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Ice burns Fire 4-3 in All-Star matchup

The Carlton County area was well represented in the K1 Northern Minnesota All-Star girls hockey game last Tuesday. Five players from the area donned the uniforms of Team Ice which won the annual game 4-3 in overtime over Team Fire.

The Carlton County area was well represented in the K1 Northern Minnesota All-Star girls hockey game last Tuesday. Five players from the area donned the uniforms of Team Ice which won the annual game 4-3 in overtime over Team Fire.

"This is a great chance for the girls to show what they can do," said organizer Mark Brown prior to the event. "We really appreciate K1 Sports of Cloquet sponsoring this event."

The game also featured a skills competition with speed skating, slap shot, accuracy shot and a team speed skating competition. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton defender Montana Vichorek won the individual speed skating competition with a time of 16.8 seconds and Team Ice also won the team speed skating competition.

The Ice started strongly in the first period with Emily Erickson of Grand Rapids-Greenway scoring the only goal of the first period. The goal was assisted by Alli Pullar of Hibbing and CEC's Danielle Beck. Beck set up the goal with a shot from the high slot off a pass by Pullar.

Team Fire stormed back in the second period and dominated play, both on the scoreboard and on the shot clock. Sarah Erickson, Jamie Briske and Jamie Fenstermacher all scored to give the Fire a 3-1 lead. Two of the goals were scored against CEC goaltender Paige Thunder.

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Vichorek and Emily Erickson turned the tide in favor of the Ice in the third period as they teamed up for back-to-back goals at 7:00 and 9:50.

Regulation ended in a 3-3 tie before things were settled in overtime by Megan Stingle of the Duluth Northern Stars at 4:36 of overtime.

Erin Lee and Morgan Pieper of Team Fire combined for 25 saves, while Savannah Osborn and Paige Thunder of Team Ice combined for 30 saves.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton was represented by Paige Thunder, Montana Vichorek, Whitney Anderson and Danielle Beck. Sarah Eames represented the Moose Lake Area Rebels in the game as well.

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