Holiday break well timed for Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey
With nearly half the team sick or injured, the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team badly needed a break.
The girls varsity hockey team headed into their holiday break with a 4-6 record after a 6-0 loss at Woodbury, Minn., last Thursday.
By the third period of Thursday’s game the Stars were down to five healthy forwards and three healthy defensemen. The Stars kept the game close, trailing 3-0 after two periods.
“We had kids pulling double shifts, trying their best,” said Stars coach Emily Dabrowski.
Stars goalie Tina Montpetit had another banner night, making 28 saves to help the team stay in contention most of the way.
The game was a bit awkward for the Stars. Woodbury is coached by Chris Lepper, whose daughter, Emma, is a senior with the Stars.
“Emma, man, she really worked,” Dabrowski said.
The Stars coaches are giving the team a week away from practice to begin the holiday break. This decision was made with a specific plan: “to get the team healthy,” Dabrowski said.
The coaches think that a healthy squad can put together a strong effort for the 2014 portion of their schedule.
“We’ve got to get back to our game,” Dabrowski said. “I think it’s fatigue. They know they can do it. They need to get recharged.”
The Stars resume their schedule on Saturday, Jan. 4, when they face the St. Croix Valley Fusion at 7 p.m. at the United Civic Center in Baldwin.