Tough Week for Hawks


The North Wright County River Hawks are facing some adversity at the midpoint of their season. After a 3-2 loss at St. Louis Park on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and a 3-3 tie with Prior Lake at Albertville on Thursday, Oct. 15, the Hawks are on a five-game winless streak that has dropped their overall record to 5-6-3.

Despite the recent slide they are still tied for third place with five points in the Mississippi 8 Conference behind Buffalo (10 points) and Princeton (8). Their league record is 2-1-1. The loss at St. Louis Park was North Wright County’s third in a row. St. Louis Park struck first just four minutes into the game, but McKayla Petersen knotted the score at one before the end of the first period.

The Hawks fell behind again two minutes into the third period as St. Louis Park went ahead 2-1, but Lindsay Finnerty answered just over a minute later with help from Marina Chapman to make the score 2-2. St. Louis Park scored the decisive goal in the closing minutes, and held a 21-14 shot advantage in the game.

Later in the week the Hawks were cruising with a 3-0 lead and less than 10 minutes remaining in the game against Prior Lake when a sudden collapse allowed Prior Lake to score three goals in the span of two minutes to tie the score. Prior Lake held a 17-7 shot advantage in the third period and rallied with two even-strength goals and one power-play marker.

Scoring for North Wright County in the first, second and third periods of the game were, respectively, Finnerty on assists from Molly Young and Rachel King, King on an assist to Finnerty, and Brooke Johnson with help from Lexy Fuertenberg and Petersen. Prior Lake held a 38-34 shot advantage in the game.