The Central Wisconsin Storm's only loss this season came late last month when they dropped a 6-5 overtime thriller to the Eau Claire Area Stars. On Tuesday night at the Greenheck Fieldhouse, the Storm evened the score with a 4-1 victory.
The Stars got on the board first when a rare defensive lapse by the Storm left Madison Schwengler unguarded in the slot. Paige Ruppert saw her from the corner and fired a pass that Schwengler buried at 6:54 in the first period.
That would be the only scoring in the first period. CWS goalie Sydney Weiland stopped the other 8 shots by the Stars, while ECA goalie Alesha Smith stopped all 6 shots that she saw.
There was lots of action but no scoring in the second period, thanks largely to Weiland's quick feet. The Stars had a perfect back door set up on a 2 on 1, but Weiland managed to get across the crease and put her left leg pad in front of the puck. Later in the frame, a slap shot hit Weiland high in the chest and the rebound went straight to a Stars forward looking at an open net. Weiland slammed her right leg pad down just in time to block the door.
Central Wisconsin broke the seal on the Stars' net at 2:58 in the third period. A fluttering, bouncing wrist shot from Lauren Wincentsen eluded Smith's glove and snaked its way between her leg pads into the net.
Lauren Ellis grabbed the lead for the Storm when she redirected a point shot from Kayla Piskula to put CWS up 2-1 at 5:26. Ellis scored again on a 2 on 1 with a shot from the slot off a pass from Sarah Croker at 11:43.
ECA had a chance to draw within one goal while killing a penalty late in the period. Ava Kison got behind the Storm defenders on a breakaway, but her backhand shot clanked off the crossbar. A Storm defender gathered in the puck and threw it up ice to Trinity Foster for a breakaway in the other direction. Foster did not hit the crossbar, but made it 4-1 for Central Wisconsin.
Each team put 22 shots on net, with Smith stopping 18, and Weiland 21.