Lady Bruins 2020 state champs

Missoula Lady Bruins U19 Hockey Team: State Champs. FRONT ROW L-R: Goalie Aubrey McKay, Pilar Seielstad, Natalie Herr, Waverly Winterer and Madelyn Gallagher. BACK ROW L-R: Head Coach Grace Hoene, Shaye Ewing, Jaden Nielsen, Ellie Jenni, Madeleine Heggen, Shae Keene, Julianne Lane, Dora McDougall, Francis Carrasco, Allie Beighle, Disa Doherty and Assistant Coach Annie Petschauer.

Sophomore Allie Beighle scored two goals to lead the Missoula Lady Bruins to a 7-2 win over the Flathead Fusion and their fourth consecutive state girls hockey championship Sunday afternoon in Bozeman.

Five other players scored for Missoula: Madelyn Gallagher, Jaden Nielsen, Shaye Ewing, Waverly Winterer and Francis Carrasco.

Gallagher opened with the first goal just 12 seconds into the game, and then Flathead scored back-to-back goals to go up 2-1. Missoula led 4-2 at the end of the first period, and both teams were shut out in the second period. The Lady Bruins scored three more goals in the third period to win the game and the title.

Senior Aubrey McKay had 12 saves in goal, and Missoula outshot Flathead 46-14.

“Flathead beat Bozeman 4-0 Saturday night to advance to the title game for the first time in a very long time,” said Missoula head coach Grace Hoene. “We were excited to play them, and they came out really strong and aggressive. When they got up 2-1 early in the game, our girls stepped it up and battled to the end to make sure we brought home the championship banner. We couldn’t be more proud of this team. They had a stellar tournament and a great season.”

Five Missoula players were named to the 2020 All-State Team: McKay, Nielsen, Carrasco, Ewing and Julianne Lane.

Gallagher was the winner of the MAHA State Hockey Scholarship, selected by the Board of Directors based upon academic and athletic performance.

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