The game was over before it even began as the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato girls hockey team throttled Prairie Centre 7-0 in the season opener.
Everything went right for the Dragons on both sides of the ice. On offense they outshot Prairie Centre 39-6. What’s even more impressive is that LDC held the Blue Devils to just one shot in each of the second and third periods.
Kourtney Meilke had a solid second period, netting three goals in a seven-minute span for her first hat trick of the young season.
Cassy Justison opened the scoring for the Dragons in the first period, followed by Lydia Niemela adding another goal six minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.
After Meilke’s big second period, LDC’s Emma DeWolf and Grace Braaten scored two more in the third period for good measure.
Kristen Foley and Sophia Hillmann each had three assists to tie Meilke in points for the game. Goaltender Avery Stilwell almost had the game off, saving all of the six shots that came her way.
The Dragons were scheduled to play their home opener Tuesday against Minnesota River, and their next game is 7 p.m. Friday when they host Luverne at the Litchfield Civic Ice Arena.
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 7, Prairie Centre (Nov. 7)
Litchfield/DC (1-0-0) ….. 2 3 2 — 7
Prairie Centre (0-1-0) ... 0 0 0 — 0
First period: L- Cassey Justison (Kristen Foley) 7:55; L- Lydia Niemela (Sophia Hillmann, Foley) 13:52
Second period: L – Kourtney Meilke (Alyssa Olson, Emily Johnson) 5:27; Meilke (Hillmann, Johnson) 8:52; Meilke (Foley) 12:27
Third period: L – Emma DeWolf (Hillmann) 0:11; Grace Braaten (Emmy Haataja) 16:15
PP: L/DC (0/2); Prairie Centre (0/2)
Shots: L/DC 39 (16-16-7); Prairie Centre 6 (4-1-1)
Saves: L — Avery Stilwell (6/6); PC- Kennedy Lemke (32/39)