Alex Pellicci

Prior Lake senior Alex Pellicci made 33 saves in the Lakers’ 3-0 South Suburban Conference loss at Farmington March 16.

The Prior Lake girls hockey team will be looking for more offense in the second half of the South Suburban Conference season.

Through 10 games, the Lakers were averaging just 2.1 goals per contest, which led to a 2-8 record. Prior Lake has scored more than two goals in a game just three times.

One game was a 4-1 win at Eagan Jan. 26 and the other was a 5-4 loss in overtime Feb. 6 at Lakeville South.

Prior Lake's other win is 3-0 versus Farmington to open the season Jan. 16. However, the Tigers returned the favor winning by that same margin Feb. 17.

The Lakers will end the regular season March 13 at home versus Lakeville North. The Section 2AA playoffs will start the following week. Dates and times have not yet been determined.

The Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors met Feb. 4 and approved state competitions for all winter sports. Girls hockey will begin with quarterfinal play March 26-27.

The semifinals are April 1 and the title game is April 3. The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul has been tentatively set as the venue.

Can the Lakers make an impact in the playoffs? Fifth-ranked Minnetonka is the team to beat. Eden Prairie, Chaska/Chanhassen, Holy Family, Shakopee, New Prague and Bloomington Jefferson is also in the field.

Prior Lake lost 7-0 to Eden Prairie in the section quarterfinals last year. The Lakers have just four playoff wins since becoming a Class 2A program at the start of the 2003-04 season.

In the loss to Farmington, senior Alex Pellicci finished with 33 saves for Prior Lake. The Lakers were outshot 36-19.

Through 10 games, sophomore Lula Swanson was leading the Lakers in goals scored with six, adding a pair of assists. Ninth-grader Ava Guillemette also totaled eight points in the first 10 games (3 goals, 5 assists).

Junior Ryane Kearns had four goals and four assists after 10 contests, while sophomore Brooke Holmes had two goals and two assists and eighth-grader Abby Grove had a goal and three assists.

Pellicci's goals-against average was 3.10 after 10 starts in goal.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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