The Rhinelander/Antigo girls' hockey team used a strong second and third period to rally past Medford on Thursday night and earn a 7-2 win at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building in Antigo. Northern Edge scored six unanswered goals and Madi Losch finished with a hat trick to lead the way.
In their first match against the Raiders early in the year, Rhinelander/Antigo only earned a one-goal victory. But their second match up, the Edge showed great strides in their second win of the season. Losch not only scored the final three goals of the night for Rhinelander, she also assisted on the first four goals.
Emily Schafer of Medford started the scoring off just 23 seconds into the game on a powerplay after the Edge had too many skaters on the ice. But Rhinelander/Antigo answered back about 2 1/2 minutes later. Emily Kassler evened the score out 1-1 on an assist from Losch and Lauren Kefalinos.
Medford held a slight 10-8 edge on shots in the first period, but the Edge controlled the tempo after the first period and would outshoot the Raiders 37-11 in the final 34 minutes of action.
Jade Forster was final back in action for Rhinelander after being unavailable for the teams’ first three games and added another offensive threat, scoring a pair of goals and two assists.
She scored at 5:43 on an assist from Losch and her younger sister Nevaeh Forster. Jade Forster would score again in the final minute of the second period on another Losch assist to give the Edge a 4-1 lead.
Kefalinos would score in between Forster's goals on a powerplay at 8:30 in the second and was assisted by Evelyn LeVeque and Losch.
Just 26 seconds into the final period Losch scored her first goal of the night but that was only the start. She scored at 4:10 on a powerplay on an assist from Jade Forster to give the Edge a five-goal lead.
Ryley Koski would score for Medford on a powerplay at 7:41 after an Edge roughing penalty but that would be as close as the Raiders would come. Losch scored the final goal of the night with 57 seconds left in the contest on a Jade Forster assist to give the Edge a 7-2 win.
On the night Rhinelander/Antigo outshot Medford 45-21 and goalie Alicia Turunen charted the win and finished with 19 saves. The Edge converted 3-of-7 powerplays while the Raiders were 2-of-4. Northern Edge will be back in action when they travel to Lakeland/Tomahawk Friday.