Albert Lea hockey girls edged by Faribault

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 10, 1999

Sooner or later, it will happen.

Friday, December 10, 1999

Sooner or later, it will happen. Coach Mike Miller is convinced of that.

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It almost happened Thursday night.

And maybe it should have.

Miller’s Albert Lea High School girls’ hockey team, in its third year as an official program, outshot visiting Faribault 39-26 Thursday but came away with a 3-1 loss at the City Arena.

It left the Tigers 1-5 for the season and still looking for their first Big Nine Conference win in the history of the program.

&uot;It almost happened tonight,&uot; said Miller. &uot;It almost happened. So close.&uot;

Many times, the Tigers were so close to scoring it hurt. They outshot the Falcons in every period and dominated most of the third, giving up an open-net goal in the waning moments.

Especially impressive offensively were the four players Miller used on the Tigers’ No. 1 line – Brittany Arendt, Lindsey Sorenson, Christine Tubbs and Tessa Christensen.

&uot;That whole line, they just took it to Faribault the whole game,&uot; said Miller. &uot;Each period they had so many good chances, and they had some great opportunities in the third.&uot;

The problem, according to Miller, was a combination of two things: shot selection and a hot Faribault goaltender.

&uot;We weren’t taking the shots we needed to,&uot; said Miller. &uot;But the girls just keep improving every game. We’re starting to put it together. Our power play looked a lot better tonight, and we’re starting to control the puck much better both even strength and on the power play.&uot;

After a scoreless first period, Falcons sophomore Allie Anthony scored the first of her three goals at 3:22 of the second. She scored again unassisted at 4:59, adding the empty-netter in the final minute of regulation.

The Tigers’ goal came at 1:50 of the third, with Tubbs scoring on assists from Arendt and Melissa Roche.

Sara Schewe was the goalie for Albert Lea.

Albert Lea had three power-play opportunities, Faribault one.

It was the first Big Nine win of the season and the third win overall for Faribault.

The Tigers have a busy schedule next week at Owatonna Tuesday, at Waseca Thursday and at Mankato Friday.