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WiPH Holiday Classic, Second Round

By Bill Berg Jr, WiPH Staff, 12/28/22, 10:45PM CST


The Black River Falls Tigers lead for more nearly two full periods, but it was the Chippewa Falls/Menomonie Sabers that skated away with an overtime 2-1 win to open the second round of the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Holiday Classic.

Zowie Hunter weaved around two defenders and buried it in the first period to give the Tigers the lead. A lead they would hold until the 9:43 mark of the third period when Kinley Laux put the Sabers back on the board and tied the game.

She powered around the defense and put a backhand through the five-hole. 

The Sabers won the game in overtime on a loose puck in front of the net. Joey Schemenauer played Johnny-on-the-spot and poke it through the traffic and into the net for the OT win.

Much like the first round, Tiger goalie Sydney Magnuson stood on her head in the loss, stopping 57 of 59 shots. Kasandra Herr stopped 20 of 21 for the Sabers.

The Eau Claire Area Stars bounced back from the 1-0 opening round loss to the Warbirds with a 4-0 win over the Rock County Fury in their second round game.

Addison Gruhlke scored on a feed from Evelyn Kolar in the first period for the only scoring. She stored again, again from Kolar in the second, before Kolar netted a power play goal (from Gruhlke no less) to make it 3-0 after two periods.

And because we haven't said their names enough, Kolar added the Stars' fourth goal, again from Gruhlke to make it a 4-0 win.

The Fury threatened on a couple occasions but Amy Thul turned away all 12 shots she faced in the 4-0 win. For the Fury, Jillian Traver stopped 37 of 41 shots in the loss, bringing her total for the tournament up to 71 of 83.

The Fury will face Black River Falls in the 7th place game on Thursday. The Stars will face familiar foe, Chippewa Falls/Menomonie in the Consolation Championship.

The Bay Area Ice Bears dropped a commanding performance in their 4-1 win over the Fox Cities Stars in the second round of the tournement.

Neither team scored in the first period but the Ice Bears shot out to an 11-4 shot advantage. They broke the seal in the second period on a goal by Rachael Beeck from Claire Bradford.

Fox Cities answered back ten minutes later Evie Mursau evened it up for the Stars and sent it to the third period 1-1.

Emily Bill scored twice to give the Ice Bears a 3-1 lead before Stacey Cloute scored an empty netter to give them a 4-1 win.

The Ice Bears out shot the Stars 40-10, with some stiffing puck control.

Ella Sciborski stopped 36 of 39 in the loss for the Stars. Anna Bycek stopped 9 of 10 in the win for the Ice Bears.

In the final game of the night, anybody who stuck around for the day was rewarded with a real barn burner, going into two overtime periods before it was settled.

When it was settled the Hayward Co-op Hurricanes took a 4-3 victory over the Warbirds.

The Warbirds opened the scoring late in the first period. Ella Spies fired a shot on goal, and Maddy Gilson knocked in her rebound on the back door to make it 1-0.

Hayward answered back early in the second. Riley Sprenger fired one from an off angle that found the back of the net to even it up, but the Warbirds would retake the lead in the period.

Spies hit Allison Waara with a long, lead pass behind the Hayward defense and Waara scored to take a 2-1 lead after two periods.

Hayward scored the next two goals in the third period. First Reese Sheehan stole the puck from the Warbirds defence and walked in to score, and they followed with Sprenger's second goal. She took a feed from Reese Duncan and forced her way to the net and pushed the puck in.

Spies answered back for the Warbirds, stealing the puck from Sheehan and going end-to-end. She couldn't put it home but Kendra Dogs was there to knock in the rebound and tie the game.

Neither team would score again in regulation, or the first overtime period. In the second overtime, which is played three-on-three, Spies got a breakaway and rang iron, but the Hurricanes turned it around the other way, and Sprenger netted the game winner for the hat trick.

Greta Woelber had 39 saves on 42 shots in the win for the Hurricanes. Hailee Scheier had 27 saves on 31 shots in the loss for the Warbirds.

The Warbirds will face Fox Cities in the third place game on Thursday, and the Hurricanes will face Bay Area in the Championship.

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