Wildfire start season 1-1
The Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team opened the season 1-1 last week after a win over St. Cloud and a loss to Bloomington Jefferson.
Wildfire 4, St. Cloud 0
For their home opener, the Wildfire hosted St. Cloud on Nov. 13. The Icebreakers are a co-op hockey team between St. Cloud Apollo, Cathedral, and Tech high schools.
Freshman Makayla Williams scored a power play goal twelve minutes into the first period for the Wildfire’s first goal of the season. Sophomore Karlie McEnelly and freshman Megan Menzuber assisted Williams’ goal. At 16:37 in the second period, sophomore Abby Hanscom scored an unassisted goal to put the Wildfire up 2-0.
The Wildfire put away the Icebreakers in the third period, scoring two goals in one minute. First, at 11:00, junior Brityn Ryshavy scored, assisted by Hanscom and junior Sarah Rosland. Then at 11:43, Hanscom scored her second goal of the game, assisted by Rosland and senior Jaci Reinke.
The Wildfire outshot the Icebreakers 33-12 in their 4-0 victory. Holy Family/Waconia spent only six minutes in the penalty box, while St. Cloud spent eight. Freshman goalie Lexi Hartmann earned the shutout with 12 saves.
Bloomington Jefferson 2, Wildfire 1
At Bloomington Jefferson on Nov. 17, the Wildfire fell in a closely contested 2-1 game. Bloomington Jefferson scored at 13:50 in the first period, quickly followed by a goal from Hanscom at 14:31 to tie. Rosland was credited with the assist to Hanscom. The second period remained scoreless, but Bloomington Jefferson took the game in the third, scoring at 6:12 to win 2-1.
The Wildfire had 19 shots on goal to Bloomington Jefferson’s 22. Hartmann took to the goalkeeping for the Wildfire, with 20 saves for a .909 save percentage.
The Wildfire will play at the Dakotah tournament this weekend before returning home on Nov. 29 to face St. Paul and Dec. 1 to face Minnehaha.