Hoban stops 51 shots as Packer girls tie with HutchinsonPublished 3:15pm Friday, December 27, 2013
What a difference a day makes.
After struggling in an 8-2 loss to Mankato West in the first day of the Austin Merchants/Steve’s pizza girls hockey team, the Packers looked like a different team in Riverside Arena Friday.
Austin sophomore goalie Allison Hoban stopped 51 shots and the Packers scored a late goal to tie with Hutchinson 3-3 in the second day of the tournament.
“Hoban played outstanding,” Austin head coach Brett Vesel said. “We’ve got a couple of pretty good goalies and right now this looks like a win. We’d like to get a few more shots and cut down on their shots, but it’s night and day from yesterday. That’s the kind of effort we need.”
Hoban stopped 40 of the 41 shots she saw in the second period, third period and overtime and some of them were a high degree of difficulty.
“I felt pretty good about myself in there,” Hoban said. “It’s easier than having stand around the whole game, but I get nervous.”
The Tigers (4-6-1 overall) looked to be in position to win when Taylor Niece forced a turnover and knocked in a slap shot to put her team up 3-2 with 5:07 left in the game. The Packers (5-8-2 overall) had an answer when sophomore Madison Overby scored her second goal of the day on a tip in on a power play with two minutes left in the game.
“We knew we needed a goal,” Overby said. “I just happened to get my stick on it. It was really exciting.”
The Packers had their chances in overtime as Chloe Summerfield had a slap shot saved with one second left in the contest and Myia Hoium was stopped on a break-away chance with 2:07 left in the game.
Austin had 22 shots in the tie and Vesel said his team could be a little less choosy with its shot selection.
“About twenty of their shots were just junk shots and our shots were good shots, but that’s part of our problem,” Vesel said. “We’ve got to get some of those junk shots too and get rebounds.”
Overby said the Packers may have been a little too high on themselves before the West game Thursday. That loss left the team with a sense of determination and they bounced back strong on Friday.
“I think we were just caught in the break and we hadn’t practiced in a couple of days,” Overby said. “Now that we’re back in to it, we’re skating the way we had been. We had to do better for our fans and our teammates.”
Hutchinson had a 2-1 lead late in the first period when Justina Talamantes launched a slap shot that went in off Hutchinson goalie Desiree Teubert’s glove to tie the game at 2-2 with four seconds left in the first.
Hutchinson 2 0 1 0 – 3
Austin 2 0 1 0 – 3
(H) Addie Roling 10:17
(A) Madison Overby (Sam Grunewald, Chloe Summefield) 12:41
(H) Baylee Holtz (Allison Neubarth) 13:46
(A) Justina Talmantes (Summerfield) 16:56
(H) Taylor Niece 11:53
(A) Overby (Grunewald, Haley Tigner) (power play) 15:00
Shots: Austin – 22; Hutchinson – 54
Power plays: Austin – 1-for-1; Hutchinson – 0-for-4