Jan 01

New Girls Hockey Head Coach Hired


This afternoon Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar announced the hiring of Randy Koeppl, as the  new head coach for the Wildfire girls hockey  program. Coach Koeppl comes with a wealth of coaching experience, including 15 years of coaching at the high school and club levels.

After a standout career at Bloomington Jefferson, where Coach Koeppl played goalie on back to back state championship teams, he went on to play in the USHL, and eventually for Coach Woog at the University of Minnesota. He’s remained active in the game ever since, coaching varsity boys hockey at Holy Angels, and most recently at Hopkins High School.  In addition to his high school hockey coaching commitments, Coach Koeppl has also been serving as a leader and mentor in Winny Brodt-Brown’s OS Selects all-girls hockey program, and coaching in the Eden Prairie youth association and Team MN.

Coach Koeppl will email families regarding a team meeting and summer training opportunities in the coming days.

Jan 01

Wildfire defeats BSM, carry momentum into next game


Coming into an important contest Thursday night, the Wildfire hockey team was riding a wave of momentum from two big victories in the Schwan’s Cup. Having just defeated Tartan 8-2 and Irondale 6-2, the girls were slated to take on the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights, a perennial powerhouse and team that they’d never before defeated. But, things where about to change.

Freshman Caitlin Rock said, “Going into the game we knew it would be tough. The team had to come together and make a game plan. We knew what we had to do to win the game.”

The Wildfire jumped out to an early lead, as Lauren Hickey scored three minutes into the game on assists from Molly Garin and Ashlyn Rakos. BSM answered a few minutes later when Sally Calegnor netted to tie the game at one a piece.

The Wildfire came out roaring in the second period, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. Lauren Hickey added her second of the game, and Claire Rothstein extended the lead to 3-1. Benilde answered a minute later on a goal from Megan Cornell and then tied the game at 3 at the beginning of the third period.

The Wildfire bounced back ten minutes into the period when Sadie Long scored on assists from MacKenzie Lamp and Maddie Brandt. The girls held on to clinch a huge 4-3 victory over the Red Knights, extending their winning streak to 3 games.

The team then looked to extend that streak the next night against Litchfield at Waconia City Ice Arena. Going into the game, Molly Garin said, “Beating BSM was a pretty big deal and it is a good momentum swing for our season and for our game against Litchfield.”

The Fire did indeed carry that swing into the contest, rolling over the Dragons 7-0. Garin had another multiple goal game, scoring twice. Hickey also had a two goal night. Rock, Long and McEnelly all also added a goal. Jasmyn Neubert made 11 saves for a shutout.