Wildfire win streak snapped by EP

The Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team seven-game win streak was snapped last week by No. 5 (2A) Eden Prairie.

Falling 9-0 to the Eagles on Dec. 18, the Wildfire were outshot 44-14. The team struggled especially in the second period, allowing six Eagle goals. Freshman Lexi Hartmann blocked 35 of Eden Prairie’s 44 shots on goal for a .795 save percentage.

The loss was only the team’s second of the season. In a complete turnaround a few days later, the Wildfire defeated St. Paul 5-1 on Dec. 20.

In the first period, sophomore Karlie McEnelly started the Wildfire scoring at 15:19 with an unassisted goal.

McEnelly’s momentum carried into the second period, where the Wildfire scored three additional goals, the first by junior Sarah Rosland at 2:08. Freshman Makayla Williams and sophomore Abby Hanscom assisted Rosland’s goal. Hanscom would score at 3:58 for the Wildfire’s third goal, assisted by junior Brityn Ryshavy. At 14:35, senior Jaci Reinke gave the Wildfire a three-goal lead, scoring on assists from sophomore Meghan Burmeister and eighth grader Ashlyn Rakos.

Waconia had 28 shots on goal compared to the Blades’ 12. Hartmann took to the goal again, saving 11 shots for a total save percentage of .917.

The Wildfire are now 9-2-1 this season and will compete at a tournament in Willmar later this week.