Wildfire continue win streak by defeating M-W

In a 4-2 victory on Dec. 6, the Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team took down Mound-Westonka in its first conference game of the season.

“Mound was a huge win for us and the girls are very excited,” said Wildfire head coach Ryan Rice. “That is the first step in our quest for a conference title.”

It was an intense game, according to Rice, against a talented White Hawk team. Mound-Westonka started the scoring at 4:27 in the first period, only to be answered by a short-handed goal from freshman Megan Menzuber.

While the Wildfire controlled the puck most of the second period, the third period was a back and forth battle as the teams stood at 1-1. Seventh grader Chloe McEnelly scored the go-ahead goal for the Wildfire at 10:29 in the third period, assisted by junior Shania Gonzales. Two minutes later, junior Jamie Kichler scored for Holy Family/Waconia, assisted by sophomore Abby Hanscom. Within forty-five seconds, senior Jaci Reinke scored the Wildfire’s fourth goal on assists from senior Megan Bunker and Hanscom.

Rice called both Kichler and Reinke’s goals “great from the blue line.”

Freshman Lexi Hartmann made 24 saves for the Wildfire, finishing with a .923 save percentage. Hartmann currently leads the Wright County Conference in goalie save percentage at .938, over Mound-Westonka eighth grader Emma Polusny (.933).

“Lexi played well in the net reducing their rebound opportunities to help control play in our end,” Rice said.

It has been many years since Holy Family/Waconia has defeated Mound-Westonka, and Rice said he hopes this recent win will propel the Wildfire forward as the team gains confidence. The Wildfire are now 5-1-1 this season.