FAIRBANKS - This time, the Arctic Bears put the hammer down in the third period against Dimond/ West Anchorage in girls high school hockey action.
After watching a three-goal lead melt away to a 4-4 tie in the season-opener between the two teams Thursday night, the Arctic Bears weren’t about to let that happen again Friday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.
Leading 4-1 going into the third period, the Arctic Bears scored the lone goal in the third period to clinch a 5-1 win “The big difference was they hit the gas pedal and a more complete hockey game,” Arctic Bears coach Shawn Lundgren said Friday night. “They realized that if you don’t finish anyone can end up winning the game.”
The score was tied at 1-1 after the first period Friday night.
Erika Martin got the Arctic Bears on the scoreboard first when she scored with 10:15 remaining in the opening stanza with assists going to Jacquline Hartman and Darcy Peter. Brandi Muller tied it for Dimond/West off an assist from Leandra Murray with 6:37 remaining.
Martin scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, 19 seconds into the second period with assists from Zahn Thompson and Courtney Evans. Lisa Laiti made 3-1 Arctic Bears midway through the period with assists from Karly Vohden and Jade Meier.
Mackenzie Sylvester wrapped up the second-period scoring when she found the back of the net with 2:53 remaining on the clock. The assist went to Dynnea Bezona.
Bezona wrapped up the scoring in the third period with assists from Peyton Lake and Sylvester.
Arctic Bears goalie Sabrina Nichols stopped 13 shots, while Dimond/West goalie Isabella Sellers stopped 24 shots.
“I think we got a good wake up call Thursday night,” Lundgren said. “The girls responded and played a lot better today.”
The two teams complete their three-game series at 11 a.m. today at the Patty Center.
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