With two wins over the Wisconsin Jr. Stars, the Wisconsin Selects Tier II U19 team won the state title and will advanced to the Central District championship in March. Both teams are pre and post teams with their players starting high school play this week.
In the first game, outstanding goaltending by Abby Nutini of the Stars and Chloe Lemke of the Selects kept the game scoreless until the fifteen-minute mark of the third period. Hannah Baumann took a pass from Lexie Hagen and found the back of the net for the game winning goal. The Selects outshot the Stars 38-10.
Game 2 saw the Stars take a first period lead on a goal by Olivia Kaminsky. Kennedy Grulhke with assists from Emma Stephenson and Hagen tied the game midway through the second period. Defender Jamie Steinmetz rang the puck off the pipe and into the net for a 2-1 Selects lead midway through the third period. Tristan Wicklund increased the lead after taking a pass from Kennedy Grulkhe and slipping it past the Stars netminder. That goal proved to be the game winner as Zowie Hunter scored the Stars second goal which set the stage for a closing 6-4 situation that the Selects turned back. Sydney Magnuson stopped 51 shots for the Stars. Her counterpart, Chloe Lemke stopped 16.
For the fall, the Wisconsin Selects recorded a 21-5 record losing one game to the Stars and four to the Northshore Warhawks of Illinois. Last spring, the Selects beat the Warhawks in overtime to capture the Central District title and advance to USA Hockey Nationals in Denver.
The Selects are coached by former UW-Eau Claire forward Emily Bauer and assisted by longtime Wisconsin high school coach currently assisting the Hudson varsity boys Steve Kirley and UW-
Stout professor Greg Slupe.
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