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Duluth East's Circle of Friends Club a Favorite of Goalie, Forward Sarah Spencer

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: July 05, 2020 11:39 PM

In high school hockey goalies can face anything from six to 67 shots on net in a single game.

That's something 2020 Duluth East graduate Sarah Spencer learned defending the pipes for the Duluth Northern Stars.

Last season (2019-2020) the senior netminder tallied a .858 save percentage and over 620 saves, 104 of which were made in only two games. On November 22nd she tallied 48 saves against Edina and 56 against Warroad on December 14, 2019. 

"As a goalie you're kind of the last chance, the last chance for your team, and so your job is to stop the puck. So it's just kind of, get in the mode. Especially with high shot games, it seems like it would be super hard but really, those are kind of like the easiest games to stay focused," said Sarah Spencer, a former goalie for the Duluth Northern Stars girls hockey team.

The Northern Stars are comprised of skaters from Duluth East High School and Duluth Denfeld High School. Playing for a co-op, Spencer said, was something she enjoyed.

She also played on a co-op team in the Spring with the Duluth Wolfpack girls lacrosse team. However, as the seasons changed Spencer switched her mindset from a goalie on the ice to a forward on the field.

"Definitely more defensive minded in hockey. But I think it also helped me in lacrosse to have sympathy for a goalie and realize that the forwards can help the defense. I think that really helped my game and just to have knowledge of like every position, I loved it," said Spencer. "It was really refreshing to switch it up sometimes."

Her willingness to try new things applied outside of athletics too. At East she was an active member of the Circle of Friends club. Spencer said they'd meet with special education classes on a weekly basis to play games and make new friends.

Her inspiration to join came from someone close to her.

"My sister is in special education so that was one of the big parts that moved me in that direction. But also just getting to spend time with her and all her friends, getting to know everyone better," was what Spencer said made it so enjoyable.

"It was a part of my week that was just something I could look forward to and just play UNO or something, take a break in the day. I really loved it."

From high school, Spencer said, the friendships and great games will stick with her. That includes the big wins and the tough loses since they all helped strengthen her mental game.

Now she's preparing for her next journey, playing lacrosse at Augsburg University.

Despite a canceled high school lacrosse season, the Wolfpack salvaged a few summer practices and tournaments before she departed.

"It was super cool to be out there with everyone again. I'm really glad we got that experience," Spencer added.


Alicia Tipcke

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