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2015 Girls' State Tournament

Packers power past Bluejackets

Conley and special teams propel South St. Paul to round two

(MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

Conley and special teams propel South St. Paul to round two

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SAINT PAUL – Special teams and great goalie play are keys to most hockey games. South St. Paul scored three power play goals against Hibbing/Chisholm, killed off one short handed situation and goalie Sydney Conley did the rest.

Sarah Fairbanks put the Bluejackets in front with a goal early in the first period. She took a nice pass from Lilly Rewertz and put the puck behind Conley.

The Packers would finish the first period strong however and came out of the locker room with the same momentum. Although down 1-0 they controlled the majority of the final two periods.

Hibbing/Chisholm's Lilly Rewertz tries to slow down South St. Paul's Anna Barlow in the Packers' 5-1 Class 1A quarterfinal win on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. (MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

Hibbing/Chisholm’s Lilly Rewertz tries to slow down South St. Paul’s Anna Barlow in the Packers’ 5-1 Class 1A quarterfinal win on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. (MHM Photo / Tim Kolehmainen)

“We didn’t panic,” South St. Paul defenseman Anna Barlow said. “We do pretty well staying calm and just getting the job done.”

The Packers got their opportunity on the power play and made it count. With over a minute of 5-on-3 power play time, they cashed in twice.  Barlow scored first followed by Abigail Felton from the right dot to give the Packers the lead.

“We got the power play opportunities and we made the most of it,” Packers’ coach Dave Palmquist said.

Conley allowed the early goal, but was outstanding the rest of the way. She stopped three breakaway chances in the second period alone.

Conley stopped 22 shots on the night, but at least a half dozen of them were spectacular. She erased a number of defensive mistakes by her teammates.

“I just do my job and stop one puck at a time,” Conley said. “The first two breakaways I got the benefit of being in the right spot.”

Felton effectively put the game away midway through the final period with her second goal of the game to put the Packers up 4-1. They would add another power play goal by Barlow to finish the scoring and give the Packers a 5-1 victory.

Brian started his writing career covering high school and college wrestling for The Guillotine. He started covering football for MinnesotaPreps.com shortly after. With MinnesotaPreps he also covered boys’ basketball. Brian has covered boys and girls hockey as well as a number of other high school sports during stints with the Star Tribune and the Minnesota State High School League. Still covering wrestling for The Guillotine, he currently covers high school football for NorthStarFootballNews.com.

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