Northern Edge tops Fox Cities Stars 4-3 at Hockey Days|
The second of Antigo Hockey Days’ two high school matchups was as successful as the first—and as exciting.
The Northern Edge girls beat the Fox Cities Stars 4-3 on Saturday afternoon, capitalizing on two crucial power plays and overcoming their own penalty troubles in the meantime.
With a combined 12 penalty minutes, six minor calls per team, the game was an attrition battle demonstrating the resolve of the Edge ladies.
“We got the win,” Coach Corie Bottemiller said after the game. “And that’s all that matters.”
Lauren Smith scored the Edge’s first goal of the contest on the power play, 2:56 into the first period. Assisted by Marie Sandstrom, the solitary goal would be the only tally for the girls throughout the first.
Two Star goals, one on the power play off of a Katie Detert holding penalty with 7:22 remaining in the period, gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
The forward play of Detert was impressive in the second period. The Fox Cities simply could not stop her puckhandling ability coming into the attack zone.
With an even strength goal at the 5:01 mark and a power play score at 10:15, the Edge regained a lead that would hold true for the rest of the game. Assists were provided once again by Sandstrom, her second power play assist of the game, and Detert’s second goal was aided by Taylor Trachte, whose set-up ability was also not done for the day.
Lindsey Steger scored the girl’s coup de grace goal with 5:40 remaining in the second, assisted by Trachte, to send the ladies into the locker room at the second intermission leading 4-2.
The third period proved to be a wild affair, as Shea Petersen stopped 14 of the Stars 30 total shots on goal in the final 17:00.
The active Detert took her fourth minor penalty of the game, an elbowing call at the 9:42 mark, which by WIAA regulations forced her to sit out for the rest of the contest.
“It’s one of the odd rules in hockey,” Bottemiller said. “But we pulled it out anyway.”
A late Fox Cities power play score closed the differential to one goal, but last minute defensive play and quality net minding by Petersen helped the girls pull out the victory, 4-3.
The Northern Edge now sits at 10-6-2 overall (6-1-1 in conference play) following the non-conference win.
The ladies were scheduled to take on Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Antigo, but due to inclement weather the game has been indefinitely postponed. The next game scheduled is Marshfield at home in Antigo on Friday.
Northern Edge 4, Fox Cities
Langlade Multi-Purpose Building
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
FC 2 0 1 — 3
NE 1 3 0 — 4
NE—14:04 Lauren Smith (Marie Sandstrom) PP
FC—8:21 Liz Steinmetz (Leigh McQuirk, Shannen Hartl) E
FC—6:47 Ally Fox (Kendra Littrell) PP
NE—11:59 Katie Detert (Taylor Trachte) E
NE—6:45 Detert (Sandstrom) PP
NE—5:40 Lindsey Steger (Trachte) E
FC—13:37 Littrell (Nicole Barfknecht) PP
FC Morgan Talbot 8 8 7 — 23
NE Shea Peterson 9 7 14 — 30
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