Wildfire pick up two WCC wins

Senior Jamie Kichler takes a shot during the Wildfire’s Jan. 17 game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.
Senior Jamie Kichler takes a shot during the Wildfire’s Jan. 17 game against Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

When all was said and done, it was a pretty good week for the Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team last week, as the Wildfire picked up two conference victories over Mound-Westonka and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

Defeating Mound-Westonka 2-1 on Jan. 14, the Wildfire trailed 1-0 after the first period. But two second period goals would be enough to seal the game for Holy Family/Waconia.

Just 1:30 into the second period, sophomore Makayla Williams tied the game at 1-1, scoring on assists from senior Shania Gonzales and junior Meghan Burmeister. Just 90 seconds later, eighth grader Molly Garin launched a power play goal into the back of the net on another Gonzales assist for the 2-1 Wildfire lead. Both teams were scoreless in the third period and the Wildfire came away with the Wright County Conference victory.

Sophomore Lexi Hartmann saved 23 of 24 White Hawk shots for a .958 save percentage. The Wildfire offense pounded Mound-Westonka’s Emma Polusny with 40 shots on goal.

Strong play continued on Friday night as the Wildfire hosted the 5-14 Dragons of Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. The Wildfire took an early 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to a goal from Williams (assisted by Garin and junior Abby Hanscom) and a short-handed goal from sophomore Megan Menzuber (assisted by Hanscom).

The Dragons brought the game within one to end the first period 2-1 in favor of Holy Family/Waconia and battled through a scoreless second period. But the Wildfire packed the game against in the third period, finding the back of the net twice more. Senior Jamie Kichler scored just 48 seconds into the period on assists from Menzuber and Garin, before freshman Ashlyn Rakos wrapped up the game at 10:08 with the Wildfire’s fourth goal, assisted by sophomore Allyson Marrs and senior Brityn Ryshavy.

The Wildfire outshot the Dragons 38-25 and Hartmann saved 24 shots for a .960 save percentage.

The week ended with a 4-1 loss in Dodge County on Saturday, as the Wildfire fell to the Dodge County Wildcats.

Down 4-0 in the third period, which included two short-handed goals by Dodge County, Hanscom capitalized on a Wildfire power play to score the team’s lone goal of the day, assisted by junior Brooke Riddle.

The Wildfire were handily outshot by Dodge County 41-12 shots on goal. Hartmann saved 37 shots for a .902 save percentage.

The Wildfire are now 11-9 overall,  and are 5-1 in the WCC, sitting in second place behind undefeated Orono (3-0). Holy Family/Waconia will face off against section competitor Chaska/Chanhassen this Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Victoria Ice Arena before hitting the road to Shakopee (Jan. 28) and New Ulm (Jan. 30) next week. Conference action resumes Feb. 1 as the Wildfire host undefeated Orono to battle for the top of the WCC.

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