Tiger girls hockey waiting for breaks to go their way
The breaks haven't been going the way of the New Richmond girls hockey team early this season but the Tigers are hoping that will be changing soon.
The Tigers are 0-4 this season after losing a pair of games in the Wisconsin River Classic, played at Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
A perfect example of how the Tigers' season has gone was their 4-3 loss to Appleton in the opening round of the tournament. The Tigers played well in most aspects of the game, producing three goals that were the result of hard work in the offensive zone. But Appleton was able to score off several breakaways to build its lead.
Sophomore Paige Charland scored two goals in the game. Both came from her relentless back-checking. The third goal was scored by Chelsea Singerhouse on the power play, with assists from Caitlynn Singerhouse and Dani Edin.
Tiger goalie Ellie Tylee made 29 stops against Appleton.
The Tigers then ran out to get lunch and quickly had to return to play their second game of the tournament, against the combined team from Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point. The Tigers outshot the Red Raiders in the first two periods, but still trailed 2-0. In the third period the Tigers ran out of energy, giving up two more goals to lose 4-0.
Coach Willie Peterson said one alarming tendency the team has shown is giving up goals in pairs. In both instances in this game the opponent's goals came within minutes of each other. He said the Tigers can't get down on themselves after giving up one goal, because opponents are attacking even more aggressively after they score.
The Tigers have been all over the state in the first weeks of the season. They travelled down the western border of the state last Tuesday to play at Onalaska. This was another close game that the Tigers weren't able to finish off. They fought back to tie the game 2-2 early in the third period. Onalaska then scored two goals within 90 seconds of each other in the middle of the third period to win 4-2.
New Richmond's first goal was scored by Carley Schmidt early in the second period. A pass off the boards from Shelby Melby bounded right to Schmidt who was stationed at the edge of the goal. She tucked the puck into the net before the Onalaska goalie could recover.
Charland tied the game at 2-2 with a goal at the 4:35 mark into the third period. Charland scored after taking the puck on an end-to-end rush.
Tylee made 21 saves in goal for the Tigers.
To make matters more difficult for the Tigers, they played the weekend short-handed. They have several players out with concussions and it may be some time before the Tigers have a complete lineup again.
This Thursday the Tigers will get to see another part of the state when they play at Superior. The Tigers will play at home next Tuesday, when the Hudson girls visit.