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Girls hockey overcomes three deficits, wins in OT

New Richmond's girls hockey team just wouldn't give up. Three times during Friday's game Baraboo took a one-goal lead on the Tigers. Each time, the Tigers came back to tie the game, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime, Steph Kendrick won a race to a rebound and snapped it past the Baraboo goalie to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory.

The win is the third straight for the Tigers this season and raises their season record to 7-7-1. The Tigers now have an extensive break in their schedule, with their next game at Altoona next Tuesday.

Baraboo had started the season with a seven-game winning streak. Since then the Thunderbirds have been in a slide, going 2-4-1 in their seven games leading into Friday's contest.

After a scoreless first period, Baraboo scored 14 seconds into the second period. The Tigers scored their first goal 3:12 into the period. Senior Erin Dodor got the puck behind the net, circled to her right, all the way out to the blue line. She then charged down the slot and cleanly beat the Baraboo goalie high on the glove side. Natalie Olbrantz got an assist on the goal.

The score remained 2-1 until the final 30 seconds of the period. Baraboo got a shot from the blue line. Tiger goalie Lea Jondal was in position to make the save, but the shot hit traffic in front of the net and deflected into the net.

The second of the Tigers' tying goals came 1:45 into the third period. Alli Moore scored this tying goal, rapping in a rebound, with Olbrantz and Steph Kendrick getting assists.

Baraboo took its third lead of the game on another shot deflection, 6:30 into the third period.

With less than five minutes left in regulation, the Tigers tied the game again. Kendrick, Hannah Dove and Hannah Haffner made a rush up ice, with Kendrick getting the assist and each of the Hannahs getting an assist.

Kendrick was playing forward at this time, something that the Tiger coaches have started recently.

"We decided we needed a little punch up there," Gehr said in giving his leading scorer shifts as forward. Moore has two years experience playing defense from her years in Hudson, so she and Kendrick will occasionally shift roles. Kendrick will also be put on a line with Dove and Haffner. In that case, the three other defensemen, Dodor, Alicia Anderson and Britni Osterkamp, rotate in the two defense positions.

Gehr said he is able to use that rotation because of the progress that Anderson and Osterkamp have made this season. Dodor and Kendrick are both seniors and have been anchoring the defensive unit since they were freshmen.

That sent the game into overtime. Again the line of Haffner, Dove and Kendrick made a rush up ice, just over three minutes into the overtime, with Haffner putting a shot on net.

"Their goalie left a rebound in the mid-slot, that meatball was just laying there," Gehr said. "Steph (Kendrick) pounced on it and whacked that thing in the net."

In the first meeting between these two teams, Baraboo had outshot the Tigers by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. In Friday's game it was the Tigers who were able to produce more shots. The Tigers also successfully killed three penalties in the game.

The Tigers are in the home stretch of their season. They only have three regular season games remaining, with a final game on Feb. 12 against Superior. After that game the seeding meeting will be held. The girls hockey sectionals are scheduled to be played on Feb. 25-26, with the state tournament in Madison on March 4-5.

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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