Packers can’t keep up with Mayo

Published 10:54 pm Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Austin girls hockey team started fast but slowed down in a 6-2 loss at Mayo Thursday.

Although they put up just three shots in the first period, the Packers (4-8-2 overall, 1-6 Big Nine) scored twice off two goals by Ashley Arhart within a minute to take a 2-0 lead.

But Mayo responded with a goal by Mary Grace Flesher 23 seconds later, and the Spartans added three more scores in the second period to take the lead for good.

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“We played pretty hard in the first period,” Austin head coach Denny Bray said. “In the second period, we kind of let them run the ice.”

Mayo outshot Austin 40-14 on the night.

The Packers were playing without seniors Kyli Ellingson and Catherine Wagner.

Austin 2 0 0 — 2

Mayo 1 3 2 — 6

First period

(A) Ashley Arhart (Alex Larson) (shorthanded) 15:36

(A) Arhart 16:24

(M) Mary Grace Flesher (Keri Pickel) 16:47

Second period

(M) Melena Nelson 8:19

(M) Mackenzie McCormack (Katie Trangsrud) 13:46

(M) Pickel (Flesher, Anna Billings) 14:44

Third period

(M) Flesher (Pickel) 1:30

(M) Courtney Schubauer (Billings) 4:20