Girls hockey hoping to climb above .500 mark
The New Richmond girls hockey team reached, dropped below, then re-found the .500 level during their three games in the past week.
The Tiger girls are now 7-7 for the season. They will try to climb above the .500 level on Thursday, when they play at Menomonie. The Tigers have already defeated Menomonie once this season, by a 3-2 score.
On Friday the Tigers played one of their best offensive games of the season in rolling up a 7-1 win over Viroqua at the New Richmond Sports Center.
The team's coaches have been trying to find two lines of forwards that can produce effectively, so they used a new combination on Friday. Leading scorer Megan Cox was paired with Rachel Mullendore and Carley Schmidt on the first line. Senior Leah Egan will center Caitlynn Singerhouse and Chelsea Singerhouse on the second line.
Those combinations seemed to click against Viroqua. Cox and Mullendore each netted two goals, with Schmidt getting a goal and a pair of assists. Egan and Dani Edin also scored in the win.
Tiger coach Jake Hetzel said the team has had problems breaking the puck out of its own zone in recent games, which led to rearranging the forward lines.
The changes came after the Tigers lost the night before at Hudson by a 5-2 score.
Hetzel called the Hudson loss "a headache for everybody." The Tigers led 2-1 after the first period. The Tigers had gotten a pair of tip-in goals to take the lead. Chelsea Singerhouse scored first, on the power play. Caitlynn Singerhouse got the second goal, with 31 seconds left in the period.
Hudson started the second period like a ball of fire and the Tigers couldn't match the Raiders' intensity the rest of the game. Hudson concentrated its defensive efforts toward Cox and Mullendore and the Tigers had trouble finding other ways to generate offense.
The loss at Hudson followed the first time the Tigers had reached the .500 mark during the week. That came last Tuesday, when they won 2-1 against the Burnett County Blizzard, which brought the Tigers' season record to 6-6.
The Tigers trailed 1-0 after the first period of the game, but that doesn't reflect the pace of the period.
"The first period was probably the best period of hockey we played this season," Hetzel said. "We moved the puck well, but their goalie was a brick wall."
In the second period the Tigers tied the score when Caitlynn Singerhouse scored during a 5-on-3 power play.
The score was 1-1 going into the third period. Egan, the senior co-captain, scored the go-ahead goal with just over five minutes played in the third period. Edin carried the puck into the Blizzard zone along the left side. She sent a centering pass to Egan, who was battling for position in front of the net. Egan was able to redirect the puck between the goalie's pads and into the goal.
Elizabeth Nadeau made sure the Tigers' lead stood up. She finished with 17 saves in goal for the Tigers.
New Richmond 7, Viroqua 1
First Period: 1. NR, Megan Cox (Rachel Mullendore) :32. 2. NR, Cox (Carley Schmidt, Mullendore) 7:57. 3. Viroqua, Courtney Reed (un) 8:53. 4. NR, Leah Egan (Caitlynn Singerhouse, Anna Dodor) 16:32.
Second Period: 5. NR, Dani Edin (Kyimeny Pearson) 8:36. 6. NR, Mullendore (Schmidt, Cox) 16:04.
Third Period: 7. NR, Mullendore (un) pp :34. 8. NR, Schmidt (Dodor) 6:00.
Saves: New Richmond (Elizabeth Nadeau) 14; Viroqua (Annika Olson) 30.
New Richmond 2,
Burnett County Blizzard 1
First Period: 1. BC, Alex Lenetti (un) 8:01.
Second Period: 2. NR, Caitlynn Singerhouse (Shelby Melby) pp 11:47.
Third Period: 3. NR, Leah Egan (Dani Edin) 5:08.
Saves: New Richmond (Elizabeth Nadeau) 17; Burnett County (Tiffany Meyer) 18.