Petersen leads KnightRiders to win over Jamestown
Katelin Petersen is a self-described grinder, getting a lot of her goals working around the net.
On Saturday, the junior's skating skills were a factor, as she scored a pair of goals in leading Grand Forks past visiting Jamestown 4-2 in high school hockey.
"I like to play down low around the net,'' Petersen said. "I'm more of a gritty player.
"But I think I'm pretty fast, too. They turned the puck over and I was able to take advantage of opportunities.''
Petersen's first goal came on a power play. She skated into the right circle and scored for a 2-1 lead at the 11:04 mark of the second period.
Jamestown tied the score on an Ella Roaldson goal 2:41 into the third. But Petersen scored the go-ahead goal at 10:26 when she took possession of the puck in the neutral zone, skated around two defenders and flicked in a backhand from short range on the left side of the net.
"I was just trying to get the puck on the net,'' said Petersen of her team-leading seventh goal this season. "People were crashing the net. It just went in.''
"Katelin is a complete player,'' KnightRiders coach Alex Hedlund said. "She had a little more time and space to make plays today.''
Peyton Kriewald added an insurance goal for the final 4-2 score.
Grand Forks also got a goal from Jessica Lee, who has scored in every win and hasn't scored in a loss this season for the 3-2 KnightRiders.
Grand Forks had a 39-21 advantage in shots on goal. But Grand Forks goalie Teresa Mattson came up with some crucial plays, including a stop on a breakaway and four saves in a massive third-period scramble in front of the net.
"Those were some quality saves that we really needed,'' Hedlund said. "There were a couple of scrambles where they jabbed two or three shots at her.''
Jamestown appeared to have some momentum after blankin Grand Forks in a five-minute power play late in the second period, then tying the score on Roaldson's goal early in the third. But Mattson's four saves in the scrum "was big,'' Blue Jays coach Andy Fitzgerald said. "We didn't get a lot of great scoring chances. That was one that we didn't capitalize on.''
Erin Anderson had 35 saves for the 0-7-0 Blue Jays.
"She (Anderson) kept us in the game, especially early,'' Fitzgerald said.
Sydney Soulis also scored for Jamestown.