Saturday's win sets several Northern Edge records|
With two games left to round out the regular season, the Northern Edge ladies already know the beginning of its postseason destiny. In the present, however, the girls displayed once again on Saturday night the momentum they will be carrying into their sectional contests. In a record setting victory, the Edge pummeled Medford 7-3.
The victory marks the Northern Edge’s winningest season thus far (14-6-2 overall, 10-1-1 in the Great Northern Conference) and Katie Detert’s Saturday hat trick was more than enough to break the team’s single season goal record with 34 scores. The three-goal outing for Detert was her second in a row and fifth of the year.
Medford was held scoreless in the first period and barely managed to get any pressure on Edge’s goaltender Shea Petersen. Amassing one solitary shot, the Northern Edge put 11 shots on goal in the first themselves with scores resulting on four of them.
Detert was first in the scorebooks at 1:51 into the opening period, assisted by Grace Hoger who registered her first varsity point of the season. Lauren Smith scored two minutes later, assisted by Detert.
The second of Detert’s goals for the evening came four minutes into the period at even strength aided by Kirsten Kolasa. To round out a near flawless first period, Rachel Blomdahl scored a power play goal with less than half a minute remaining with an assist for Emily Arno.
The Northern Edge scored two second period goal, one from Hoger and another from Smith. Assists were provided by Kolasa and Julie Bennis. The assist was Bennis’ first top-level point also.
Medford scored two of its three goals in the third period with 10 shots on net. Facing a total of 18 shots on the evening and allowing three goals, Petersen finished the game with an 83.3 percent save percentage. Her cumulative percentage on the season is 89.6.
The last of the Northern Edge’s goals came from Detert with 3:19 remaining in the final period. Detert has 56 total points for the season, handily leading the Great Northern Conference, with two conference games left on the schedule.
The Northern Edge have a difficult week ahead of them, facing conference leading Northland Pines (16-4-1 overall, 11-0-1 conference) Monday night in Eagle River. Thursday the girls come back to Antigo to face Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids, who at 9-2-1 in the conference (10-7-3 overall) are just behind the Edge.
In the recently released sectional seeding, the teams are as follows: 1. Central Wisconsin Storm, 2. Northland Pines, 3. Northern Edge, 4. Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids, 5. Marshfield, 6. Tomahawk, 7. Lakeland, 8. Medford with the Edge hosting Tomahawk Feb. 20 at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
Medford at Northern Edge
Edge 7, Raiders 3
At Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building
Saturday, Feb. 8 2014
NE 4 2 1 — 7
MHS 0 1 2 — 3
NE—1:51 Katie Detert (Grace Hoger) E
NE—3:49 Lauren Smith (Detert) E
NE—4:01 Detert (Kirsten Kolasa) E
NE—16:36 Rachel Blomdahl (Emily Arno) PP
NE—1:16 Hoger (Kolasa) E
MHS—7:03 Lizzy Lemke (Marissa McPeak) E
NE—8:50 Smith (Julie Bennis) E
MHS—5:29 Sienna Demulling (Unassisted) E
MHS—5:45 Demulling (McPeak) E
NE—13:41 Detert (Unassisted) E
NE—Shea Petersen 1 4 10 — 15
MHS—Makayla Hanson 11 11 14 — 36
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