Getting back on the winning track, the Northern Edge soundly defeated the Medford Raiders 8-1 in Rhinelander. The Northern Edge used a variety of scoring, goal keeping and a power play to get the win.
“It’s nice. We’ve had some tough games,” coach Tom Roeser said. “We had the Storm and we had Pines and it was nice to get back in the win column and get back on the ice.”
The Edge put on a scoring clinic with five goals in the first period.
“Our defensive core as a whole did a great job,” Roeser said. “They shot hard and low, which we’ve been trying to get them to do all year.”
It didn’t take long before the Edge got on the board. Isabelle Boyer scored her first goal, going behind the net and getting it behind Medford’s goalie Alex Nicks.
Less than two minutes later, Madi Losch took a shot on goal. Nicks made the initial save, but Evelyn LeVeque came through with the rebound score. Losch got the assist. The Edge led 2-0.
Five minutes into the first period, Losch took a hard shot to the far side of the net for her first goal of the game. She did the same thing two minutes later, shooting it right by Medford’s Nicks for her second goal of the period.
“(The defensive shots) got our forwards in front of that goalie screening and tipping and I think that had a lot to do with Madi scoring some goals,” Roeser said.
The final goal of the first period came towards the end. Kristina Kulnelius got a rebound goal on assists to Boyer and Wyndi Saari. The Edge led 5-0.
In the third period, Boyer quickly got her hat trick with her third goal. Sitting on the center of the ice, she took a slap shot to the corner of the net that snuck in for the goal. The assist went to Maria Gironella.
“It started with Madi shooting low, our forwards screening the goalie and stuff started getting home on (Nicks),” Roeser said.
Four minutes after Boyer got her hat trick, Losch got her third goal on a hard shot that found its way in the back of the net. Boyer assisted on the goal growing their lead to 8-1.
The first power play chance for the Edge came towards the end of the first period. There was not much opportunity to score as Nicks made just one save. Medford killed it off.
“It started out real rough and they cleaned it up,” Roeser said. “(Medford) was killing the power play differently so we tried to get it on one side.”
The scoring became less prevalent in the second period. Three and a half minutes into the period, Boyer scored her second goal of the night on a power play. Emily Kassler and Ashley Albee took shots on the goal and Boyer scored the rebound.
“The girls did a nice job reacting,” Roeser said. “But that was a rebound goal and it was created by us moving the puck and starting to move pucks to the net, so they did a nice job.”
Alicia Turunen started in goal for the Edge. She made a total of 22 saves, with a number of tough saves on rebounds.
As the first period came to an end, Medford’s Kiersten Crass took a shot. Turunen made a great save in traffic, preserving the shutout.
“It was great cause she had a couple flurries where we had a let down at the end of the first period,” Roeser said. “We had a bit of a letdown. They generated three or four quality shots on it. Alicia did a great job.”
In the second period, Medford’s Emily Schafer took a hard shot, saved by Turunen. Schafer didn’t score on that one, but she would on her next chance.
With numbers on her side, Schafer got in good position and took a hard shot that made its way past Turunen.
“The goal we did let in, we let (Schafer) wander in the middle and stop there and go point blank on our goalie,” Roeser said. “If you let her stand in front of a lot of goalie she’s going to score and for the most part we took pretty good care of her though.”
That would be the only Medford goal scored. They had some more chances in the third where Turunen came and made the stop. Short two players
Earlier in the season, the Edge had two players in the box for penalties. That resulted in a five on three situation for the other team.
That same situation came again with a minute and a half left to go in the game. Down two players because of penalty, the Edge held the lead at bay and even controlled the puck for a little bit of time.
“I thought they did a good job,” Roeser said. “We stayed home and made them shoot from the outside. That was our goal and the girls did a really nice job of that.”
Up next, the Edge plays tonight at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building in Antigo. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Coverage of that game will be in the Jan. 21 edition of The Times
Then they play in a triangular at Simek Recreational Center on Saturday, Jan. 18.
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