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Metro high school girls hockey preview capsules

Moorhead E Coach: Kaylee Black (first year) E 2009-10 record: 13-10-1 E Who's gone: Ashley Stenerson, Meaghan Kagan, Brittany Rustan, Carly Stoddard, Grete Oanes. E Who's back: Mikayla Carey, Kendall Christian, Emily Magnan, Katrina Kotta E Fast ...

Moorhead

E Coach: Kaylee Black (first year)

E 2009-10 record: 13-10-1

E Who's gone: Ashley Stenerson, Meaghan Kagan, Brittany Rustan, Carly Stoddard, Grete Oanes.

E Who's back: Mikayla Carey, Kendall Christian, Emily Magnan, Katrina Kotta

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E Fast facts: There have been some changes with the Spuds this season, namely Black, the former Concordia forward taking over as head coach...Then there's replacing Stenerson, who led Moorhead with 43 goals last season. A 3-2 season-opening loss showed Moorhead can get chances on net. Now it's about capitalizing on them..."I want them to focus on the things I focused on as a player," Black said. "I just want to communicate to them those important things. They need to be taught how to focus on what they need to do when they first get to the rink."

Fargo South

E Coach: Josh Rogers (first year)

E 2009-10 record: 12-11-0

E Who's gone: Erin Peterson.

E Who's back: Lindsay Nagel, Jr., F; Lauren Tupa, Sr., F; Carlie Stellrecht, Jr., D.

E Fast facts: The Bruins finished fourth at state last year. ... South will have plenty of offense returning. Juniors Carlie Stellrecht and Lauren Tupa combined for 40 points. Senior Molly Schultz was third last year with 18 points. ... Goaltender Katie Buchholz is back after finishing with an 11-10-0 record last year. ... "We are fairly young, but the leaders that we do have are excellent both on the ice and off the ice," Fargo South head coach Josh Rogers said. "We've really got a nice core of five or six girls that we'll be leaning on pretty heavily this year."

Fargo North

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E Coach: Kris Dougherty (second year)

E 2009-10 record: 20-3-0

E Who's gone: Jordan Brenneman, Alyssa Boetel.

E Who's back: Haley Olmstead, Sr., F; Emily Dahl, Sr., F; Maddie Hieb, Sr., F; Mara Teschendorf, Jr., F; Star Garrett, Jr., D; Chelsey Sitzmann, Sr., G.

E Fast facts: The Spartans lost to West Fargo in the state title game last year. ... North is returning a lot of firepower from last year's team. Senior forward Haley Olmstead had 23 goals and 32 assists a year ago. Emily Dahl finished with a team-high 34 goals as a junior. ... "We'll be skilled offensively," Fargo North coach Kris Dougherty said. "We have a lot more experience defensively, too. We had a lot of freshmen last year who played all year for us. With full year under belt, they should be even better." ... Goaltender Chelsey Sitzmann was 16-3-0 last season. She should anchor the team in her final year, Dougherty said. "We feel pretty positive about this season," Dougherty said. "We still have to put in the time and we still have to put in the work to have it pay off." ... Dougherty said West Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks are also teams to watch for this season. "I think it's going to be a nice, wide-open year," he said.

West Fargo

E Coach: Pat Johnson (4th year)

E 2009-10 record: 20-2-1

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E Who's gone: Tia Lopez, Kelsey Kloos, Katie Peterson.

E Who's back: Kacie Johnson, Sr., C; Kaylee Lothspeich, Sr., W; Andrea Klug, Soph., GK; Hayley Walsh, So., D; Mel Sopp, Sr., D; Katlyn Springer, Sr., W; Kassie Sorlien, Sr., D.

E Fast facts: The Packers earned the state title against North, which had won two in a row. ... Kloos will be a big loss. She finished with 20 goals and 14 assists a year ago. However, West Fargo still has plenty of offense returning. Senior forward Kacie Johnson had 36 goals and 25 assists. She will likely again be one of the state's top scoring threats. ... "Our first goal, of course, is to return to state," West Fargo coach Pat Johnson said. "Once you get there then anything can happen. There are six teams that have a legitimate shot at contending for a title this year and it will come down to who plays the best down the stretch." ... Goaltender Andrea Klug was 20-2-1 with a 1.12 goals against average as a freshman. ... "If we keep working hard and approach every game with the mindset of outworking our opponents I think we'll be fine," Pat Johnson said. "Hopefully things start to fall into place and we can make a run like we did last year."

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