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.

Junior Brityn Ryshavy handles the puck for the Wildfire during their Nov. 13 home opener against St. Cloud.

Junior Brityn Ryshavy handles the puck for the Wildfire during their Nov. 13 home opener against St. Cloud.

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.

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