Mounds View takes down SLP/SAV in season opener

The coaching staff of the Mounds View High School girls hockey team stressed getting off to a good start in the squad's season opener Thursday night against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village at Fogerty Arena in Blaine. That turned out not to be an issue as the Mustangs scored twice in the first minute of the game en route to a 6-0 victory.

Senior Kathryn Larson got Mounds View off and running with a goal on the opening rush of the game and freshman Sydney Brodt added a second goal less than a minute later on a power play. Brodt and Larson also scored again later in the game and the Mustangs also got goals from Bella Sutton and Lauren Klein.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village sophomore goaltender Mackensay Kelly saw plenty of shots and finished with 23 saves, including 12 in the third period. Mounds View counterpart Paige Kittleson stopped all 14 of the shots she faced.

After the initial onslaught and an early timeout, the Panthers settled into their game and kept Mounds View off the scoreboard for the rest of the first period and nearly eight minutes into the second.

Mounds View co-head coaches Aaron Moberg and Christina Hanson said they were happy with the victory but noted that there are still plenty of things to work on before the Mustangs' next game.

The Mustangs have a week before they take the ice again in a game. Mounds View plays in a tournament hosted by Irondale on Nov. 23-24 at the Super Rink in Blaine. The opening game of the tournament for Mounds View is Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. against Champlin Park. On the 24th, the Mustangs play either Irondale or SLP/SAV.

Mounds View 2 3 1 - 6 SLP/SAV 0 0 0 - 0

First period: 1 - MV, Larson (Brodt), :06. 2 - Brodt (Sutton, Marvin), :11 (pp).

Second period: 3 - MV, Brodt (Larson), 7:39. 4 - MV, Sutton (Larson, Quickstad), 8:34. 5 - MV, Klein (Marvin), 16:54.

Third period: 6 - MV, Larson (unassisted), 15:43 (sh).

Shots on goal: MV, 7-9-13 - 29. SLP/SAV, 4-3-7 - 14.

Saves: MV, Kittleson 4-3-7 - 14. SLP/SAV, Kelly 5-6-12 - 23.