Tigers catch a break

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Albert Lea senior forward Sophia Jepson attempts a wraparound during Tuesday’s Big 9 Conference matchup with Faribault. The Tigers beat the Falcons, 2-1. -- Mark Remme/Faribault Daily News

Albert Lea edges Faribault in 4th consecutive 1-goal game

After opening the season with three consecutive one-goal losses, the Albert Lea girls’ hockey team faced a familiar situation Tuesday in Faribault.

Down 1-0 to the No. 14 Falcons (1-3, 1-3 Big Nine) late in the third period with an empty net, Albert Lea’s Mariah Leach scored a goal with 36 seconds left, forcing the Tigers (1-3, 1-1) third overtime in four games.

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Anna Anderson scored 3:19 into overtime off a Leach assist to lift the Tigers to their first win of the season.

“We’ve been in that situation three times before and the great thing about these kids is they continue to battle,” Tigers head coach Paul Willet said. “You’ve got to catch a break, and after three tough loses we’ll take any breaks we can get.”

Sydney Conley had 20 saves for the Tigers while the Falcon’s Hannah Seitz had 17.