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The Fond du Lac/Beaver Dam co-op girls hockey team used a three-goal second period to defeat Fox Cities 4-3 in an Eastern Shores Conference game Thursday at Tri County Ice Arena in Neenah.

Fox Cities (15-2, 3-1) is currently the top-ranked team in the state, according to the WisconsinPrephHockey.net poll. The fifth-ranked Alliance (12-2, 5-0), a 12-school co-op that also includes Waupun, Dodgeland and Wayland, dealt the Stars (15-2, 3-1) their first conference loss.

This marks the second time the Alliance beat the Stars this season. Fondy/Beaver Dam defeated Fox Cities 2-0 on Nov. 17 in a home tournament at Waupun Ice Arena.

The Stars got on the board first with a first-period goal, but Alyssa Heim found Dayna Jones for the equalizer just 3 minutes, 39 seconds into the second period. About 7 minutes later, Hattie Verstegen scored on a penalty shot that gave the Alliance their first lead of the night. Heim gave Fondy/Beaver Dam a two-goal cushion at 13:48 when she scored off a feed from Beaver Dam’s Drew Deanovich.

The Stars cut the deficit to 3-2 when Madelynn Jablonski assisted Sarah Marvin for a goal just 4:24 into the third period. Deanovich added an insurance goal at 9:26 that proved crucial when Annika Horman scored for Fox Cities at 12:02 to make it 4-3, and the Alliance were able to hold the stars at bay the rest of the way.

Fondy/Beaver Dam goalie Abby Okon finished with 20 saves on the night.

FOND DU LAC/BEAVER DAM CO-OP 4, FOX CITIES 3

Fondy/BD 0 3 1 — 4

Fox Cities 1 0 2 — 3

First period: FC — Riley Maulick (McKayla Zilisch, Alaina Schauf), 8:02.

Second period: F/BD — Dayna Jones (Alyssa Heim), 3:39. F/BD — Hattie Verstegen, penalty shot, 10:32. F/BD — Alyssa Heim (Drew Deanovich, Maike Zipp), 13:48.

Third period: FC — Sarah Marvin (Madelynn Jablonski, Annika Horman), 4:24. F/BD — Drew Deanovich, 9:26. FC — Annika Horman (Lauryn Hull, Victoria Nelson), 12:02 pp.

Penalties: F/BD 2-4, FC 1-0. Shots on goal: F/BD 19, FC 23. Saves: F/BD (Abby Okon) 20, FC (Hattie Berndt)19.

Regional Sports Reporter