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Cougars pull away for girls’ victory over Watertown

Alyssa Roehrich, of the Aberdeen Cougars girls varsity, far right, hits the puck as Devin Hunter, center and Avelia Colon, far left, defend during Friday night’s game at the Odde Ice Center. Roehrich had a goal and two assists in a win at Watertown on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 1/20/2023

WATERTOWN – The Aberdeen Cougars scored five unanswered goals to pull away from a 2-1 lead and collect a 7-1 girls’ hockey win over the Watertown Lakers on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars have now scored 21 goals in the last two games.

Like it did in Friday’s victory over Huron, Aberdeen had a bit of a slow start against the Lakers before getting the offense going.

“It was another one of those games where it just took us a little while to get going,” said Cougars coach Rob Weinmeister. “We had a lot of shots in the first two periods, but not a lot of good shots. Once we started moving and attacking, putting pressure on, we created a few more better scoring opportunities.”

Allison Wohl and Ema Rehder had two first-period goals to put the Cougars up early. Rehder added another goal in the second.

The Cougars then dominated the third period with four more goals, coming from Rachel Siefken, Alyssa Roehrich, Kalin Hepper, and Kailyn Poppen.

The Cougars ended up outshooting the Lakers 50-12.

Aberdeen, 16-3 on the season, travels to Mitchell for another league game today. Weinmeister said the team can’t afford to have another slow start against the Marlins.

“We’re going to have to be able to play at a high level from the start of the game (Sunday),” Weinmeister said.

Aberdeen Cougars 2 1 4 – 7

Watertown Lakers 1 0 0 – 1

First Period: 1, AC, Allison Woehl (Alyssa Roehrich), 7:40; 2, AC, Ema Rehder, 6:06; 3, Wtn, Jada Jenkins (Janel Lloyd), 5:59.

Second Period: 4, AC, Rehder, 4:03.

Third Period: 5, AC, Rachel Siefken (Roehrich), 8:55; 6, AC, Roerich (Kailyn Poppen), 8:16; 7, AC, Kalin Hepper (Woehl), 6:39; 8, AC, Poppen, 3:13.

Shots on Goal: Aberdeen Cougars, 50; Watertown Lakers 12.

Goalies: Aberdeen Cougars, Chloe Vikander (11 saves); Watertown Lakers, Angelyn Birnell (43 saves).

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