With the regular season wrapping up this weekend and section competition just around the corner, the Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team is ready for the post season after a conference win over Hutchinson and a pre-section match up against Chaska/Chanhassen last week.
Winning 5-2 at Hutchinson on Jan. 23, head coach Ryan Rice said the Wildfire came out of the gate very strong and player well in the first period. In the second, Hutchinson outworked the Wildfire, according to Rice, and the Wildfire battled for a 2-1 lead after two.
Sophomore Megan Menzuber scored early in the third to “give us some breathing room,” Rice said. Hutchinson answered to make it 3-2 before junior Brooke Riddle turned around with a goal for a 4-2 Wildfire lead. Eighth grader Molly Garin sealed the win with an empty netted goal.
Losing 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 25, Rice said the Wildfire played very well against a tough section opponent.
“We outplayed them and out shot them in the first period, but could not get a puck past their goalie,” he said.
Menzuber put the Wildfire on the board in the second with a goal, before the Storm Hawks tied it up. The third period was scoreless between the teams and the game went into overtime, where a Storm Hawk put a “great shot in the upper corner,” to win the game.
“It was a tough loss,” Rice said, “In terms of section match ups, however, our effort was there and we did a lot of really good things that game.”
Sophomore goalie Lexi Hartmann saved 17 of 19 shots on goal on Jan. 25, for a .895 save percentage.
With a 6-1 record in the WCC, the Wildfire are second only to Orono (4-0-1). The Conference will be decided Saturday in a match up with the Spartans, in the Wildfire’s final game of the regular season. Section play begins Feb. 7, as the Wildfire will faced the six other Section 2AA teams in Bloomington Jefferson, Eden Prairie, Edina, Shakopee, Chaska/Chanhassen, and Prior Lake. In section match ups during the regular season, the Wildfire were 0-4.
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