The Northern Edge girls' hockey co-op would continue their winning streak and charted back to back road wins starting on Friday against Brookfield and edged Lakeshore on Saturday. The Edge has now won seven straight contests to improve to 11-5 on the season and has not lost a game since the beginning of January.
Starting on Friday night, Northern Edge rallied for four goals in the first period to cruise to a 6-2 win at Brookfield. The Edge would tally all four goals in a six minute stretch the first period and tacked on two more goals in the third.
Kate Vizanko put the Edge on the board at 3:01 in the first period on an assist from Caitlyn Fesnick. But the Glaciers would respond at 5:28 when Hadley Malcolmson found the back of the net to tie the game up 1-1. But that was short-lived and the Edge would use a 16-4 edge on shots to regain the lead for good.
Emily Kassler scored at the six-minute mark and exactly one minute later Alicia Turunen connected on an assist from Vizanko and Kassidee Linssen. Evelyn LeVeque capped off the scoring at 8:23 to give Northern Edge a 4-1 lead.
Brookfield turned the tables in the second period and would out-shoot Northern Edge 15-9. Malcolmson scored her second goal of the night on a powerplay midway through the period on an assist from Molly Cole and Maddy Rudella to pull the Glaciers within two goals.
In the final period, Brookfield again held a 9-5 edge on goals, but keeper Anna Maulson did not let a shot past her in the final 17 minutes of action. And Madi Losch taked on a pair of late goals to give the Edge a four-goal victory. Losch scored at 13:15 and added another at 14:16 on an assist from Wyndi Saari and Isabella Boyer.
On the night, Northern Edge held a 30-28 advantage on shots and Maulson recorded 26 saves in the win.
Then on Saturday, the Edge recorded their seventh straight win of the year as they edged Lakeshore Lightning 3-2 on Saturday in Kettle Moraine. The Edge would score all three of their goals in a six minute stretch starting late in the first period, and would fend off the Lightning from there.
Lakeshore got on the board at 3:37 on a goal from Anna Gontarski and assist by Caitlin Kennedy. The Lightning would hold that 1-0 advantage a majority of the period until Boyer even the score out at 14:22 on an assist from Emily Kassler. And only 31 seconds later Saari put the Edge ahead 2-1 on a goal at 14:53, assisted by Vizanko and Boyer.
In the second period Boyer would score Northern Edges' final goal of the evening at 3:43 to give the Edge a 3-1 lead. Lakeshore pulled within one goal after Gontarski connected again early in the third period, but Turunen and Northern Edges' defense denied any other opportunities from there.
The Edge finished with 33 shots while Lakeshore recorded 22 which included a 12-5 edge in the second period. Turunen recorded the win in goal and finished with 20 saves.
Northern Edges' contest against Hayward tomorrow night has been cancelled so Lakeland was able to host Medford in the first round of the GNC boys' tournament. Sunday will be the girls' selection seeding meeting. The Edge will be back in action Saturday at Marquette.
The Northern Edge girls' co-op recorded their first win of the year on the road at Medford on Friday night. Kate Vizanko of Lakeland led the way with four goals and Rhinelander’s Madi Losch also charted a pair of goals as the Edge cruised to a 10-3 victory at the Simek Center in Medford.
The second period proved to be the strongest for Northern Edge where they tallied half of the goals of the night. The Raiders recorded a goal every period but was not enough to hang around with the Edge. Overall Northern Edge had a 50-15 advantage on total shots including 27-6 in the opening period
It was only suiting that Vizanko recorded the Edge's first and last goals of the night and added a pair in the second period. It did not take her long to make her mark as she recorded the first goal only 28 seconds into the match to give the Edge the lead. Medford's Emily Schafer responded to tie the game up 1-1 at 7:06 in the first, but Northern Edge rallied to score the final two goals of the period and took a 3-1 and never looked back. Serena Hanke scored at 7:23 on an assist by Ellie Stank and Caitlyn Fesnick and Emily Kassler scored at 10:46 on an assist by Evie LeVeque to give the Edge a 3-1 lead.
Medford scored the first goal of the second period to cut the lead to one, and marked the only goal scored on a powerplay of the night and was assisted by Kristen Brandner two minutes into the period. But the Edge would respond with five straights goals and would balloon their lead to 8-2. The Edge rallied to scored four goals in 3 minutes, 39 second span starting with a Losch at 6:15. Vizanko would score a pair of goals at 7:27 and 9:36. Only 18 seconds later LeVeque connected and Losch would add her second goal with 55 seconds left in the period to give the Edge an 8-2 lead.
Schafer recorded a hat trick for Medford and recorded their final goal of the night at 10:06 in the third, but again the Edge responded with a pair of goals to put the contest out of reach. Wyndi Saari and Vizanko scored in the final two minutes of the game.
Lakeland junior Anna Maulson earned the win in the goal for the Edge, recording 12 saves on the night. Medford's Alex Nicks recorded 40 saves on the night.
Northern Edge co-op will now prepare for their home, Hodagland tournament. The Holiday invite will be Friday through Sunday at the Rhinelander Ice Arena. The Edge will be playing a varsity squad as well as a varsity reserve team in the eight-team tournament. The varsity will take on Viroqua Friday night, will face Marquette Saturday, and Stoughton on Sunday.
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