The win gave the Trojans a 12-4-0 overall mark just past the halfway point in the 2012-13 season.
“We played really well,” said Wayzata head coach Becky Wacker. “Our defense was good and we passed the puck well through the neutral zone.”
Sophomore forward Sophia Shaver scored the Trojans’ only goal at 7:16 of the third period with senior captains Ellen Rethwitsch and Carly Noble carding assists.
The game was played at even strength almost from start to finish. Wayzata was whistled for only one penalty and Maple Grove had two.
“Girls hockey is a tough sport to officiate,” said Wacker. “What’s a check? What’s not a check? That is the interesting dynamic of the sport. Players have to adjust to how the game is being called. In the Maple Grove game, they let them play, and there were only a few penalties.”
McKenna Lorenz shared No. 1 star honors with Shaver as she kept the slate clean with 12 saves. Wayzata finished with 26 shots on goal.
Wayzata played another good defensive game Jan. 5 in a 2-1 loss to Minnetonka. Lorenz made 32 saves and Kaycie Palesch scored the Trojans’ goal in the first period.
“Ashley Klein and Becca Senden are our leaders on defense,” said Wacker. “And the other defensemen – Paige Sorensen, Bridget Moffett, Abby Croal and Haley Hobday – are all playing well.”
Senden is dangerous on the power play since she has the characteristics of a power-play defenseman, a tough slap shot and a knack for moving the puck.
This week, the Trojans have a big Lake Conference game with Edina. Wayzata will have home-ice advantage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Plymouth Ice Center.