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Girls Hockey | JM/Lourdes 3, Mahtomedi 2

Rochester John Marshall/Lourdes rallied from a 1-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over Mahtomedi in the opening round of the Sertoma/Home Federal Shootout on Wednesday at the Rochester Recreation Center.

After falling behind 1-0 in the opening period, the Rockets scored two second-period goals and got the game-winner in the third. 

Mahtomedi is ranked No. 16 in the state.

The Rockets advance to face another ranked foe — No. 7 Orono — at 7:15 tonight in the semifinals back at the Rec Center.

Nicole Nelson netted the game winner for JM/Lourdes seven minutes into the third period. Hannah Nelson and Sam Macken scored the second-period tallies. Blair Lebeck, Macken, Nicole Nelson, Savannah Seeger and Kathleen Valentine all had assists for the Rockets. 

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"Our girls turned the corner tonight," JM/Lourdes coach Bob Montrose said. "We played with more energy and played a complete game against a very good opponent. We had big efforts from several girls and showed that when we come ready to compete, we can finish those tough battles with success. It was nice to see the smiles from the girls and we could see that they felt proud of their effort. Nicole Nelson had a strong game with a goal and an assist and Brooklyn Birdseye took another big step forward taking control of the play and handling the puck with a lot of confidence when she was on the ice. Erin Meyers continues to be solid in goal and gives us a chance to win which is what we need."

Meyers finished with 24 saves.

JM/Lourdes 3, Mahtomedi 2

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John Marshall/Lourdes:Hannah Nelson 1 goal; Blair Lebeck 1 assist; Sam Macken 1 goal, 1 assist; Nicole Nelson 1 goal, 1 assist; Savannah Seeger 1 assist; Kathleen Valentine 1 assist. Goalie:Erin Meyers 24 saves.

Mahtomedi:Madison Bergren 1 goal; Annie Buttermore 1 goal; Kellie McAlpine 1 assist; Aimee Krebsbach 1 assist. Goalie:Angela Boreen 20 saves.

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