On Friday, Birkholz recorded her second shutout of the season because the Inexperienced Wave beat visiting Grand Forks four-zero.
“There are a whole lot of goalies Megan would play in entrance of on groups we have seen,” Senior Excessive coach Jim Enright stated. “Megan is strong. Clearly, she’d wish to play extra. However she’s been affected person ready for her possibilities.”
Birkholz stated she’s by no means considered alternatives if she was on one other workforce. “It will be onerous to think about not enjoying with these women,” the junior stated.
Birkholz had thirteen saves in registering her second shutout of the season. She’s four-zero-zero, having allowed simply three objectives (zero.seventy five objectives-towards common).
“Kenzie is such an amazing goalie,” stated Birkholz, who has a .951 save proportion. “It is going to be exhausting to comply with her subsequent yr. I am going to take the (the enjoying time) I can get.”
Senior Excessive took a 2-zero lead within the first after Nicole Schlenk scored from shut vary and Mac McDonald scored an influence-play aim on a rebound.
“That second aim gave us a cushion,” Enright stated. “From then on, we began operating 4 strains and maintaining recent legs on the market. The women labored exhausting.”
C.J. Mack added an influence-play objective within the second interval and Cynthia Loven scored her staff-main twenty ninth objective within the third for the Inexperienced Wave, who closed their common season with a 17-eight-1 document. Schlenk had a 3-level night time with a pair of assists.
Teresa Mattson had 29 saves in aim for Grand Forks after registering fifty eight in a 6-1 street loss at Warroad on Thursday night time.
Enjoying again-to-again nights “is hard for a goalie,” KnightRiders coach Alex Hedlund stated. “Teresa has been good all season. She’s been actually good the final couple of video games.
“The underside line is we’ve got to attain objectives. We’ve not executed a whole lot of that our final couple of video games.”
Grand Forks dropped to eight-eleven-1.