With nearly double the number of skaters over two seasons ago, there's plenty of reason for optimism in the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey program.
And with wins in their opening three games, the Stars are showing they're ready to take their game to the next level.
The season couldn't have started better for the Stars, by beating one of the long-time powers of the area, the St. Croix Valley Fusion, 2-1 last Wednesday. This was two quality teams waging a spirited battle. The Stars scored both of their goals in the first period.
First, Ellie Brice fired the puck into the upper corner of the net on a shot from the top of the circle 6:31 into the game. The lead increased to 2-0 when Mackenzie Mike scored off a power play faceoff at the 12:16 mark.
The Fusion scored its only goal with 35 seconds remaining in the second period.
Slideshow photo by Bob Burrows