Tomahawk skating girls on a roll
The Hatchet girls have played a rough hockey schedule lately, with several ranked opponents on the bill, but they are more than holding their own.
Afer falling 3-2 in overtime to the fifth-ranked Northern Edge (Antigo/Rhinelander co-op) last Monday, the Hatchets stayed hot by handling Siren/Webster 4-0 on Friday and edging Marshfield 1-0 on Monday.
Erica Vallier scored the only goal against the Tigers with 11:41 left in the second on a Rylie Flohr assist.
“We beat the tigers for the first time in four years,” THS coach Greg Vallier said. “Erin Sparks earned another shut out and was the backbone of the team as always.”
Saves–THS–Erin Sparks 10-12-7–29. MHS– Madi Hall 10-5-9–24.
Tomahawk took a 1-0 lead on Vallier’s goal with 15:43 left in the second and she added another unassisted tally with 14:53 to go in the game. Vallier picked up the hattrick with 8:28 left (A- Sparks) on the power play, and Chelsea Garinger (A-Kiersten McCormick) pushed it to 4-0 with a power play score with 5:42 left.
“The Hatchet girls had a couple of firsts,” Vallier said. “Chelsea Garringer scored her first goal of the season with a face-off win right to her stick and a quick snap shot to the twine. Erin Sparks sent a pass to Erika Vallier, who took the puck from end-to-end and put the biscuit in the basket, giving Sparks her one and only high school assist and maybe the only assist by a goalie in the state.”
Saves–THS–Erin Sparks 5-3-2–10. S/W– Mackenna Johnson 9-23-15–43.
THS led 2-0 after two periods with a pair of unassisted Vallier goals, including a short-handed tally late in the second. But Lauren Smith scored twice in the third and set up Katie Detert’s gamewinner 1:50 into OT.
“We had multiple power play opportunities and couldn’t cash in on any of them” Vallier said. “We had a late flurry and came very close to ending the game in regulation. Rylie Flohr had a breakaway and Shea (Peterson) made a great save to keep the OT going. Erin was once again amazing”
Saves–THS–Sparks 16-15-14-4–49. NE–Shea Petersen 3-4-1-2–10.