RED WING — Victoria Johnson scored with 24 seconds remaining to cap Rochester Century’s second comeback of the night and give the Panthers their first win of the season, 5-4 against Red Wing in a Big Nine Conference girls hockey game on Thursday.
The victory also marked another milestone for the Century program: Its first-ever victory against Red Wing.
Johnson’s winning goal capped a huge night for the senior forward. She had a hand in four of Century’s goals, scoring three and assisting on another.
Century improves to 1-4-0 in the Big Nine and 1-4-0 overall.
Red Wing built leads of 3-1 and 4-3, but Century battled back on both occasions.
Johnson scored the lone goal of the opening period, with assists from Kennedi Howarth and Kylie Lund, who had a three-point game.
The Wingers scored three times in less than nine minutes at the start of the second period. Goals by Emily Hart, Eliza DiNatale and Delaynee Fox made it 3-1 at the 8:42 mark of the second.
But Century responded with two more goals, just 47 seconds apart, to tie it 3-3.
DiNatale scored a power-play goal 2:04 into the third for a 4-3 Wingers lead, but Lund answered at the 6:14 mark, then Johnson scored the winner with time ticking down.
Jenna Miller added two assists for the Panthers.
“Jenna Miller got us back in the game with two great assists on the power play within a minute start the rally,” Century coach Tom Aney said. “Abi Connors came in half way through the game and made several outstanding saves to preserve the win.”
Macy Lund and Conners split time in goal to keep the Panthers in it. Lund stopped 17 shots, while Conners stopped 21. Red Wing outshot Century 42-15.
Red Wing (2-4-0, 3-6-0) plays at Mankato East at 3 p.m. Saturday. Century hosts Mayo at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rec Center.
CENTURY 5, RED WING 4
Century 1 2 2 — 5
Red Wing 0 3 1 — 4
Century: Kennedi Bielenberg-Howarth 1 assist; Victoria Johnson 3 goals, 1 assist; Kylie Lund 2 goals; Jenna Miller 2 assists; Ella Lentz 1 assist; Katherine Thorvilson 1 assist. Goalies: Macy Lund 17 saves (20 shots); Abigail Conners 21 saves (22 shots).
Red Wing: Emily Hart 1 goal, 1 assist; Eliza DiNatale 2 goals; Delaynee Fox 1 goal; Allison Roe 2 assists; Ashlyn Hintz 1 assist. Goalie: Hailey Ehlers 10 saves (15 shots).
West is too much for Mayo
Rochester Mayo fought back after falling behind early, but the Spartans couldn’t climb all the way back and lost a Big Nine Conference girls hockey game 4-2 against Mankato West on Thursday.
“We did not move our feet or support each other and paid the price early in this game,” Mayo coach Mike McCormack said.
West led 2-0 after one period, but both teams scored twice in the second, including Spartans goals from Rioghna Pittock and seventh-grader Layla Rippentrop, her first varsity goal.
“We started attacking and winning some battles in the middle of the second period where Rioghna got a nice wrap around goal and Layla later scored her varsity goal,” McCormack said. “Things really picked for us in the third period where the girls were very aggressive on the forecheck.”
Makayla Pahl made 22 saves for Mayo (2-2-1 Big Nine, 2-3-2 overall). The Spartans play at Rochester Century at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Mankato West 4, Mayo 2
Mayo 0 2 0 — 2
Mankato West 2 2 0 — 4
Mayo: Layla Rippentrop 1 goal; Rioghnna Pittock 1 goal. Goalie: Makayla Pahl 22 saves.
Mankato West: Sunshine Langworthy 1 goal; Lindsey Hays 1 goal; Molly Grundhoffer 2 goals. Goalie: Sarah Olsen 21 saves.
Faribault pulls away to beat JM
Rochester John Marshall went toe-to-toe with Faribault for a period, but the Rockets’ offense dried up after that in a 9-3 Big Nine Conference girls hockey loss against the Falcons on Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Faribault led 4-3 after one period, but pulled away with three goals in the second period and added two more in the third.
“We had an exciting start to the first period,” JM coach Josh Chapman said. “Both of the teams went back and forth and everything was going in for everyone. Unfortunately we stopped doing that after the first.”
Ally Halverson scored twice for the Rockets, Greta Freed had a goal and an assist, and Ashley Koehler had one assist.
“We couldn’t get anything going after (the first period),” Chapman said. “We had a few chances that we couldn’t bury, but other than that it was all Faribault. Once we figure out our ‘D’ zone we will be OK. That’s where we struggle the most.
“Ally had a great game. Lauren Hugeback has been playing really well for us on (defense). Greta Freed was flying (Thursday) night. Unfortunately we just couldn’t put anything together.”
JM (1-4-0 Big Nine, 1-8-0 overall) plays at Osseo/Park Center on Saturday.
FARIBAULT 9, JM 3
Faribault 4 3 2 — 9
John Marshall 3 0 0 — 3
Faribault: Rylie Starkson 1 goal; Ellie Knutson 1 goal; Haley Lang 2 goals, 2 assists; Kayli Burkhartzmeyer 1 goal, 1 assist; Abigail Goodwin 1 goal, 1 assist; Anna Selly 1 assist; Olivia Williamson 2 goals, 3 assists; Ashley Rost 1 goal. Goalie: Mikayla Bohner 14 saves (17 shots).
John Marshall: Ally Halverson 2 goals; Greta Freed 1 goal, 1 assist; Ashley Koehler 1 assist. Goalie: Anysia Heimer 37 saves (46 shots).
AREA GAME Albert Lea 2, Austin 0
ALBERT LEA — Albert Lea scored two first-period goals and that was all it needed Thursday in a 2-0 Big Nine Conference girls hockey victory against Austin at Albert Lea City Arena.
Daysha Luttrell and Esther Yoon scored for Albert Lea. Shelby Davidson-Newkirk made 27 saves for Austin. Maddie Schneider made 35 saves to earn the shutout for the Tigers.
ALBERT LEA 2, AUSTIN 0
Austin 0 0 0 — 0
Albert Lea 2 0 0 — 2
Austin: Goalie: Shelby Davidson-Newkirk 27 saves (29 shots).
Albert Lea: Daysha Luttrell 1 goal; Esther Yoon 1 goal; Katie Steven 1 assist. Goalie: Maddie Schneider 35 saves (35 shots).