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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 11:44 pm

FAIRBANKS — Five players contributed two points each and goaltender Sabrina Nichols faced only five shots, as the Arctic Bears girls high school team remained unbeaten with a 6-1 win over Mat-Su on Thursday night in the Patty Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Bears scored four times in the first period and twice in the third period on the way to improving to 7-0-1 following the opener of the scheduled four-game, three-day series against the Ravens.

“As a coaching staff, we’re really blessed with a good group of kids,” Bears head coach Shawn Lundgren said by telephone Thursday. “They’re obviously very skilled, they work hard, they’re very competitive and they’re coachable.

“We’ve had some early success and our goal is to continue working hard and improving as the season progresses,” Lundgren added.

Courtney Cox and Karly Vohden scored two goals apiece Thursday while Jade Meier had a goal and an assist.

Jacquline Hartman and Peyton Lake distributed two assists each.

Janelle Pascoe also scored, and Zahn Thompson and Dynnea Bezona had individual helpers.

Despite the five-goal advantage, Lundgren said he didn’t think the Bears played one of their better games of the season.

“We got some quick goals early and we sat back after that,” he said.

“One of our strengths is our ability to skate really well and move the puck well,” Lundgren added. “We ended up getting caught flat-footed. We didn’t execute as well as we could have done, but tomorrow is a new game and hopefully, we’ll be a lot better.”

The Ravens scored in the third period, but no details were available.

The series resumes at 5:30 p.m. today, and the teams are slated to play twice Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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