BISMARCK, N.D. - The Aberdeen Cougars girls' hockey team suffered a pair of shutouts during the first day of the Bismarck Tournament on Saturday.
The Cougars opened the day with an 8-0 loss to the Bismarck Avalanche and followed with a 16-0 loss to the Regina (Sask.) Capitals. In the loss to Bismarck, Lisa Bretsch faced 43 shots in goal for the Cougars, making 35 saves. Aberdeen had 23 shots.
We held them scoreless until the last five minutes of the first period, said Aberdeen coach Eric Johnson. We played hard in the first period, but went back on our heels and were very flat in the second and third periods.
Jessie Binstock tallied three goals and McKenzie Carlson had two goals to pace the Bismarck effort.
Size-wise, we matched up comparably with them, but they moved the puck better than us, said Johnson. If our girls come out stronger (Sunday), we can play closer with them.
Johnson said the team from Regina was by far the strongest team we've faced all year. The Capitals scored six times in the first period, five in the second and six more in the third. Petra Kujawa had four goals to the Capitals' offense. Hailey Huff was the Aberdeen goalie, facing 61 shots, while the Cougars had eight shots on goal.
They were big and strong and fast, said Johnson. Every shot on Hailey was a quality shot and set up very well. They are a step above anything we have in South Dakota. I think we played hard and I was proud of our intensity. If we're going to keep it closer (Sunday), we're going to have to position better, play the body more and be more aggressive.
The Cougars face the same two teams again today, Regina at 8:15 a.m. and Bismarck at 1 p.m.