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Five area players named to all-state hockey team

Five area players have been named to the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Class A all-state team. The five are Cynthia Loven and Kenzie Whalen of East Grand Forks Senior High; Madi Oelkers and Kaitlyn Kotlowski of Section 8A champion an...

Kenzie Whalen, EGF Senior High
Kenzie Whalen

Five area players have been named to the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Class A all-state team.

The five are Cynthia Loven and Kenzie Whalen of East Grand Forks Senior High; Madi Oelkers and Kaitlyn Kotlowski of Section 8A champion and state runner-up Warroad; and Tessa Jorde of Thief River Falls.

Loven, a senior forward for the 18-9-1 Green Wave, led Senior High's offense in goals (31) and and was second on the team in points (43).

Whalen, a senior goalie for the 8A runner-up Wave, had a 15-9-1 record, with a .922 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average. She was honorable mention all-state as a junior.

Oelkers, a senior forward, led 24-4-2 Warroad in goals (43) and points (74). She was honorable mention all-state as a junior.

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Kotlowski, a junior defenseman, finished with 16 goals-three of them in the state tournament-and 37 points. She was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore.

Jorde, a senior defenseman for the 17-7-2 Prowlers, had nine goals and 16 assists on the season.

Thief River Falls had two all-state honorable mentions, freshman forward Shelby Breiland (25 goals-17 assists) and sophomore defenseman Khloe Lund (7-18).

Section 8AA runner-up Roseau had one player recognized, as senior defenseman Jenna Byfuglien (13-13) was a Class AA honorable mention all-stater.

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