Northern Edge breaks out the skates at weekend tourney|
The Northern Edge girls hockey team participated in its first tournament of the season during Thanksgiving break in Black River Falls finishing with 1-2.
The Edge girls fell short in its first game of the weekend to Western Wisconsin Stars, 4-3.
“Our first game was against the Stars. We came out in the first period and the girls were very nervous,” head coach Corie Bottemiller said. “They scored four quick goals on us and we went into the second period down four and very frustrated. However, the girls came back and out-shot the Stars four to one in the second period scoring three goals,” Bottemiller added.
The Edge got it going in the second period by scoring three goals of its own. In the period, Katie Detert had two goals and one assist and Lindsey Steger added another goal to make it 4-3 at the end of two periods.
The third period was a defensive battle with neither team managing to score.
Shea Petersen converted 25 saves on 29 shots for 86 percent for Northern Edge.
“The third period was fairly evenly played, but you could tell our girls were in better shape than their’s due to our conditioning we have been doing,” Bottemiller said.
In the second game of the tournament, the Edge girls faced Rock County coming up on the short end of the 4-0.
“It was a very tight game and the score does not accurately depict that. The girls played them tough the entire game. We just couldn't find the back of the net. They had a tough goaltender who saved 26 shots on goal,” Bottemiller stressed.
Petersen converted 17 saves out of 21 shots for 81 percent.
In the final game of the tournament, Northern Edge defeated Black River Falls/Tomah 5-1.
“We did a lot of things well in this game,” Bottemiller said.
Edge’s Marissa Young opened up the scoring at the 8:01 mark, with her first varsity goal on a rebound.
At the 14:52 mark, Rachel Blomdahl hit the net on a power play with an assist by Detert making the score 2-0 after the first period.
“We told the girls to crash the net all weekend resulting in two goals,” Bottemiller added.
Black River Falls/Tomah’s Hana Ledebuhr scored early in the second period with an assist from Riley Emerson at 2:04 to cut the Edge’s lead to 2-1. The Edge girls responded quickly at the 3:18 mark with a full strength goal by Detert and increased its lead to 4-1 at the 15:24 mark with a power play goal by Lauren Smith assisted by Steger.
The only scoring in the third period was at the 15:36 mark by Detert making it her second of the game. Goalie Petersen had a strong performance with 20 saves out of 21 shots for a .952 percent.
“Overall it was a great game even though we were tired. Once again our conditioning helped us tremendously in this game. Being the third game the girls played in two days and the second game they played that day you could tell they were starting to wear down but they continued to skate hard,” Bottemiller said. “Overall, it was a good start to our season. We got to see where we are and what we need to improve on.”
The Northern Edge travel to Waupaca on tonight for its conference opener against Waupaca. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
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