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USM Girl's Hockey Version of Cardiac Kids

By Del Scanlon, WiPH, 12/03/22, 10:15PM CST


Live By the Power Play, Die By the Power Play

 The USM Wildcats traveled to Onalaska after an overtime win against the Bay Area Ice Bears on Friday evening. The Coulee Region Cyclones returned home after a close 3-1 victory in Somerset against the Western Wisconsin Stars. 

The Cyclones were able to open the scoring with a power play goal by McKenna LaFleur with an assist from Ashlyn Praxel at 9:45 off the first period. USM answered at 13:22 when Tatum Cook assisted on Ena Hines power play goal. The end of the first found the game tied at 1. Molly Jex had 8 saves for the Wildcats, while Diana Hanson had 5 saves for the Cyclones.

The second period saw both teams moving the puck, but the Cyclones were peppering Jex with shots. Coulee Region outshot the Wildcats 20-5 in the period. However, the Wildcats converted a second power play goal with 53 seconds left in the period. Helen Bechthold put the puck in with an assist from Eileen Carey. USM led 2-1 at the end of two.

The start of the third period was delayed a little bit in starting as the officials were getting some of the excess water off the ice with a squeegee. Once the game was underway, the Cyclones started applying pressure to tie the game. USM was assessed a penalty at 3:56 of the third. Coulee Region tied the game at 5:15 of the third, when Jaden Hammes took a slap shot from the top of the circle. The shot hit the crossbar and fell in behind Jex. The Cyclones picked up their fifth penalty of the game at 10:24 of the third. Lily Valimont scored the Wildcats' third power play goal at 10:34 of the third with Charlotte Fetherston and London Chase assisting. The Wildcats picked up their fifth penalty at 10:51 of the period. USM was able to kill off the penalty and cling to their one goal lead. The Cyclones pulled their goalie with 1:08 showing on the clock, but just couldn't get the tying goal into the net. USM picked up their fourth 1 goal victory of the season to improve to 4-1 (their one loss was a one goal loss). Coulee Region felt the agony of defeat for the first time this season and have a 3-1 record.

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