Rockets rip Austin#039;s net, 5-2

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Austin made a conscious effort to stop Rochester John Marshall's top scorer, but Jodi Holland would not be denied.

The Rocket freshman center scored two goals and added an assist as John Marshall moved to 4-0 in the Big Nine Conference with a 5-2 win over the host Packers Tuesday night at Riverside Arena.

Austin eighth-grader Kristin Faber had a goal and an assist in the second loss in as many league games for the Pack. Sophomore winger Courtney Hughes scored her first goal of the year to slim JM's first-period lead to 2-1, but another abysmal second period for the Packers proved to be the difference.

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"The difference was probably that first quick goal they got (in the second period), and then they got a few after that," Faber said. "We had too many penalties. We just didn't have any luck at all."

John Marshall (4-2, 4-0) made its own luck with Holland and fellow frosh Amanda McCoy, who also tallied two goals and an assist. McCoy scored the Rockets' first goal on their first shot just 2:12 into the game, netting a breakaway opportunity past Packer netminder Justine Wiste.

Later in the period, Holland cleared the puck and chased it into the Rockets' offensive zone before Wiste went to cover. The puck squirted out of Wiste's glove, giving Holland an empty net to shoot at and a 2-0 lead.

"I thought we did a pretty good job until that one," AHS coach Denny Bray said of his team's defensive effort on Holland. "She didn't get any goals off their offensive system, just her."

Hughes made it 2-1 on a rebound goal at 12:40 of the first period. Faber put a pass on Jessica Petersen's stick in front of the net and Hughes stuffed the loose puck home for her first point of the season.

But Austin's nemesis showed up immediately in the second period. McCoy cashed in on a defensive miscue and tallied a breakaway goal for the 3-1 lead just 38 seconds into the second frame. Holland made it 4-2 with some flash and flare, snapping home a rebound after Wiste stoned her from point-blank range.

"Again it was that second period," Bray said. "The girls just know that we've got some work to do. We're not getting the breaks either, and you need some breaks.

"We were in it, but they scored that quick one right away and we just went flat."

Amy Fordham scored a power-play goal for JM later in the second, sending the Rocket lead to an insurmountable three-goal margin. McCoy, Holland and Fordham accounted for all three John Marshall goals and three assists.

Faber found the back of the net on a 5-on-3 power play in the third, redirecting a shot from the slot by Kati Radford-Garcia for her second goal of the season. Austin had 57 seconds left of 5-on-4 hockey but John Marshall managed to kill off the last penalty.

"I feel confident that we'll play well against them the next time, we've just got to keep working hard," Bray said.

Faber was given the game puck by her Packer coaches, taking the team lead with three points so far this season. Austin hosts the four-team Weyerhaeuser Tournament Friday and Saturday, starting with the Packers' noon pairing with Mankato West. Despite the tournament setting the game will count as a conference clash.