Wildfire girls’ hockey wins big over Shakopee

The Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team is on a five-game winning streak after picking up a win against Shakopee on Jan. 5.

In the Wildfire’s 3-1 victory, it was Shakopee that would lead 1-0 after a goal in the first period.

But in the second, the Wildfire answered with two goals, the first by senior Jaci Reinke at 12:14. Reinke’s power play goal was assisted by sophomore Abby Hanscom. Freshman Megan Menzuber scored the go-ahead goal at 14:44 on assists from juniors Shania Gonzales and Sarah Rosland.

In the third period, junior Jamie Kichler scored an empty net goal for the Wildfire on a power play at 16:09.

Holy Family/Waconia handedly outshot Shakopee in a 35-9 contest. Freshman goalie Lexi Hartmann saved eight of nine shots on goal for a save percentage of .889.

Wildfire head coach Ryan Rice said the game was one “we had to win,” because of the seeding implications for sections, and called the game very exciting.

“The girls played very well against a good Shakopee team,” he said. “We controlled the play most of the game playing very strong defensively as a team.”

With their fifth straight win, the Wildfire are 13-2-1 this season, also undefeated in the Wright County Conference (3-0). Orono is also undefeated in the WCC and boasts and equally good record. The two teams faced off Jan. 8. As the season comes to a close in early February, this game could decide the conference title winner.

Holy Family/Waconia will host Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato this Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Victoria Ice Arena. The Wildfire won 8-2 last time the two teams met on Dec. 11.