RED WING — Despite outshooting their opponent and having multiple quality scoring opportunities, Red Wing was unable to capitalize and lost to Mankato West 3-1 on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Saturday night marked senior night for the Wingers as the five-person class of 2021 was celebrated before puck drop. Once the play began on the ice however, it was a pair of freshmen that gave Red Wing its first jolt of energy.
Tatum Zylka buried a shot in the back of the net 61 seconds into the game to give Red Wing a quick 1-0 lead. Allison Kruger assisted on the goal.
The lead wouldn’t last however, as the Scarlets responded seven minutes later with the equalizer. The score remained 1-1 through the end of the first period. In the second period, Red Wing looked tired on the ice for long stretches, and the result was two Mankato West goals in the first 10 minutes of the period.
Red Wing began to find its feet late in the period though and that energy carried into the third period. The problem for the Wingers however, was that the positive play on the ice didn’t result in a goal despite scoring chance after scoring chance.
By the end of the game, Red Wing held the advantage in shots on goal 23-21. The Wingers also spent two less minutes in the penalty box but none of their power plays resulted in a goal. Red Wing did have success on the penalty kill as the Scarlets could not convert on their power-play opportunities either.
Leigha Kitzmann made her third consecutive start in net, stopping 18-of-21 shots for an .857 save percentage. Zylka’s goal was her team-leading fourth of the season. Kruger is the team leader in assists with three on the season.
Red Wing, 1-4, is next scheduled to travel to Mankato East on Saturday.