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.