Spartans hand Polars a 2-0 loss in CSC girls' hockey

The Simley Spartans kept the North Polars at bay during their Dec. 16 girls' hockey contest and left Polar with a 2-0 Classic Suburban Conference shutout.

Simley also limited the Polars to just 12 goal attempts in the girls' hockey win.

The Spartans dominated the game from start to finish.

"I thought we played well. We had a lot of opportunities and many rebounds, but North did a good job of clearing the puck," said Simley head coach Ashley Stewart. "Our goal this year is to keep improving. I thought our girls did that and we got better with each period we played tonight," she said.

The Spartans first save against the Polars came at 11:23 into the game. While the Polars only were able to muster 12 goal attempts, the Spartans peppered their net and goalie Jessica Folkerts with 44.

Folkerts turned out a top performance for the Polars by blocking many of the Spartans goals from point-blank range.

The Spartans scored only one goal against the Polars with Folkerts blocking the net. They scored their second when Folkerts was pulled from the net in favor of a sixth player on the ice.

By midway through the third period, it appeared the game would go into overtime with the score tied at 0-0.

The Spartans were the first to break the ice on a pass from Jessica Pate to Sydney Knutson, who sent it on to Laken Muller.

Folkerts skated away from the net to her right in an attempt to smother the puck but Muller beat her to it for a goal at 8:17 of the third period.

The Polars responded on the power play just over 3 minutes later to give the Spartans a scare.

Then, to make mattes worse for the Spartans, they took a second penalty and the Polars earned a two-skater advantage.

Simley goalie Kristen Jung stepped up and blocked any threat from North and her teammates protected the net as well.

Then North traded Folkerts at her goal post for another skater on offense and the Spartans took the opportunity to net another point. Knutson and Muller passed to Pate, who scored with just seven seconds left on the clock for the final 2-0 win by the Spartans.

Simley played Dec. 20 against Holy Family Catholic of Waconia at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena and have a game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 against St. Paul United at Veterans Memorial.

The Polars travel to Tartan Arena for a rival game against the Titans at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Their next hockey appearance is in the annual Centennial Invitational Girls' Hockey Tournament at Centennial Arena Dec. 27-29. 

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