Spartans stop Packers

Published 9:58 pm Thursday, January 27, 2011

Austin’s Rebecca Bartlett, left, and Abby Gallaher, right, battle with Rochester Mayo’s Anne Backlund for the puck during Austin’s 6-2 loss in Riverside Arena Thursday. Gallaher and Backlund were both called for penalties on the play. -- Rocky Hulne/

Austin scored the first and last goals of the night, but the Spartans scored all the goals in between in a girls hockey game in Riverside Thursday.

Rochester Mayo had four of its goals in the first period and it ended up beating the Packers 6-2.

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Kirsten Stanek put Austin on top 1-0 in the second minute of the game when she slapped home a one-timer from Ashley Arhart.

Mayo’s Kelli Anderson found the back of the net just 46 seconds later and Meg Transgrud put the Spartans up for good eight minutes after that.

“We knew Mayo was quick and fast,” Austin head coach Denny Bray said. “They’re young and they’re rebuilding, but their 14 and under team was one of the best teams in the state last year.”

Austin goalie Allison Hoban comes out to cover the puck as Mayo's Makinzee Kazeck closes in during Austin's loss to the Spartans in Riverside Arena Thursday. -- Rocky Hulne/

Austin’s seventh grade goalie Allison Hoban let one get between her legs to make it 5-1 in the second, but she recovered from that point and stopped 15 of the 16 shots she saw in the third period. Hoban finished with 36 saves, while Austin (5-17-1 overall, 1-11-1 Big Nine) had just 21 shots.

“We’re rebuilding this year. We’ve only got one veteran defenseman and a young goalie,” Bray said.

Despite allowing an early third period goal, the Packers didn’t give in and they finally got on the board again when Carley Grunewald slapped home a pass from Ashley Arhart on a two-on-one breakaway shorthanded goal late in the third.

“That’s what’s special about this team,” Bray said. “We don’t give up and we keep working, we just haven’t had the pucks bounce our way this season. We just kind of look at each other like ‘what do we need to do to get a bounce.’”


Mayo 4 1 1 — 6

Austin 1 0 1 — 2

First period

(A) Kirsten Stanek (Ashley Arhart, Justina Talamantes) 1:11

(M) Kelli Anderson (Makinzee Kazeck) 1:57

(M) Meg Trangsrud (Gabrielle Laures, Kazeck) 10:24

(M) Stephanie Stettler (powerplay) (Anderson) 13:16

(M) Emily Nelson 16:34

Second period

(M) Nelson (Kazeck) 11:19

Third period

(M) Laures 1:39

(A) Carley Grunewald (shorthanded) (Arhart) 10:18

Powerplays: Austin — 0-for-3; Mayo — 1-for-2

Shots: Austin — 21; Mayo — 42