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Fusion open with win

The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls hockey team kicked off the season on a high note with an 8-1 victory over Rochester John Marshall Saturday, Nov. 18, in Rochester, Minn.

The Fusion took control from the start with four goals in the first period, starting with freshman Jaden Woiwode's first varsity goal 7:42 in with an assist from linemate Jordan Erickson.

Anna Albrightson followed with assists from Kamryn Jacobs and Madi Harer before Taylar Meier scored the next two goals, one off an assist from Albrightson, to stake St. Croix Valley to a 4-0 lead.

Jacobs kept things going with a pair of second period goals with Lilly Accola, Katy Anderson, Erickson and Albrightson earning assists, before Maddi Schultz redirected a shot by Anderson to make it a 7-0 game later in the period. Accola also picked up an assist on the goal.

RJM snuck one in at the 10:05 mark of the third period but Meier tallied her third goal of the game to secure a hat trick and make the final 8-1. Fusion goalie Olivia Klund finished with 20 saves.

The Fusion will kick off the Thanksgiving Invitational this week at the Baldwin United Civic Center against the St. Paul Blades Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. They will face Rochester Lourdes Friday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m. before taking on the Western Wisconsin Stars (New Richmond, Somerset, Amery, Osceola, St. Croix Falls) Saturday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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