Packer girls bounce back with a win over JM

Published 9:53 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

Just two days after they suffered a 10-3 loss to Rochester Mayo, the Austin girls hockey team was back at it and they came to play.

The Packers received a standout performance from a freshman goalie to beat Rochester John Marshall 4-1 in Riverside Arena Thursday.

Austin’s Myia Hoium fires a shot during the first period against Rochester John Marshall Thursday night in Riverside Arena. Eric Johnson/

The Rockets (0-6 overall, 0-3 Big Nine) were on the attack early on as they fired off 20 first period shots as JM’s Ally Halverson scored to put them up 1-0 late in the first. Austin’s Shelby Davidson-Newkirk was equal to the task in net as she shut down most of JM’s early chances and finished with 41 saves in her first career start.

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“I was anxious about how it was going to go on whether or not I was going to let a bunch in,” Davidson-Newkirk said. “I feel really good about it. I thought I was going to give up at least two goals.”

Austin’s goalie Shelby Davidson-Newkirk puts up a wall on Rochester John Marshall’s Lauren Hugeback in the second period Thursday night. Eric Johnson/

The Packers (2-1 overall, 2-1 Big Nine) also killed all five of JM’s power plays and they took a 3-1 lead in the third period when Myia Hoium scored a power play goal and a short handed goal in a three-minute spurt.

“We changed up the lines a little bit and I think that really helped. We’re learning to skate with other people and I think we have lines that really click now,” Hoium said. “We really trust both of our goalies a lot and our defense does a good job of clearing it most of the time.”

Austin head coach Carley Grunewald was pleased with what Davidson-Newkirk showed in her first start and she also liked how her team bounced back from a tough loss in Rochester Mayo Tuesday.

Austin’s Jordyn McCormack slaps the puck out of the air for a goal over Rochester John Marshall goalie Anysia Heimer during the third period Thursday night in Riverside Arena. The goal was called off, however, for high sticking. Eric Johnson/

“We have a lot of character on this team and that shows a lot. They’ve got a lot of camaraderie and it was a good win today, especially after that 10-3 loss,” Grunewald said. “[Davidson-Newkirk] came out good and she was focused. You could see that she had a little bit of jitters early on, but then she was calm and collected. It worked out well for us and hopefully we’ll see her a lot more during the season.”


JM 1 0  0    1

Austin 1 2  1    4

First period

(J) Ally Halverson 15:30

(A) Jaiden Schuster (Lilly Holtz) 15:57

Second period

(A) Myia Hoium (power play) 6:36

(A) Hoium (short handed) 9:03

Third period

(A) Jordyn McCormack (Schuster) 7:07

Shots: Austin — 37; John Marshall — 42

Power plays: Austin — 1-for-3; JM — 0-for-5

Austin’s Sarah Wangen battles against the boards against Rochester John Marshall Thursday night at Riverside Arena. Eric Johnson/