White Bear Lake rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Mahtomedi 4-3 in overtime in the opener for both teams on Thursday evening with the game turning on two quick power play goals.
The Bears presented new coach Elsa Shorey with an exciting victory in her debut, at St. Croix Valley Rec Center in Stillwater. Shorey is a former Bear who previously coached Robbinsdale Cooper.
Jillian Moor got the game-winner 12 seconds into the overtime for the Bears, assisted by Stephanie Wolkerstorfer.
Emme Nelson drilled the first three goals of the game for Mahtomedi — two in the first period and another at 4:02 of the second period. Assisting on her goals were Erika Broten, Emma Dornseif (two) and Ellie Donovan.
The Bears were still down 3-0 with a minute left in the second period but got back in the game with power play goals seven seconds apart, after two checking penalties on Mahtomedi. Avery Snyder scored 5-on-3 (Maren Schoeberl and Gabby Hofeld assisting) and Zoe Timmons scored 5-on-4 (also with Schoeberl and Hofeld assisting).
Timmons knotted the score for the Bears at 10:08 with Wokerstorfer and Sam Schwarz assisting.
The Bears were 2-for-7 and the Zephyrs 0-for-3 on power plays. Bear goalie Maya Marston stopped 29 of 32 shots and Mahtomedi’s Lauren Hamme stopped 32 of 36