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By Jeremy Mayo

River News sports editor

When the final horn sounded in the Rhinelander/Antigo girls hockey team’s WIAA playoff loss to Point/Rapids/Marshfield in February, goalie Shea Petersen thought her playing days might be over.

I actually didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, she admitted.

That changed over the last few months as Petersen was recruited by, and eventually signed with, Concordia University (Wis.) to play women’s college hockey. She made that commitment official May 30 in a press conference at Rhinelander High School.

I was really heartbroken when high school hockey ended because I had played for 12 years. It’s my life, she said. To be able to continue on is huge for me.

Petersen, a four-year starter in goal for the Edge, said she was first contacted by Concordia in January and things developed quickly from there.

I got this email from the coach and he asked me to fill out this survey if I was interested in applying for the team. I think five other goalies filled it out. I applied I think I applied for the school in January, it was super late and then I ended up being the one they picked, she said.

Petersen is the third Northern Edge player in the last three years to go on to play women’s college hockey. Antigo defender Lauren Smith went to UW-Stevens Point after graduating in 2015. Rhinelander’s record-setting forward Katie Detert went to St. Cloud State after graduating last year.

When you look at Smith, Detert and now Petersen, if you look at all three of those girls, it starts young, Northern Edge head coach Kevin Sandstrom said. They started in the youth level and they worked their way up. They were huge contributors to the Northern Edge. Three different positions, three different girls over the last three years. It’s a great program and something we want to see continue to keep giving girls this opportunity. Hopefully this is a trend we’re able to see go forward in the future here.

Petersen was a record setter in her own right with the Edge, tallying a program-best 52-34-5 record over her four-year career with a 2.63 goal against average and a .899 save percentage.

I think they’re gaining a wonderful girl here on their team and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes, Sandstrom said.

Though her senior year, statistically, was her worst of the four (4-14-0, 4.56, .890), that went part and parcel with a sharp decline in the skating talent around her.

She recorded a career-high 663 saves this season, and Sandstrom credited Petersen for keeping the Edge in several games this year where they were otherwise out-classed.

She did that many times this year for us and never really looked for the accolades for it, he said. She went in there like it was her job and went and did that. She never seemed to have the attitude to come out and be upset or be angry with what was going on in front. She just held true to what she had to do.

Aside from her goaltending acumen, Petersen said and Sandstrom concurred that her leadership ability will most help her at the Division III collegiate level, though both conceded she can be her own harshest critic at times.

The one thing I do need to work on is not being so hard on myself. I get so passionate and then the emotion, mixed with how I’m feeling, it’s not pretty, Petersen said.

I think (goalie) may be the toughest position in sports to play, Sandstrom added. When everything goes right, you’re not really the center of attention and when everything goes wrong, you’re the first person everyone looks at. That was never an issue for Shea except when she was hard on herself. I think we made steps this season and I’d like to see it continue as we head to the college level.

Petersen credited her time on the Edge for developing her into the leader she has become.

It has been an amazing opportunity to have a group of amazing girls so close to each other, she said. I think being able to travel back and forth to Antigo and here helps so much because we spend so much time together. … I think that’s awesome because you learn who they are.

Petersen will join a Falcons’ team that went 10-13-2 overall last season and finished 6-10-2 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. She admitted she probably won’t see much ice time her freshman year, playing behind senior Allison Kurek and sophomore Breanna Thomson on the depth chart.

The coach (Steve Fabiilli) did say he was looking for a major leadership role and that I would need to be ready if called upon, but it wasn’t necessarily going to be a play a lot situation, yet.

Petersen plans to major in hospitality and event management.
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Northern Edge's Petersen to play hockey at Concordia
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By Jeremy Mayo

River News sports editor

When the final horn sounded in the Rhinelander/Antigo girls hockey team’s WIAA playoff loss to Point/Rapids/Marshfield in February, goalie Shea Petersen thought her playing days might be over.

I actually didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, she admitted.

That changed over the last few months as Petersen was recruited by, and eventually signed with, Concordia University (Wis.) to play women’s college hockey. She made that commitment official May 30 in a press conference at Rhinelander High School.

I was really heartbroken when high school hockey ended because I had played for 12 years. It’s my life, she said. To be able to continue on is huge for me.

Petersen, a four-year starter in goal for the Edge, said she was first contacted by Concordia in January and things developed quickly from there.

I got this email from the coach and he asked me to fill out this survey if I was interested in applying for the team. I think five other goalies filled it out. I applied I think I applied for the school in January, it was super late and then I ended up being the one they picked, she said.

Petersen is the third Northern Edge player in the last three years to go on to play women’s college hockey. Antigo defender Lauren Smith went to UW-Stevens Point after graduating in 2015. Rhinelander’s record-setting forward Katie Detert went to St. Cloud State after graduating last year.

When you look at Smith, Detert and now Petersen, if you look at all three of those girls, it starts young, Northern Edge head coach Kevin Sandstrom said. They started in the youth level and they worked their way up. They were huge contributors to the Northern Edge. Three different positions, three different girls over the last three years. It’s a great program and something we want to see continue to keep giving girls this opportunity. Hopefully this is a trend we’re able to see go forward in the future here.

Petersen was a record setter in her own right with the Edge, tallying a program-best 52-34-5 record over her four-year career with a 2.63 goal against average and a .899 save percentage.

I think they’re gaining a wonderful girl here on their team and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes, Sandstrom said.

Though her senior year, statistically, was her worst of the four (4-14-0, 4.56, .890), that went part and parcel with a sharp decline in the skating talent around her.

She recorded a career-high 663 saves this season, and Sandstrom credited Petersen for keeping the Edge in several games this year where they were otherwise out-classed.

She did that many times this year for us and never really looked for the accolades for it, he said. She went in there like it was her job and went and did that. She never seemed to have the attitude to come out and be upset or be angry with what was going on in front. She just held true to what she had to do.

Aside from her goaltending acumen, Petersen said and Sandstrom concurred that her leadership ability will most help her at the Division III collegiate level, though both conceded she can be her own harshest critic at times.

The one thing I do need to work on is not being so hard on myself. I get so passionate and then the emotion, mixed with how I’m feeling, it’s not pretty, Petersen said.

I think (goalie) may be the toughest position in sports to play, Sandstrom added. When everything goes right, you’re not really the center of attention and when everything goes wrong, you’re the first person everyone looks at. That was never an issue for Shea except when she was hard on herself. I think we made steps this season and I’d like to see it continue as we head to the college level.

Petersen credited her time on the Edge for developing her into the leader she has become.

It has been an amazing opportunity to have a group of amazing girls so close to each other, she said. I think being able to travel back and forth to Antigo and here helps so much because we spend so much time together. … I think that’s awesome because you learn who they are.

Petersen will join a Falcons’ team that went 10-13-2 overall last season and finished 6-10-2 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. She admitted she probably won’t see much ice time her freshman year, playing behind senior Allison Kurek and sophomore Breanna Thomson on the depth chart.

The coach (Steve Fabiilli) did say he was looking for a major leadership role and that I would need to be ready if called upon, but it wasn’t necessarily going to be a play a lot situation, yet.

Petersen plans to major in hospitality and event management.
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