Wildfire knocked out in first round

Senior Sarah Rosland
Senior Sarah Rosland

The Holy Family/Waconia girls’ hockey team was knocked out of the Section 2AA tournament last weekend, as the No. 5 seeded Wildfire fell to No. 4 Chaska/Chanhassen Feb. 7 in Chaska.

In the 4-2 loss, Wildfire head coach Ryan Rice said the team played its most complete game of the season.

“They played with amazing energy for all three periods,” he said.

Freshman Ashlyn Rakos put the Wildfire on the scoreboard first, with a goal at 7:17 in the first period, assisted by eighth grader Chloe McEnelly. Rice said Rakos’ goal gave the Wildfire a boost. Chaska/Chanhassen tied it up at 13:03, before junior Abby Hanscom found the net to give the Wildfire a 2-1 lead after one period of play.

The Storm Hawks posted two second period goals to take a 3-2 lead.

“We faltered a little giving up tow goals in a short time,” Rice said. “We fought very hard and had several good chances to score to tie it up.”

Junior Brooke Riddle
Junior Brooke Riddle

In the final second of the game, the Storm Hawks scored an empty net goal to make it a 4-2 game.

Sophomore Lexi Hartmann tended goal for the Wildfire and saved 25 of 29 shots on goal. The Wildfire offense had 30 shots.

“Lexi Hartmann played very well in the nets making many key saves throughout the game,” Rice said.

Although they ultimately came up short, Rice said he was proud.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls and the effect they gave,” he said. “With a little puck luck we could have easily won that game.”

Chaska/Chanhassen advanced to play No. 1 Eden Prairie on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Wrapping the regular season with a 2-2 tie against Shakopee earlier last week on Feb. 3, the Wildfire put up a tough fight against the Sabers.

The Wildfire were first on the board, scoring in the first period. Senior Sarah Rosland put the puck passed the Shakopee goalie at 15:56, on an assist from senior Jamie Kichler.

Shakopee tied the game at 1-1 in the final minutes of the second period. In the third, junior Abby Hanscom found the back of the net at 2:54, assisted by senior Brityn Ryshavy and freshman Sydney Klein, to put the Wildfire up 2-1.

But Shakopee wasn’t finished yet and the Sabers responded five minutes later with their second goal of the game. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, neither team was able to score in the overtime period, although each team had shots on goal.

Hartmann was in net, saving 29 of 31 shots on goal for a .935 save percentage. The Wildfire had 26 shots on the Shakopee goal.

The Wildfire finished the 2013-14 campaign 13-12-1 and were second in the Wright County Conference. Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.


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