The Rhinelander/Antigo girls' co-op hockey team could no slow down Stevens Point/Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday night, and fell 8-1 at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
In the non-conference match-up, the Red Panthers would rally for 62 shots in their seven-goal victory. With goalie Shea Petersen recording 54 saves on the night.
Stevens Point/Marshfield/Wi. Rapids would start strong and connect on three first period goals and outshot the Edge 21-3. On the night, the Red Panthers were led by Kaylee Bruneau, Emily Exner, and AJ Weiss who scored two goals each on the night.
Their early momentum didn't stop after the first, the Panthers would quickly connect on their first goal of the second. Weiss charted her first goal of the night, only 54 seconds into the frame. And Bruneau would also tally her second just two minutes later.
But the Edge didn't back down, despite being down five goals. Late in the second Alicia Turunen had a breakaway down the ice, and Kourtney Carrico was there for the rebounding getting the shot past goalie Maddie Hall at 4:35. Hall would finish with eight saves. In the final period, Pistol Coweden of the Panthers took over in the net and saved all three shots that came her way.
That would be Northern Edge's lone goal of the night, and wouldn’t be enough offense to keep pace with the Panthers. For the 2016-2017 season the Edge is only averaging 11.75 shots per match in their first four contests. Tuesday night proved to be no different offensively, while the Edge was out-shot 62-12 overall.
Weiss would chart her second goal at the 11:00 minute mark in the third, this time going unassisted. The Panthers took a convincing 7-1 advantage.
After Northern Edge committed one of their six penalties of the night with 20 seconds remaining in the game, they decided to pull Petersen out of the net for an extra offensive push. But for the second time this season opponents would score an empty net goal.
And Bryar Brooks would score the final goal of the night, and was not only in an empty net, but was a short-handed goal for the Panthers.
Despite the outcome of the match, Northern Edge has made improvements from the start of the year, and support on and off the ice has been evident. The Edge will look to continue to improve and learn from their early matches.
Northern Edge will return to action on Friday night for a non-conference match on the road at Beaver Dam.