CENTURY FALLS IN OPENER
Minnesota River scored on the first shift of the first girls hockey game of the season, the start of a 6-2 non-conference girls hockey victory against Rochester Century at Graham Arena on Thursday.
Century's Kailey Birkestrand tied the score 1-1 with a goal at the 9:11 mark of the opening period, but the Bulldogs (1-0-0) scored the next four girls to pull away.
Birkestrand also had one assist for Century (0-1-0), which also received a second-period goal from Inga Skoglund.
The Panthers open Big Nine Conference play next Thursday at Owatonna.
MINNESOTA RIVER 6, CENTURY 2
Minnesota River: Keely Olness 1 goal, 1 assist; Anna Pavlo 2 goals, 1 assist; Makenna Mueller 1 assist; Emma Seaver 2 assists; Nicole McCabe 1 assist; Adrianna Bixby 1 goal; Elle Davis 1 assist; Ella Boomgaarden 2 goals, 1 assist. Goalie: Madison Kisor.
Rochester Century: Megan Andrist 1 assist; Inga Skoglund 1 goal; Kailey Birkestrand 1 goal, 1 assist; Collette Barry 1 assist. Goalie: Abi Conners.