The Minnesota River Bulldogs girls hockey team beat Waseca for the second time in the last two games 7-2 on Tuesday at Waseca Community Center.

Forward Anna Pavlo scored a hat trick and forward Adrianna Bixby netted a pair of goals for the Bulldogs.

Bixby gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals at 6:30 unassisted and 14:14 assisted by forward Makenna Mueller.

Pavlo made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal at 1:34 of the second period to give her six goals and nine points this season.

Defender Mary Rella made it 4-0 with her third goal of the season assisted by Pavlo at 3:45.

Defender Gabriella Prochaska then scored her first varsity goal, assisted by forward Emma Seaver, for a 5-0 lead at 5:31.

Pavlo netted her second goal of the game at 7:38 unassisted for a 6-0 lead.

The Bluejays finally broke through with their first goal in two five periods by Cecelia Huttemier at 15:10 of the second period to make it 7-1.

Pavlo then completed her hat trick and team-leading 12th goal and 30th point of the season, assisted by wing Nicole McCabe, at 15:32, to make it 7-1 going into the third period.

Huttermier finished off the scoring with a goal at 12:00 of the third period for the final score of 7-2.

The Bulldogs out shot the Bluejays 35-23. Bulldogs goalie Amelia Messer made 21 saves for the win. Waseca goalie Alicia Kelly had 28 saves.

Minnesota River improved to 5-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big South Conference, while the Bluejays fell to 0-9, 0-8.

The Bulldogs next two games will be against Big South leader New Ulm (7-1, 6-0). The Eagles host Minnesota River at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at New Ulm Civic Center. Then the Bulldogs hosts New Ulm at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Le Sueur Community Center.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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