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Monday, June 17, 2024

Cards knock Eagles from playoffs

Fairmont 1-1-0 = 2
Windom Area 1-0-0 = 1

The Windom Area girls hockey team saw its season come to an abrupt end Thursday night, as Fairmont claimed a 2-1 victory in the Section 3A playoffs at the Windom Arena.

The Cardinals scored 3:14 into the game, when Mackenzie Householder intercepted a clearing pass attempt and scored an unassisted goal.

The Eagles were able to tie the game at 1-1 with one minute to play in the first period on a five-on-three power play. Presley Dockter knocked down a clearing attempt by the Cardinals, weaved through the defense and slid a shot past the Cardinal goalie, tying the game at 1-1.

But in the second period, Fairmont went on the attack, peppering the Eagle net with shots on goal. With 5:04 left in the period, Householder again picked off a clearing pass and was able to fire a shot into the net, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

With the score still 2-1 late in the game, the Eagles tried to pull their goalie for an extra attacker but were unable to score the equalizing goal.

Fairmont outshot the Eagles 33-24 for the game. Eagle goalie Kaylie Baerg finished with 31 saves.

Section 3A Girls

First Round: Feb. 10
Fairmont 2, Windom Area 1
Marshall 3, Worthington 2

Section Semifinals: Feb. 12
#5 Fairmont at #1 New Ulm, 3 p.m.
#3 Marshall winner at #2 Luverne, 1 p.m.

Section Finals: Feb. 15
at GAC (St. Peter), 7 p.m.

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