Packers pack up victory at North in girls hockey

The South St. Paul Packers came to Polar Arena Dec. 7 to face off with the North Polars in the opening game for both in girls’ Classic Suburban Conference hockey. 

In a display of dexterity and superior puck movement—the Packers out shot North 39-25—South St. Paul rode the bus home and across the river with a 4-1 victory in their collective duffel bags. 

The Packers took a first period lead when Maddie DeSmith sent a feed to Abby Palmquist. Her shot found its way inside the North pipes at 6:30. 

As play got underway in the second period, the North six was quick to jump on an opportunity to level the score. Haley Schanks sent the puck over to Mady Strom, who one-timed sizzler to the back mesh at 3:15. 

North was quick to give the Packers a chance to take back the lead when they took a penalty.

On the power play, DeSmith picked up her second point of the game when she sent a feed back to the stick of Anna Barlow. The junior defender blasted a feed through a maze and into the North net for what would turn out to be the game-winner at 4:05. 

The Packers held their 2-1 advantage into the third canto. A couple of goals in just 30 seconds spelled the difference. 

DeSmith picked up her third assist when she saw Bridgette Miller. She feathered a feed that Miller tipped in at 6 minutes into the final 17-minutes of play.

Then, just 30 seconds later, A.J. Deerling sent a pass to the stick of Abigail Felton who was able to convert at 6:30 and South St. Paul had to 4-1 tally they would hold to the end. 

Wally Wakefield can be reached at

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