Created: 12/11/2013 10:35 PM KSTP.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It takes a special player to play through pain.
"She's a very hard player to replace, and she's a big player on this team," Albert Lea interim girls hockey coach Laura Hillman said.
And when you can find one that continues to produce even after an injury, you might as well stamp 'MVP' on their forehead.
"I think leadership is a big thing," Tigers senior captain Sydney Overgaard said. "I try to be there for my teammates, and try to help out and make plays."
Last Tuesday, Overgaard scored a natural hat trick against Winona - three consecutive goals in the first period - before taking a slap shot off the right glove.
"I didn't think anything was wrong with it, and then I went to the doctor and got it checked out, and it was something big," Overgaard said.
The senior had a broken right ring finger.
"When she told me it was fractured in three spots, I was thinking, 'Who's going to replace her?'" Hillman said. "But we don't need to replace her. She's still fighting through it."
The Tigers numbers are down right now, and they're already missing Anna Anderson, so rather than watch her team suffer, Overgaard fitted her right hand with a bigger glove, and hit the ice.
"It hurts a lot, but I try to push through it as best as I can," Overgaard said.
"She really puts the team first, which is awesome, and as a captain, she's a great leader," Hillman said.
"I try to help out as much as I can, even though I'm injured," Overgaard said.