Tiger girls hockey takes third place at Rochester
One of the best performances in a holiday tournament from our local schools came from the New Richmond girls hockey team.
The Tigers took third place in a tournament in Rochester (Minn.). They won two of their three games and their only loss came in an overtime shootout.
The Tigers opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Dodge County (Minn.). Junior Megan Peterson, making her second varsity start, recorded the shutout and she earned it. She stopped 32 shots to record her first varsity win.
Tiger coach Willie Peterson said former NRHS boys hockey goalie Matt "Bubba" Page deserves an assist in the shutout. Page worked with her in the previous night's practice. He had her concentrate on squaring up to the puck. He also worked on her on some of the finer details about playing goal, like hugging the pipe to stop wrap-around attempts.
Paige Charland scored the first Tiger goal at 11:29 of the first period on a breakaway. The second goal came midway through the third period, when a shot by Shelby Melby took a fluke bounce and snuck past the Dodge County goalkeeper.
That win moved the Tigers into the semifinals against Luverne (Minn.). This was a game the Tigers felt they should have won, but they didn't play their steadiest game. The Tigers scored first on a goal by Chelsea Singerhouse. Luverne then scored the next three goals.
Late in the second period the Tigers were able to tie the score on goals by Caitlynn Singerhouse and Charland. Luverne retook the lead with a goal 7:40 into the third period.
The Tigers were able to tie the score with 90 seconds left in regulation. Chelsea Singerhouse fired a pass to her cousin, Caitlynn, who had planted herself along the far post of the goal. Caitlynn stuffed the puck into the corner of the goal before the Luverne goalie could react.
Caitlynn Singerhouse's versatility stood out in this tournament. She and Tiffany Olek form the top defensive tandem for the team. Singerhouse has extensive experience at forward and is free to join in a rush any time she sees the opportunity.
Peterson said that with Josie Wold and Maddie Kelly as the team's second set of defensemen, the position is becoming one of the team's strengths. He said the one area where Wold and Kelly need to continue their progress is clearing the puck out of the defensive zone.
After a scoreless overtime against Luverne, the game was decided in a shootout. Caitlynn Singerhouse and Charland were the first two Tigers to shoot and both of their attempts hit the pipe and clanked away. One of Luverne's first two shots was good. That left it to Chelsea Singerhouse, but her shot was stopped, meaning Luverne won the game.
In the third place game the Tigers faced the Chicago Rattlers. Because of bad weather the Tigers arrived at the game minutes before they were supposed to warm up. It may have worked to their benefit. They had a quick, concentrated warmup and started the game with tremendous energy.
Less than two minutes into the game, the Tigers took the lead. They were unstoppable, finishing with a 4-1 victory.
Charland got the opening goal, after Caitlynn Singerhouse chipped the puck out of the Tiger zone to get Charland the puck in open ice.
Singerhouse got the second goal, with seven minutes left in the first period, off a feed from Melby.
New Richmond's Dani Edin scored the only goal of the second period, with Carley Schmidt getting the assist. Singerhouse scored in the third period, wtih Edin assisting.
The Tigers' domination in this game is reflected in the shot totals. The Tigers produced a season-high 41 shots, while allowing a season-low of 13 shots to Chicago.
In the second half of the season the Tigers are hoping to produce more shots in each game, while cutting into the number of shots the opposition is getting. The Tigers will be playing at home at 7 p.m. this Thursday against Hayward, in a makeup of an early-season cancellation. The Tigers will also skate at home next Tuesday, against Eau Claire.