Olson scores four goals as Fairmont defeats Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- Ashley Olson is fun to watch -- except when one is watching from the opposing bench.
A senior forward for the Fairmont girls' hockey team, Olson had four goals and two assists Friday night to lead the Cardinals to a 6-0 victory over Worthington.
"She's impressive; she's really good," Worthington coach Jill Cuperus said, referring to Olson. "She's fun to watch, but not when you're on the other end of it."
Olson dominated the game and displayed unmatched stickhandling, skating ability, patience and vision.
She scored the winning goal just 3:13 into the game, beating one of the Southwest Conference's top goaltenders, Worthington senior Taylor Baumhoefner.
Olson skated into the zone and split two defenders, giving her a clear path toward the net. She faked a wrist shot, forcing Baumhoefner to drop to her knees, before skating through the crease and firing the puck into the net.
Nearly six minutes later, Olson powered her way past a defender down the boards and fired a back-handed shot that caromed off Fairmont's Angie Madrigal and past Baumhoefner.
Olson recorded her second goal of the night with 50 seconds remaining in the period. Starting in her own zone, she skated her way past five Worthington defenders en route to the crease, where she beat Baumhoefner to the top shelf.
"It's really hard to compete with Ashley Olson -- she's impressive to watch," Cuperus said. "Her stickhandling is something else."
Olson wasn't finished.
Seven minutes into the second period, she raced down the left side and cut through the middle. Patiently, she waited as two Worthington defenders threw themselves to the ice in attempts to block her shot, only to move past them, find an open window to shoot and bury a rocketing wrister in the net.
Olson recorded a hat trick nearly thee minutes later, and, with 39 seconds remaining in the second period, she added her fourth.
The Trojans, however, weren't without scoring chances of their own.
With 3:54 remaining in the first period, Worthington's Erin Heffernen forced a turnover at Fairmont's blue line. The sophomore defender raced down the ice on a breakaway, but Cardinals goaltender Jessi Wiederhoeft made a brilliant glove save on Worthington's lone shot on goal in the period.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Worthington's Lexi Standafer burst out of the penalty box and corralled a pass from a teammate. The sophomore forward raced toward the crease on a breakaway, but Wiederhoeft made another remarkable save.
"That was perfect timing," Cuperus said, referring to Standafer's convenient release from the penalty box.
Worthington recorded just seven shots on goal, but each presented good scoring chances.
"It's really frustrating," Cuperus said. "We've been working on it in practice -- we need to follow through and finish it off."
Fairmont had 45 shots on goal, and Baumhoefner stopped 39.
Fairmont 3 3 3 -- 6
Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0
Luverne 8, RV 1
LUVERNE -- Katie Shearer scored her first career goal as Luverne defeated Redwood Valley Friday night.
Shearer scored the lone Cardinal (3-5) goal in the second period as Luverne scored four times in the first and three times in the third period in the seven-goal victory.
Kelsey Theesfeld stopped 10 RV shots, as Luverne had 26 shots on goal.
Liz Solma, Kat Dahl, Mikki Fitzer and Emily Spreiter each scored a goal in the first period as Luverne had a 4-1 lead.
After Shearer's goal increased the lead to 5-1, Dahl, Paige Olson and Morgan Sommers each scored in the third period to seal the victory.
Luverne will host New Ulm Tuesday.
RV 1 0 0 --1
Luverne 4 1 3 -- 8