Wildfire fall to Orono

Eighth grader Molly Garin scored one of the Wildfire’s six goals against Dryden early last week.

Eighth grader Molly Garin scored one of the Wildfire’s six goals against Dryden early last week.

The Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team rang in the New Year with a Blaine tournament appearance and a loss to Orono last week.

Competing in the Schwan Cup, the Wildfire kicked off the tournament with a 6-1 victory over Dryden (of Ontario) on Dec. 30.

The Wildfire led 2-1 after the first period, thanks to goals from Chloe McEnelly and Ashlyn Rakos. Holy Family/Waconia upped the lead to 3-1 in the second period with another goal from McEnelly.

McEnelly finished her hat trick at 7:21 in the third, followed by two more Wildfire goals from Molly Garin and Sarah Rosland.

The Wildfire fell to Achiever Academy 3-0 on Dec. 31, before starting 2014 with a 3-0 win over St. Paul United on Jan. 1.

Menzuber logged two goals against St. Paul United, with the third from Rosland.

The week wrapped up with a 2-1 loss to Orono on Jan. 3. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead after the first period and put their second goal past Lexi Hartmann three minutes into the second period.

The Wildfire brought the game within one when Hanscom scored on a power play, assisted by Rosland and Kichler. Rice said the Orono game was a good one, and while the Wildfire may have come out on the wrong end of the score, they played well.

“We have struggled in the past on their Olympic sized ice sheet to get any kind of quality scoring opportunities,” he said. “I thought we fore checked well and moved the puck up the ice in transition well, but we just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

The Wildfire will get another shot at the Spartans on Feb. 2, this time on home ice.

“I look forward to our end of the year match up,” Rice said. “Hopefully, it will still have conference title implications.”

Holy Family/Waconia will also get another chance at Achiever Academy this Thursday. Now 9-7 on the season, the Wildfire are 3-1 in the Wright County Conference, trailing Orono at 3-0. Conference action will continue next week at Mound-Westonka (Jan. 14), before the Wildfire host Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Jan. 17.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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