South St. Paul at Simley, Jan. 14 (7:00 PM)

Lily Pachl skated for the U14 Pens in last year's The Big One Invitational.

This should be a terrific Metro East Conference showdown between two clubs that know each other very well. The Packers are coming off a 7-1 rout of Chisago Lakes.  

South St. Paul is probably one of the only teams in the state to have its top two scorers be on defense in senior Minnesota State commit Lilie Ramirez (8-18-26) and freshman Lily Pachl (5-11-16). It should be no surprise that these two log big minutes for the Packers and are a big reason why they have an 88.2% penalty kill.  

Up front, South St. Paul is led by junior Sarah Wicentsen (6-7-13) and freshman Bailey Vesper (4-8-12). Goal scoring up front has been the Packers' biggest challenge this season.  

Junior goaltender Delaney Norman (1.84 goals-against-average) has been a source of stability for South St. Paul this season.   

Simley is coming off a 7-1 win over Metro East Conference foe Mahtomedi. The Spartans are led at forward by juniors Abby Jeffers (2-15-17), Ella Tuccitto (6-10-16), and Mackaylan McGown (9-7-16), as well as eighth-grade sniper Ella Sanders (9-2-11).  

On defense, the Spartans lean on sophomore Val DuVal (2-5-7) and junior Skyler Arneson (2-3-5) to help shut down opponents and support the Spartans' offense.  

Senior goaltender McKenzie Gibson (1.98 goals-against-average) and freshman Sydney Ries(.963 save percentage) have split starts 70-30 respectively this season for the Spartans.