Girls hockey: Nelson nets hat trick in Lumberjacks’ win

CEC next plays Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Princeton

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Senior Taylor Nelson takes one of many shots on Duluth Northern Stars goaltender Sarah Spencer. Nelson scored three goals and recorded four total points in the Lumberjacks 6-1 home win Tuesday, Dec. 10. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior Taylor Nelson scored three times and recorded four total points in the Lumberjacks’ 6-1 home win over Duluth Northern Stars on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Nelson scored on a power play at 2:45 and Dea DeLeon scored a 6:33 to give the Lumberjacks a 2-1 lead at the break.

Nelson scored a short-handed goal midway through the second period and Dan Jones added a goal at 16:43.

Nelson scored on a power play in the third period and Kiana Bender added another goal at the 14:00 mark to go along with her three assists.

DeLeon added two assists to her goal, with Tenley Stewart and Emmie Ellena also picking up an assist in the Lumberjacks’ win.


CEC goalie Araya Kiminski stopped 16 shots in the win and Northern Stars goalie Sarah Spencer had 25 saves.

CEC (8-2) are next scheduled to play at Princeton at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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Taylor Nelson celebrates a goal by Dana Jones in the second period of the Lumberjacks' 6-1 win Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Duluth 1 -0-0—1

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 2-2-2—6

First period — 1. CEC, Taylor Nelson (Kiana Bender, Dea DeLeon), 2:45 (pp); 2. CEC, DeLeon (Tenley Stewart, Emmie Ellena), 6:33; 3. D, Annika Lindgren (Kaelin Cochran), 11;35.

Second period — 4. CEC, Nelson (Bender), 9:10 (sh); 5. CEC, Dana Jones, 16:43.


Third period — 6. CEC, Nelson (Bender), 6:45 (pp); 7. CEC, Bender (Nelson, DeLeon), 14:00.

Saves — Sarah Spencer, D, 25; Araya Kiminski, CEC, 16.

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Keelee Grashorn gets taken down by several Duluth players during the Lumberjacks' win Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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