooked up the second goal when her shot bounced off the left glove of Tiger goalie Desiree Teubert and entered the net. Arntson would cut the lead to one with 1:33 left in the period, scoring on an odd man rush. There would be no tie in the period for St. Louis Park when Jordan Guggisberg piked up the loose puck in the crease and tapped it in. Holtz would scre her second goal with :31.6 left to put Hutchinson up by two.
In the third period, Alexa Seifert would increase the Tiger lead to four, scoring on a rebound. Elena Basill would tally two goals to put the Orioles within two. With less than two minutes left in regulation, Oriole head coach Donnie Williams would pull Stafne to go to a sixth attacker and it paid off as Natalie Vig scored on the the third try after two saves with :31.5 to go on the power play but they couldn't send the game into overtime.
Hutchinson improved their record to 3-2 and hosts Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato Friday, December 6 at 7 PM. St. Louis Park fell to 0-5-1 and returns to action Wednesday, December 11 against the Woodbury Royals in a 7:30 game at The Rec Center.