St. Dominic’s Avery Lutrzykowski faces off against Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Jillian Bergeron during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

AUBURN — The swift skates and soft hands of Avery Lutrzykowski turned around Wednesday’s girls’ hockey rivalry game in a hurry.

The St. Dominic Academy senior forward scored two goals in similar fashion less than a minute apart to quickly dig the Saints out of an early deficit, and they then pulled away for a 5-1 victory over Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland at Norway Savings Bank Arena.

Taylor Cailler put the Red Hornets (10-2-1) on the board first with an unassisted goal 5:09 into the game. Lutrzykowski responded 1:12 later with a rush up the left side before beating Red Hornets goalie Manny Guimond left to right.

“Manny is a very good goalie. It’s very hard to score on her,” Lutrzykowski said. “The generic thing is to make the goalie move, you know? So I knew that I had to make her move, and that’s what I did, and it was just lucky that both of them went in.”

Lutrzykowski then broke free again 56 seconds later and skated across Guimond the same way to give the Saints (7-3-1) a 2-1 lead.

“We talked about different ways to mark her and be aware of her, and Avery’s just got — you know, I’ve known her since she was young, she’s a pure goal-scorer,” Red Hornets coach Dana Berube said, “she’s going to work her butt off out there, and if you give her any little bit of room, she’s going to make you pay, and she made us pay today.”

Besides Cailler’s early goal, the Red Hornets couldn’t get much else going offensively in the first period, putting just three shots on goal in the frame.

“Our defensemen pinched up a little bit, and kept the puck in, stopped the breakouts,” Saints coach Paul Gosselin said. “So it took away center ice from them and it really kind of stopped their offense.”

The Red Hornets created more scoring opportunities in the second period, but St. Dom’s goalie Madyson Boulet stopped all seven shots she faced in the frame, and 12 of 13 in the game.

“She had a couple nice saves,” Gosselin said. “You know, it was erratic, and it’s tough in a game like that, but she came up big when she needed to.”

Emma Theriault added to the Saints’ lead late in the second, getting her own rebound and slipping it past Guimond.

The Red Hornets had a chance to draw close again with a power play that carried over into the third period, but one harmless shot on goal was all they could muster with the man-advantage.

“If we could have got a goal, and we get a one-goal game a couple minutes in, we’re still right there. And we just didn’t generate anything on the power play, and they stuck that dagger in us,” Berube said.

Freshmen Bella Webster and Emma Roy put the final nails in the coffin with third-period goals for St. Dom’s.

Guimond made 23 saves for the Red Hornets, who allowed their most goals of the season.

“They had our number today, so my hat’s off to them,” Berube said.

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Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Taylor Cailler takes the puck down the ice during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

St. Dominic’s Avery Lutrzykowski keeps her eye on the goal as she moves the puck down the ice during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

St. Dominic’s Isabella Webster shoots the puck at the goal as Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Cassady Bussiere tries to interfere with the shot during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

St. Dominic’s Emma Theriault takes the puck down the ice as Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Caroline Audette keeps pace during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

St. Dominic’s Avery Lutrzykowski controls the puck with Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Jillian Bergeron right behind her during Wednesday night’s double header hockey game in Auburn. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)


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