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Tiger girls edged by Viroqua

Two quite evenly matched girls hockey teams squared off when Viroqua visited New Richmond last Friday.

New Richmond's girls were able to control their share of the action in the game. But the Tigers could only get the puck past the Viroqua goalie once, leading to a Viroqua 2-1 victory.

The game was played with good pace, as both teams tried to be aggressive in end to end action. Viroqua scored first, early in the first period. The Tigers matched that goal, scoring with 6:49 left in the first period.

Ashlyne Anderson scored the Tiger goal. She led a rush up ice. The initial shot on the rush was stopped, but Anderson kept poking at the puck until it squirted under the Viroqua goalie and into the net. Erin Dodor and Stephanie Kendrick got assists on the goal.

The game remained tied until Viroqua scored five minutes into the second period, getting the goal on a fluke bounce of the puck. After playing a strong first period, the Tigers couldn't match that intensity in the second period. The Tigers did rebound to play an energetic third period, but couldn't get the tying goal.

Tiger coaches Steve Gehr and Jeff Titcomb said, though it isn't reflected in scoring yet, the team has dramatically improved its offensive play. The coaches were pleased with the team's passing in the game, enabling the Tigers to control the puck better in the offensive zone.

The play on the defensive side for the Tigers was strong again. Molly Gehr put together another strong game in goal. The Tigers were able to get a good forecheck going for much of the game.

The Tigers face a big game this Thursday. They will be playing at Hudson in a game that starts at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers beat Hudson in the first game between the two teams this season.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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