Girls hockey wins in overtime at Superior, 3-2
It was a joyful bus ride home for the New Richmond girls hockey team last Thursday.
The Tigers earned their first win of the season, in overtime, by beating Superior 3-2.
It seemed that all the breaks had been going against the Tigers this season. In the overtime, a break finally went their way.
New Richmond's Chelsea Singerhouse put a shot on goal that was covered by the Superior goalie. The goalie then uncovered the puck, but no whistle had blown. A Superior defenseman and Tiger freshman Siera Myer both charged toward the free puck. The puck was knocked into the net, with Myer getting credit for the game-winning goal.
Tiger coach Willie Peterson said the girls have been working hard and he felt the win was a reward for their efforts.
The girls have experienced many road trips in the start of their season. In this game, Peterson said they finally appeared to have adjusted to the bus rides. Instead of playing sluggishly at the start of the game, they were sharp and were able to generate several scoring chances in the first period.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the Tigers got on the board early in the second. Chelsea Singerhouse brought the puck out of the corner on the power play, passing to Dani Edin. Edin's shot was tipped in front of the net by Caitlynn Singerhouse and the carom snuck past the Superior goalie.
The Tigers' lead went to 2-0 when Paige Charland scored off a feed from Caitlynn Singerhouse five minutes into the third period.
Superior got its first goal 30 seconds later on the power play. The score stayed 2-1 until the late stages of regulation, when Superior pulled its goalie. The Spartans scored on a shot from the slot to tie the game.
The Tigers got a strong effort in goal from sophomore Ellie Tylee, who stopped 26 of the 28 shots she faced.
Peterson said the team is focusing on improving its defensive zone work this week. The team's practices have centered around tying up opponents in front of the Tiger net and using the body better in the defensive zone.
The Tigers have two more games scheduled before Christmas. They play at home against Menomonie on Thursday and they will play at Chippewa Falls next Tuesday.