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Kaylyn Eggena’s overtime goal lifted the Northern Lakes Lighting girls’ hockey team past International Falls 3-2 in the championship game of the Green Division of the Schwan Cup on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Ridder Arena of University of Minnesota.

"Our senior leaders really stepped up throughout the weekend," said Northern Lakes coach Kristen Harsha. "Our junior varsity team also played well and ended up placing third in the Red Division."

The Lightning, 7-6 overall, will next host Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference game at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Lightning 3,

International Falls 2

In Saturday’s championship game, Northern Lakes trailed 1-0 when Jenna Anderson scored at 5:23 of the second period.

The Lightning gained the lead with a pair of quick goals by Alex Palm later in the period. The first goal, assisted by Courtney Kittock and Sam Henrichs, tied it at 12:22, and then Palm netted an unassisted goal just 2:33 later to make it 2-1.

The Broncos tied it with the only goal of the third period when Amber Tilander scored at 9:35.

Northern Lakes then won the title when Eggena scored after a scramble in front of the net, assisted by Mariah Reed and Morgan Demars, at 6:06 of overtime.

Winning goaltender Kat Jensen finished with 24 saves while Taylor Fish stopped 23 shots for International Falls.

International Falls 0 1 1 0 – 2

Northern Lakes 0 2 0 1 – 3

Second period: IF-Jenna Anderson (Hillary Fox, Amy Auran) 5:23; NL-Alex Palm (Courtney Kittock, Sam Henrichs) 12:22; NL-Palm 14:55

Third period: IF-Amber Tilander (Ashley Johnson) 9:35

Overtime: NL-Kaylyn Eggena (Mariah Reed, Morgan Demars) 6:06

Shots on goal: IF 26, NL 26

Goalies: IF-Taylor Fish 23; NL-Kat Jensen 24

Lightning 3, St. Francis 2

Reed netted the game-winning goal at 13:51 of the third period to lift Northern Lakes past St. Francis in the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 28.

Palm opened the game with a goal in the first period and Eggena followed with a goal in the second period. Megan Snyder, Kittock, and Mikaela Florey each had assists for Northern Lakes while Jensen kicked away 20 of the 22 shots she faced in goal.

St. Francis 1 0 1 — 2

Northern Lakes 1 1 1 — 3

First period: NL-Alex Palm (Megan Snyder, Courtney Kittock) 11:56; SF-Natalie St. Marie (Kalley Wagner) 14:13

Second period: NL-Kaylyn Eggena (Mikaela Florey) 8:43

Third period: SF-Wagner (Paige Swenson, Jessica St. Marie); NL-Mariah Reed 13:51

Shots on goal: NL 23, SF 22

Goalies: NL-Jensen (20 saves); SF-Dakotah Bullen (20 saves)

Lightning 13, Worthington 1

Sam Henrichs and Kaylyn Eggena combined for four goals and five assists as Northern Lakes enjoyed a 47-2 edge in shots on goal to defeat Worthington in the opening round of the Schwan Cup on Thursday, Dec. 27, in Blaine.

Eggena finished with two goals (scored 12 seconds apart) and three assists while Henrichs contributed two goals and a pair of assists. Mariah Reed added three assists and a goal.

Also scoring goals for the Lightning were Alex Palm, Ashley Kosloski, Sam Gutzman, Morgan Demars, Kim Jessen, Britta Brittner, Courtney Kittock and Isabella Abear. The only Worthington goal came on a penalty shot as time expired in the game.

Worthington 0 0 1 — 1

Northern Lakes 11 1 1 — 13

First period: NL-Sam Henrichs (Isabella Abear, Courtney Kittock) 1:04; NL-Abear (Kittock) 7:23; NL-Mariah Reed (Kaylyn Eggena, Megan Snyder) 8:07, NL-Henrichs 9:10; NL-Eggena (Reed, Erika Monson) 9:37; NL-Eggena (Reed) 9:49; NL-Ashley Kosloski (Reed) 13:08; NL-Morgan Demars (Henrichs) 14:16; NL-Kittock (Alex Palm, Snyder) 14:36; NL-Sam Gutzman (Britta Brittner) 14:51; NL-Kim Jessen (Abear, Henrichs) 15:21

Second period: NL-Palm (Eggena, Kosloski) 16:47

Third period: NL-Brittner (Eggena) shg 16:47; W-Allison Kremer (penalty shot) 17:00

Shots on goal: NL 47, W 2

Goalies: NL-Jensen (1 save); W-Amanda Bristow (34 saves)

Silver Bay 1, Lightning 0

Jensen made 26 saves in net for Northern Lakes, who lost at Silver Bay in a non-conference game on Friday, Dec. 21.

The Mariners enjoyed 27-26 shots on goal advantage with Rebecca Dilley scoring the game’s only goal on a power play early in the third period.

Silver Bay 0 0 1 — 1

Northern Lakes 0 0 0 — 0

Third period: SB-Rebecca Dilley (Anna Caman, Nicole Jaeger) ppg :40

Shots on goal: NL 26, SB-27

Goalies: NL-Jensen (26 saves); SB-Cassie Swanson (26 saves)

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