The Rhinelander/Antigo girls' hockey team went 2-1 in their home Hodagland Tournament which started Thursday and closed on Saturday, and finished 2nd. Northern Edge would use momentum and won their opening match 2-1 over Stoughton at the Rhinelander Ice Arena, before falling to tournament champion; Viroqua 4-0. The Edge would then close the tournament with a convincing 9-1 win over Medford.
Rhinelander sophomore Madi Losch recorded both goals for the Edge over Stoughton co-op including the game-winning goal on a powerplay with only 2:35 left in the match.
Northern Edge came back after being down 1-0 in the second period and charted two-straight goals to open the Hodagland tournament with a win. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak, as the Edge return a majority of their key players to their lineup.
Freshman Hannah Weber put the Icebergs on the board at 5:17 in the second period on a short-handed goal. Stoughton capitalized after a Northern Edge turnover in the defensive zone, and Weber was able to put one passed goalie Alicia Turunen.
Losch put the equalizer in late in the second period. At 14:28, senior Kourtney Carrico sent a pass up near the blue line, and Losch was able to go top-shelf and tie the Edge up 1-1, and more important gave them momentum going into the final period.
And in the Edges' final and what proved to be the winning goal, Turunen cleared a pass up to Losch who had a breakaway at the net and put another one top shelf passed goalie McKenzie Nisius.
In the win, the Edge held a 29-24 advantage on shots which included a 15-7 advantage in the opening period. Turunen finished with 23 saves.
In Northern Edges' lone loss of their home tournament, Rhinelander/Antigo was blanked 4-0 in their second game on Friday morning. The Blackhawks scored in all three periods and score early in each period.
Alice Blake scored in the opening minute of the match to put Viroqua on the board, and they never looked back. Teammate Kelsery Shaner would tack on to the Blackhawks lead only 19 seconds in the second period.
And in the final period, again Viroqua would tally back-to-back goals from Emma Kolden and Naomi Schroeder and would cruise to a 4-0 victory. The Blackhawks would go on to win the tournament.
Viroqua outshot Northern edge 39-12 in the contest and Turunen recorded 35 saves in the loss.
Northern Edge closed the Hodagland Tournament with a convincing 9-1 victory over Medford on Saturday. The Edge rallied for five goals in the first period from five different players.
Payton Bunnell got the edge started with a short-handed goal and the flood gates opened from there. Turunen, Losch, Ashley Adams, and Nevaeh Forster also charted first-period goals. Emily Schafer of the Raiders scored in the first period to bring Medford within one-goal at 2-1, but that would be as close as they would get.
Northern Edge would tack on three more goals to their 5-1 first-period lead in the following period. Lauren Kefalinos scored on an assist from Ellen Padgett and Losch would chart her hat-trick with back-to-back goals, including a short-handed goal to put Rhinelander/Antigo up 8-1. Kefalinos would add another goal in the final period, and the Edge would cruise to a 9-1 win and would secure second place in the Hodagland Tournament.
Gwen Frederickson was in goal for the Edges’ final game of the tournament and only allowed one goal and charted 13 saves in the victory. Northern Edge held a 38-14 advantage on shots including an 19-8 edge in second period.
Rhinelander/Antigo will be back in action when they travel to Somerset to face Western Wisconsin Stars. Northern Edge fell 7-1 in their first meeting back in the beginning of December.