Kate Holtz scored with 3:30 to go in regulation to lift the Austin Packers past Rochester John Marshall in a hard-fought Big Nine Conference girls hockey game Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Holtz's allowed the Packers to breathe a sigh of relief after letting a 2-0 lead slip away.
Ashley Koehler scored at 8:59 of the second period to pull JM within 2-1 -- just 54 seconds after Austin's Jordyn McCormack scored to give her team a two-goal advantage.
JM's Alyssa Kang then scored 8:59 into the third to tie the score, setting up Holtz's dramatic game winner in the closing minutes of the third period.
Austin's A.J. Barrera also scored, opening the scoring at the 13:40 mark of the first period.
Shots on goal for the game were not available. Kyia Radford Garcia was the winning goalie, while JM's Anysia Heimer played well in a close loss.
JM (1-5-0 overall, 1-3-0 Big Nine) hosts rival Rochester Mayo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rec Center. Austin (1-3-0, 1-3-0) plays at Mankato West on Tuesday.
AUSTIN 3, JM 2
Austin 1 1 1 — 3
John Marshall 0 1 1 — 2
Austin: A.J. Barrera 1 goal; Mikiah Rumsey 1 assist; Alexis Stich 2 assists; Kate Holtz 1 goal, 1 assist; Jordyn McCormack 1 goal, 1 assist. Goalie: Kyia Radford Garcia.
Rochester John Marshall: Alyssa Kang 1 goal, 1 assist; Kinsey Torgrimson 2 assists; Ashley Koehler 1 goal; Greta Freed 1 assist. Goalie: Anysia Heimer.
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DODGE COUNTY SHUTS OUT OWATONNA
OWATONNA — Sky Hughes stopped all 25 shots she faced and Kennedy Kraus scored twice to lead Dodge County to a 3-0 girls hockey victory against Owatonna on Saturday.
The Wildcats shut down the Huskies' offensive attack, limiting Owatonna to no more than nine shots on goal in any period.
Malia Schubert scored the game-winning goal on a power play in the first period, then Kraus scored once in the second and once in the third.
Dodge County (4-2-0) hosts Moose Lake Area at 7 p.m. Friday.
DODGE COUNTY 3, OWATONNA 0
Dodge County 1 1 1 — 3
Owatonna 0 0 0 — 0
Dodge County: Kennedy Kraus 2 goals; Malia Schubert 1 goal; Kayla Schubert 1 assist; McKenna Freerksen 1 assist; Navaeh Trihey 1 assist. Goalie: Sky Hughes 25 saves (25 shots).
Owatonna: Goalie: Asia Buryska 26 saves (28 shots).