SHS girls skate to 4th straight victory
The victory extended the Spartans’ winning streak to four games and evens their record on the season at 9-9.
The winning streak started with victories over Eau Claire-Altoona and Silver Bay. The past two wins were both over the Lady Cardinals, including a 3-2 victory Saturday night in Chippewa Falls.
“The kids are finally starting to buy into everything that we’ve trying to get them to do,” SHS coach Ernie Harker said. “Their passing has been spot on, that’s something we’ve really been working on, and you can tell it’s paying off by how they’re playing. We’re passing the puck around, not just trying to jam it through crowds.
“With the playoffs coming up this is the right time to pick up our game.”
Emma Peterson led the Spartans Tuesday with three goals and three assists. Samantha Young added a pair of third-period goals and Kali Krivinchuk scored a goal and dished out an assists.
The Spartans also got two assists from Amanda Hinaus and one assist from Ari Jago.
Despite playing with the flu, senior goaltender Justine Stenberg was also on her game, stopping 25 shots.
“She’s been quite the story,” Harker said. “Justine didn’t decide to play hockey until a couple of years ago and now here she is — you can’t ask for anything more from a goaltender.”
Eden Regg and Marissa Gibbs scored goals and Alexis Hermann had 25 saves for the Lady Cards.
Regg’s goal came with 30 seconds left on a power play at 7:41 of the first period.
The Spartans goal that goal back nine seconds later when Peterson scored with assists from Hinaus and Krivinchuk.
Peterson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated around a couple of Cardinal players and beat Hermann with a back-hander to give Superior a 2-1 lead after one period.
“That shut them right down and rained on their parade,” Harker said. “If we would have let that go a little bit longer, it would have been a much tougher to recover.”
The Spartans took a 3-1 lead 3:02 into the second period when Peterson skated in from the right boards and centered the puck to Krivinchuk, who scored from the slot.
“That was big,” Harker said. “Kali’s very defensive minded, but she’s been working her tail off to get the puck to the net. Getting her to score is huge for our team, that helps balance our lines.”
It went to 4-1 two minutes later on Peterson’s high wrist shot from the slot.
Superior killed off a 5-on-3 penalty at the end of the second period, but weren’t as fortunate on another penalty two minutes into the third as Gibbs scored with assists from Kailey Dresel and Payton Rudiger.
Once again the Spartans quickly answered as Hinaus stole the puck, passed to Peterson, who then fed Young in the slot where she flipped the puck over Hermann.
The final goal of the game came when Peterson skated through the slot and fed Young at the right post, where she beat Hermann with another high shot. Jago also assisted on the power-play goal.
“Young’s been doing an awesome job, as have our defense,” Harker said. “We only have 10 skaters (two lines and four defense) so everybody knows they have to do their part.
“If we had three full lines, we’d be a dangerous team every night.”
The Spartans, who were at Siren Thursday night, play at River Falls at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Superior wraps up the regular season next week with games against Hayward, Hudson and New Richmond. All five games have an impact on the sectional seeding for the upcoming playoffs.
Chippewa Falls/Menomonie 1 0 0 — 1
Superior.................................... 2 2 2 — 6
First Period: 1. CFM, Eden Regg, 7:41 (pp). 2. SHS, Emma Peterson (Amanda Hinaus, Kali Krivinchuk), 7:50. 3. SHS, Peterson, 14:41.
Second Period: 4. SHS, Krivinchuk (Peterson), 3:02. 5. SHS, Peterson, 5:16.
Third Period: 6. CFM, Marissa Gibbs (Kailey Dresel, Payton Rudiger), 2:00 (pp). 7. SHS, Samantha Young (Peterson, Hinaus), 3:04. 8. SHS, Young (Ari Jago, Peterson), 8:55 (pp).
Saves: Alexis Hermann, CFM 7-8-10—25. Justine Stenberg, SHS 10-7-8—25.