Looking to pick up where they left off in their holiday tournament, the Northern Edge hockey team played the Central Wisconsin Storm for the second time this season.
The result remained the same, but the score proved to be different. The Storm, ranked No. 2 in the latest Wisconsin Prep Hockey poll, won 4-1 on Tuesday night at the Lakeland Ice Arena.
“I’d say its an improvement but we did not play a good game,” explained assistant coach Jill Schneider. “We still got a lot of work to go from here.”
Back of the net
The Storm scored three times in the opening period and increased their lead to 4-0 with a goal by Hannah Baumann 4:25 into the second period, sneaking it by Edge goalie Anna Maulson.
The Edge settled in from there. Four minutes after that goal, Evelyn LeVeque made a little run at the goal but was thwarted before getting a clean look.
Later, a Storm penalty on Kassidy Oliva gave the Edge a power play. They looked to take advantage, but the Storm still controlled the puck for the majority of the time. It wasn’t too long before the Storm drew another penalty, making it a 5-on-3 situation for the Edge.
The Edge capitalized on that penalty with a goal by Isabelle Boyer, assisted by Wyndi Saari 13:55 into the period. The score was now 4-1.
“We’ve been working on the power play this week in practice and we got a five on three,” Schneider said. “They shot the puck, got the rebound (and did a) nice job there.”
That 4-1 score remained for the rest of the period. The Edge proved they could hang with the Storm for a little while.
The Edge made some runs at the goal in the third period, but could not get one in the back of the net. Their first opportunity came when LeVeque put more pressure on the Storm’s defense.
Even though they put some pressure on the Storm’s defense, they found it hard to get anything going.
“The third period we did not show up. (The Storm) didn’t put any more pucks in the net,” Schneider said. “We definitely have a lot more work to do, a lot more improvement to do and the score could have been much worse.”
Meanwhile, Maulson continued to keep the score at bay, making a variety of saves throughout the game on both slap shots and rebounds. Maulson finished the night with 46 saves as the Storm outshot the Edge 50-10.
“She stood on her head, she did her job,” Schneider said. “She could have done a little bit better on the rebounds, she could have gobbled them up a little bit more.”
With seven minutes to go in the period, Madi Losch to a shot toward the net that was deflected by Lauren Kefalinos. The deflection almost got past Storm’s goalie Chloe Lemke, but was saved.
Losch made a couple more runs in Storm territory but could not find a way to get a clean look. Both Boyer and Saari also advanced the puck, driving the offense down the ice.
The first opportunity to score in the game for the Edge came from Kate Vizanko. She took a shot on goal that took a favorable bounce for the Edge. The Storm ended up clearing it.
The Storm scored their first goal of the game off a faceoff just 3:37 into the first period. They won the draw, Lauren Ellis took a quick shot and scored. Then Challis Prohaska took a shot from afar that found it’s way past Maulson. The Storm led 2-0, 9:36 into the contest.
“We got a lot of work to do before the end of the year,” Schneider said. “We got to get stronger on our sticks, we got to get stronger on our skates, we got to get stronger on our passes, our shots.”
Nearly 30 seconds later, Maria Gironella made a nice skate and took a shot to try and create some offense for the Storm. Right after that, Storm’s Trinity Foster took a high shot to score once more, putting their lead at 3-0.
“(We need to improve on) all the little things that we need to get better at so as a team we can do a whole lot better,” Schneider said.
Their next game came Thursday against Northland Pines in Rhinelander. Coverage of that will be in the Jan. 14 edition of The Times
Then they play Saturday, Jan. 11 at non-conference Houghton-Hancock. The puck drops at 11:30 a.m.
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