Tiger girls hockey ties Hayward, 2-2
It isn't often that the girls on New Richmond's first line are held without a goal in a hockey game.
That happened against Hayward last Thursday. Two of the girls on the second line stepped up to score goals, helping the Tigers to earn a 2-2 tie with Hayward.
Dani Edin and Shelby Rolland stepped in to provide the goals for the Tigers in the tie.
Hayward came into the game with a 5-3 record while the Tigers were 3-7-2 this season. The Tigers have been playing every one of their opponents closely. Coach Willie Peterson had been prodding the girls to cut down their opponent's shot totals in each game. That worked in this game, with the Tigers outshooting Hayward 24-18.
Edin's goal came after a good bit of work on her part on a forecheck during a power play. Edin was able to get control of the puck near the boards.
"She just uncorked one," Peterson said. "Her shot hit the knob of the goalie's stick and knocked it right out of her hand."
The coaches have been saying Edin has the hardest shot on the team. After this goal, Hayward's girls were believers.
Rolland, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal with 56 seconds left in the second period. It was the Tigers' second power play goal of the night.
Rolland got the puck in the slot after a deflection. She squared up to the goal and buried the puck in the net.
Rolland is getting more time on the power play because of her improved play. Another freshman who could become more involved in the offense is Siera Myer. The coaches are looking for ways to inject more speed into the offense. Myer is one of the fastest Tigers, but has only been seeing limited time as the team's fifth defenseman. The coaches are looking for more speed at forward to help create more scoring opportunities for the team's leading scorers, Chelsea Singerhouse and Paige Charland.
Peterson said the second line of Rolland, Edin and Carley Schmidt did their best job of moving their feet throughout a whole game. He credited the second defensive unit of Madysyn Kelly and Josie Wold for playing one of their best games.
Peterson was highly encouraged by the team's play in the third period on Thursday. While they were outscored 1-0, the Tigers outshot Hayward 13-4 in the period. The Tigers followed that by outshooting Hayward 4-0 in the overtime.
"We had our best third period, we just couldn't put the puck in the net," Peterson said.
The Tigers did a much better job of moving the puck against Hayward than they did two nights earlier, when they lost to the Burnett County Blizzard 3-1.
The Blizzard scored twice in the first period, taking advantage of defensive breakdowns by the Tigers.
The Tigers also scored in the first period. Charland went top shelf for the goal after getting a nice feed from Caitlynn Singerhouse.
The coaches had been looking at the possibility of making some line changes. They'll have plenty of time to experiment. The Tigers played on Tuesday and then they are in a nine-day span without a game. They don't play again until Thursday, Jan. 21, when they skate at Menomonie.